Roseanne Blames Co-Star Sara Gilbert for Revival Firing & Cancellation

Roseanne Barr is still quite angry about about being fired from her show, and now specifically blames former co-star Sara Gilbert for her downfall. Regardless of one’s opinion concerning Barr herself, there’s no doubt that Roseanne is a deservedly iconic sitcom, and worthy of inclusion in any hypothetical TV show hall of fame. Running for nearly a decade, Roseanne was one of the defining comedies of the 1990s, and cast a welcome focus on a family of working class people that struggled with everyday issues.

In the current age of remakes, revivals, and sequels to classic TV shows, it wasn’t too surprising when talk got around to bringing back Roseanne. Of course, the biggest wild card coming into ABC’s Roseanne revival was the titular lead actress herself. Barr’s politics had taken a hard right turn in the time since her show ended, going from vocal liberal firebrand to stalwart supporter of Republican candidate (and ultimately president) Donald Trump. While she’s certainly entitled to her opinions, Barr had also developed a reputation for engaging in fiery and antagonistic pro-Trump rhetoric on Twitter, and most dangerously, sharing and promoting various conspiracy theories.

Related: Roseanne Cancellation Drama: Every Tweet & Reaction

With that in mind, any TV network going into business with Barr had to know full well what they were getting into. It’s hard to believe ABC executives didn’t foresee a scenario in which Barr unleashed a racist remark on Twitter, and sure enough, that infamously happened. Whether they anticipated it or not, ABC wasted no time in firing Barr, and canceling Roseanne, which had just recently been renewed for another season. Barr has since blamed multiple culprits for her behavior, including Ambien, anti-Trump forces in Hollywood, and at one point, her co-stars for “throwing her under the bus.” Now, as part of a new interview with The Washington Post, Barr has set her sights on one particular person she blames for her career spiraling downward: onscreen daughter Sara Gilbert.

She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet. She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.

Based on her own words, Barr seems to believe that at the point Gilbert sent out her Tweet condemning Barr’s actions, there was still a chance of salvaging the Roseanne revival. To be fair, ABC’s cancellation announcement did follow Gilbert’s Tweet very closely. That said, the idea that Gilbert weighing in is what ultimately made ABC – and parent company Disney – decide to cancel a top-level moneymaker like Roseanne is a huge stretch. It recalls Barr’s prior insistence that she was fired due to her support of Trump, when she was already a vocal Trump supporter prior to ABC greenlighting the revival, a similar stretching of logic. For her part, Gilbert told The Washington Post:While I’m extremely disappointed and heartbroken over the dissolution of the original show, she will always be family, and I will always love Roseanne.

While Barr recently returned to stand-up, and remains active on the conservative political talk scene, it’s still unclear if her mainstream acting career will eventually recover. People have certainly come back from doing worse. That said, Barr’s continued refusal to accept full personal responsibility for what happened to her – she’s expressed remorse publicly several times, but always ends up backtracking later –  is only likely to delay any possible moment of redemption career-wise. In the meantime, ABC just renewed Roseanne-less spinoff The Conners for season 2.

More: What To Expect From The Conners Season 2

Source: The Washington Post

2019-03-22 10:03:26

Michael Kennedy

The Conners May Have Found Its New Roseanne and Dan

Darlene and Ben are starting to look a lot like the new Roseanne and Dan as The Conners continues to figure out life after Roseanne Barr. Before settling on the ensemble concept of The Conners, ABC was originally rumored to be considering a Roseanne spinoff built largely around Sara Gilbert’s Darlene. This week’s episode gave a glimpse of what a Darlene-centric series might have looked like as it focused in on the single mom and her burgeoning relationship with her boss Ben (Jay R. Ferguson).

Ben, of course, is the second love interest for Darlene this season, the first having been the meek Neil, played by Justin Long. It didn’t take Darlene long to move on from Neil though, as she realized her relationship with him was just a perpetuation of her dynamic with David (Johnny Galecki), who was always hilariously easy to intimidate and push around. Soon after going to work at her new job as a copy editor on the low-rent Lanford rag “Lock ‘Em Up,” an ethically dubious compendium of mugshots so cheap it doesn’t even have a website, the sparks began to fly between Darlene and the rag’s writer/editor Ben.

Related: The Conners Explains Why Dan & Jackie Still Put Up With Each Other

Darlene being Darlene, she immediately began suggesting ways to improve the publication, including making it less overtly offensive. But Ben being Ben, he pushed back on all Darlene’s ideas, forcing her into the unfamiliar position of slightly giving in. After slowly building up the Darlene-Ben dynamic over the past few weeks, this week’s episode of The Conners took things to the next level as the two hooked up at work and then made a dinner date. But that date would prove to be a disaster as Darlene started trying to boss Ben around at his own place, first balking at taking her shoes off, then fighting over the choice of wines and finally trying to salt his homemade paella to her own fussy specifications.

