Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • The Feed
  • What you're talking about today

ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

LOS ANGELES — ABC, which canceled its Roseanne revival over its star's racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.

ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.

In a statement issued by the show's producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when Roseanne was canceled last month.

"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne," she said, adding, "I wish the best for everyone involved."

The revival of the hit 1988-97 sitcom Roseanne was swiftly axed by ABC last month after Barr posted a tweet likening former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.

Tom Werner, executive producer of the original series and the revival, said in the statement that he was grateful to reach the deal to keep the team working "as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family."

ABC said that the new series, with The Conners as its working title, will star John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman.

How Barr's character, the family matriarch, will be erased from their lives was left unexplained for now by ABC.

"After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before," the network said in its announcement, referring to the fictional Illinois town where the family lives.

The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago," ABC said, a nod to the unusual portrayal of a blue-collar family on TV.

In a joint statement, the cast expressed support for the project.

"We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it's clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience," they said.

After getting the chance last season to tell stories about challenges facing working-class family, they're glad to "continue to share those stories through love and laughter," the actors said.

The new show was ordered from producer Werner Entertainment without a pilot episode, the typical basis for a series to be greenlit.

Barr's tweet had been condemned by ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey as "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."

Barr initially apologized and deleted the post, which had followed her pattern of making controversial political and social statements on social media. Some observers questioned why ABC had ordered the revival given her history.

But the comedy's return was an instant smash for ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co., and was counted on to lead the network's fortunes next season.

Its first new episode last March was seen by more than 25 million people, with delayed viewing counted in, numbers that are increasingly rare in network television.

Kantar Media said Roseanne earned an estimated $45 million in advertising revenue for ABC through last season's nine-episode run.

The show tackled hot-button topics such as the opioid epidemic, single parenting and the Trump presidency, with the fictional Roseanne's support mirrored by that of Barr in real life.

The reboot also prompted some outrage, including over a joke about two other TV comedies featuring minority characters that was deemed dismissive and an episode some people called Islamophobic.

Comments

‘Bosch’ gets nod for Season 6

The Amazon series based on author Michael Connelly's bestselling books about an LAPD detective just wrapped shooting on Season 5.
Published: 11/15/18
‘Science Friday’ broadcasting live from WUSF ahead of Tampa Theatre show

‘Science Friday’ broadcasting live from WUSF ahead of Tampa Theatre show

Science Friday with host Ira Flatow will be live and local this week from the University of South Florida in Tampa.Science Friday is normally recorded in advance before airing on Fridays, but with the radio show and podcast’s production team in...
Published: 11/14/18
POKEMON Detective Pikachu: the live-action Pokémon movie the world didn’t know it wanted

POKEMON Detective Pikachu: the live-action Pokémon movie the world didn’t know it wanted

The trailer shocked many, prompting some to question whether it was joke. It is, in fact, quite real and a major push for the franchise.
Published: 11/13/18
Idris Elba named People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2018

Idris Elba named People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2018

Jimmy Fallon broke the news on 'The Tonight Show' as he revealed the cover to Elba, who appeared via satellite from London.
Published: 11/06/18
SNL’s Pete Davidson slammed for making fun of Dan Crenshaw, GOP candidate who lost an eye in war

SNL’s Pete Davidson slammed for making fun of Dan Crenshaw, GOP candidate who lost an eye in war

Crenshaw didn't demand an apology, but he did urge the show's writers not to use injured veterans as "punchlines."
Updated one month ago
You stole my candy! Watch how these kids reacted to Jimmy Kimmel’s latest Halloween prank

You stole my candy! Watch how these kids reacted to Jimmy Kimmel’s latest Halloween prank

From rage, to sorrow, and even plain disappointment, children react to parents who played along with Jimmy Kimmel by telling them that they ate all their Halloween candy.
Updated one month ago
Have unwanted candy? Trade it in for Reese’s cups with this machine

Have unwanted candy? Trade it in for Reese’s cups with this machine

Lollipops and Jolly Ranchers just aren’t for everybody.That’s why some trick-or-treaters in New York City could be flocking to this seemingly innocent-looking vending machine to trade in their unwanted disappointing candy or one of Americ...
Updated one month ago
National Cat Day: St. Petersburg artist Danial Ryan on his surreal feline art

National Cat Day: St. Petersburg artist Danial Ryan on his surreal feline art

Danial Ryan can’t stop painting cats.   Felines appear in most of the paintings and drawings by the St. Petersburg-based artist who also incorporates pop culture — Batman has crept in lately — iconic snack foods, and the grim re...
Updated one month ago
Stunned reaction as WWE’s Roman Reigns reveals leukemia diagnosis, relinquishes title

Stunned reaction as WWE’s Roman Reigns reveals leukemia diagnosis, relinquishes title

"My real name is Joe, and I've been living with leukemia for 11 years. And unfortunately it's back."With that, WWE star and Tampa-area resident Roman Reigns opened Monday night's telecast of "Raw" to announce his diagnosis and decision to relinquish ...
Updated one month ago