The petty grievances that surfaced during the dinner and even made Darlene walk out early somewhat heavy-handedly pointed up the nature of the Darlene-Ben relationship: they’re both fundamentally stubborn people who think their way is always the best way, and who struggle with compromise. But rather than flee from her new potential romance, Darlene showed up for work the next day to work things out with Ben and continue their relationship, problematic as it may be.

Thus far this season, The Conners has treated the characters’ new love interests mostly as comic foils (this is especially true in the case of Jackie’s boyfriend Peter, played by a smug Matthew Broderick) but Ben stands out in that he feels more fully-formed and therefore potentially more important long-term. In fact, in the dynamic between Darlene and Ben, one can sense a little of the old Roseanne-Dan push-and-pull. Of course, Roseanne was always an incredibly stubborn and dominant character, but Dan in his own way was equally as willful, though in his case this tended to manifest itself less as manipulation and more through outbursts of temper.

Ben doesn’t come across as hot-headed as Dan, at least so far, but he does have some of Dan’s willingness to stand his ground. He also has some of Dan’s protective streak, as the audience learned in the recent episode where he showed up at the casino to help Darlene fend off the creeper who was giving her a hard time. Ben even is a similar physical type to Dan, big and burly but with a basic warmth. It feels at least a little like The Conners is attempting to recreate the Roseanne-Dan relationship in Darlene and Ben’s sparring and making up, though it remains to be seen if the pattern will continue as the show plays out, or if Ben winds up as just another discarded supporting character.

Related: How The Conners Killed Roseanne & The Impact It Has On The Spinoff

Of course, nothing will ever truly replace the dynamic between Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, two perfectly paired actors playing memorable characters. Thus far, the Darlene-Ben relationship feels a little clumsily handled, particularly in the case of this week’s dinner scene, which seemed rushed and a bit unconvincing as the episode steam-rolled toward the predictable reconciliation. It’s hard to say if The Conners is on to something with Darlene and Ben’s relationship, but it seems clear that the creators are hoping Sara Gilbert and Jay R. Ferguson can find at least a little of the magic Roseanne Barr and John Goodman created together.

More: The Conners Review

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2018-12-06 01:12:38

15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped)

There are many forms of entertainment, but television is one of the most popular. Watching TV has been a popular pastime ever since the television was created in 1927. Programs can often bring families together or can even give people an escape from reality while they binge-watch their new favorite show. People used to have to pay for cable to watch their favorite shows, but now, watching TV is easier than ever with the mass amount of streaming services that have become available, such as Hulu and Netflix.

Some of the best shows are even exclusive to streaming services such as these. Even YouTube has expanded to include TV shows that come in a variety of genres. Needless to say, there is now a seemingly endless amount of programming that will entertain anybody and everybody.

Much like movies, there are a wide variety of TV shows and genres to pick from. TV networks seem to come out with a variety of different shows each year including sitcoms. While a network might release a few different sitcoms each year, a lot of them seem to flop and be forever forgotten by viewers. Other sitcoms stick around for several years resulting in many seasons worth of laughs.

Some of these shows have stuck around longer than they probably should have, but others were so terrible that they were canceled after only one season.

 Here are the 15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped). 

30 Massive Hit: The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory may have not launched any of the main actors acting careers, but the show certainly boosted them into the spotlight. The Big Bang Theory came on the air in 2007 thanks to creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The show centers around a group of geeky and socially awkward friends who hang out with a waitress named Penny.

The show has become incredibly popular during its twelve seasons on the air, with many celebrities making cameos on the show.

The Big Bang Theory became so popular that it even received a spinoff about a young Sheldon Cooper.

29 Flopped: Caveman

The Cavemen were a popular marketing image used by the auto insurance company GEICO starting in 2004. While people don’t see a lot of the Cavemen anymore, they used to be incredibly popular. ABC thought they were so popular that they should launch a sitcom featuring the GEICO Cavemen.

The show was a massive failure with viewers and critics and was therefore canceled after one season. Thirteen episodes were created for the first season; however, only six of them aired in the U.S. Caveman was such a flop that it didn’t even get a DVD release to try and make some money back. 

28 Massive Hit: Friends

Friends was a massive win for NBC and ran for ten years from 1994 to 2004. The show just follows the lives of six friends living in Manhattan, but many people loved the idea of the show.

Friends was, and still is, adored by fans and critics. The show even landed the #24 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series. The sitcom did a lot for all of the actors involved in the series, but is often considered a turning point for Jennifer Aniston’s career. 

27 Flopped: Ferris Bueller

John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick was a hit back in 1986. Fans still love the movie to this day and even launched a “Ferris Fest” in Chicago to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie. While the film was successful, the TV series was not.

The show titled Ferris Bueller followed Ferris and his friends’ everyday life at high school. What made the first movie fun was that Ferris wasn’t in school, but NBC apparently didn’t get that since they picked up the series in the ‘90s. The show didn’t bring back any of the original cast members and ended after one season. 

26 Massive Hit: That ‘70s Show

When That ‘70s Show first came on the air, there was no guarantee that the show would succeed. The show starred primarily new young actors, with little to no acting experience. That ‘70s Show was even the very first acting job for Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Laura Prepon. Thankfully, the risk paid off for Fox and became a massive hit.

The series lasted for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. Besides, Kutcher, Grace, and Prepon, the show also starred Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama. The cast did a phenomenal job for a total of 200 episodes, and then went on to have even more enriching careers in Hollywood. 

25 Flopped: That ‘80s Show

While That ‘70s Show was a massive hit, the success could not be repeated for That ‘80s Show. Even when Fox was still broadcasting new episodes of That ‘70s Show, they created a show about the ‘80s in 2002.

The show isn’t a direct sequel to the first show and the only way it connects to That ‘70s Show is that the main character, Corey Howard, is supposed to be Eric Forman’s cousin.

The show was created because of the popularity of That ‘70s Show, but people just weren’t interested in another show about a different decade. 

24 Massive Hit: The Office

The original The Office debuted on the BBC in 2001 and only stuck around for two seasons and a Christmas special. The concept for the show, however, was adapted eight different times for countries across the world.

One of the more popular versions of The Office came in 2005. The show starred Steve Carell as Michael Scott and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert. These two men have probably had the biggest career after the show ended, but the entire cast made a memorable group of characters that kept fans laughing for nine seasons. 

23 Flopped: George

George Foreman may be known for his impressive boxing career or even the famous George Foreman Grill, but he also got his own TV show in the ‘90s. The show ran for ten episodes, only nine of which actually ended up on the air. The show starred Foreman as a retired boxer who took care of troubled kids after school.

While Foreman’s show may have flopped, there is no doubt denying he was an impressive boxer especially since he won a gold medal in the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. 

22 Massive Hit: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother was a romantic comedy that aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014. The show centered around Ted Mosby, who would narrate the adventures that led up to him meeting his wife.

Apart from Ted, played by Josh Radnor, the series had several other memorable characters played by Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan. While the majority of the series was met with critical acclaim, the final two seasons are often criticized for the way it wrapped up the show. A spinoff titled How I Met Your Dad or How I Met Your Father have been in development before, but the spinoff has had some trouble taking off. 

21 Flopped: 1600 Penn

NBC has had some hits over the years, but 1600 Penn was not one of them. The series was about a dysfunctional family who lived in the White House with their father.

Bill Pullman played the President of the United States starring alongside with Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, and Martha MacIsaac. The show ultimately didn’t do well with critics who slammed the show for having too many sitcom stereotypes and being a failed parody attempt of The West Wing. The show was canceled after one season and people aren’t really begging NBC to bring it back. 

20 Massive Hit: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

There has always been an abundance of cop dramas on TV, but not as many cop sitcoms. Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars the singer of the comedy band The Lonely Island Andy Samberg, as well as Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Stephanie Beatriz.

In May, Fox decided to cancel the show, but the very next day, NBC picked it up and renewed it for a sixth season.

So far, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has won two Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for several other awards.

19 Flopped: Dads

The show Dads was created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and premiered on Fox in 2013. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi starred as two video game developers whose fathers move in with them. Not only was the show canceled after only one season, but it also got ripped apart by critics.

The series became known for depending on offensive gags to get laughs and having an array of unlikable characters. Along with Green and Ribisi, Brenda Song and Vanessa Lachey had recurring roles on the show.

18 Massive Hit: Modern Family

Modern Family is about three different families living in Los Angeles. Much like The Office, Modern Family was created as a mockumentary type sitcom. The series was created in 2009 and is still running on ABC. The show has won an impressive 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, which is partly because of the incredible cast.

Actors such as Ed O’Neil, Sofía Vergara, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet are some of the many talented people in the cast. While the series has been a massive hit so far, there are rumors that the show could be ending after season 10. 

17 Flopped: My Big Fat Greek Life

It isn’t every day that a romantic comedy will spawn its own TV show, but it certainly happens. My Big Fat Greek Wedding came out in 2002 and starred Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.

The movie revolved around the struggles that Vardalos’ character Toula had by marrying someone who wasn’t Greek. The TV series took place after the first film and starred Vardalos, but Corbett did not return. At first, the series had incredible ratings, but by the second episode, people had started to tune out, which led to CBS canceling the show. 

16 Massive Hit: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney in 2005 and is currently still running on FXX. The comedy is about five friends who run an Irish Bar in Philadelphia. McElhenney stars in the show alongside fellow comedians Charlie Day, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, and Glenn Howerton. The show began with low ratings, which is why FX forced the show to add a big name actor.

Devito was added to the cast and they haven’t looked back since. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has received critical acclaim since the beginning, and now thirteen seasons later, it has become one of the longest-running live action comedies ever. 

15 Flopped: Joey

Many fans were disappointed to see Friends go off the air in 2004. While most of the cast moved on to other acting roles, one friend stuck around to try and get more laughs for NBC.

After Friends ended, Matt LeBlanc played Joey Tribbiani in the spinoff show titled Joey.

The show saw Joey move on with his life and try to make it big in Hollywood as an actor. The show couldn’t live up to the success that NBC saw with the first series and it was ultimately canceled after two seasons. 

14 Massive Hit: Arrested Development 

Arrested Development has been bringing on the laughs ever since the first episode aired in 2003. The show originally ran for three seasons on Fox but was then later picked up by Netflix. Netflix released season four in 2013 and the first half of season five this year.

The show truly has an ensemble cast, including actors Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, and Will Arnett. Tony Hale and David Cross also have the fan-favorite roles of Buster Bluth and Tobias Fünke. The entire series can be found on Netflix. 

13 Flopped: Bad Judge

While shows like Judge Judy or The People’s Court may be hilarious already, NBC set out to make an actual sitcom about a judge in 2014.

Kate Walsh stars as Judge Rebecca Wright, who works at the Los Angeles County Circuit Court by day, but is a party animal by night. NBC canceled the show before the season had even gotten halfway through, although the rest of the series came on the air as planned. Most people gave the show negative reviews, mainly criticizing Walsh’s performance and the fact that the show just wasn’t funny. 

12 Massive Hit: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation, or simply Parks and Rec., was a massive hit for a couple different reasons. Not only was the show a sitcom, but it doubled as political satire and a mockumentary.

The show ran for a total of seven seasons, but for many people, that wasn’t enough. Parks and Rec. had an incredible cast and memorable characters that only got more hilarious as the series continued. This show most notably included Chris Pratt who has recently blown up in Hollywood, starring in many massive summer blockbusters. 

11 Flopped: Mulaney

John Mulaney is no doubt a funny guy. He is a stand-up comedian and even wrote on Saturday Night Live; however, the sitcom he created in 2014 couldn’t grab people’s attention. The show starred Mulaney himself as a comedian in New York. However, people were concerned about the show before it even came on the air.

The show had an obvious resemblance to Seinfeld and concerns were solidified when the show premiered. With Mulaney doing poorly with critics and with not a lot of people tuning in, the show was canceled after only one season.

10 Massive Hit: Community

Community’s premise centers on Jeff Winger, who is a lawyer who lied about having a bachelor’s degree and is forced to attend a community college. Community lasted for six seasons, five of which aired on NBC and the last on Yahoo! Screen.

The show became a massive hit not just because of the impressive writing team, but because of its cast.

Veteran comedian Chevy Chase stars in the show alongside actors like Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, and Donald Glover. The show also succeeded by parodying several television and movie clichés. 

9 Flopped: Rob

Some actors have a certain time in the spotlight before they fall out of it completely. Fans have seen this happen with Adam Sandler, despite his attempt to stay relevant, and also with his friend and co-worker Rob Schneider.

Schneider attempted to make a sitcom back in 2012 simply titled Rob and CBS actually picked it up. The show focused on Rob, a former bachelor who works as a landscape architect with OCD and who recently got married. Rob was canceled after eight episodes once the show was flooded with horrible reviews pointing out the show’s use of Mexican stereotypes and the weak supporting cast. 

8 Massive Hit: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Before Will Smith was a massive Hollywood star, he starred in a show on NBC called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show was a huge hit and spawned a total of six seasons and 148 episodes. Will Smith starred as a fictionalized version of himself who goes to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Bel-Air after he gets into one little fight and his mom gets scared. We all know how the rest of the story goes.

Besides Smith, the show is known for the talented cast members, the unique story, and the wide range of celebrity cameos.

7 Flopped: AfterMASH

After the show M*A*S*H ended, CBS came out with AfterMASH. Adequately titled, AfterMASH centered around Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulch who end up in a veteran’s hospital after the Korean War ended.

While M*A*S*H did quite well for the eleven seasons it was on the air, AfterMASH only lasted two seasons before getting canceled. AfterMASH just couldn’t capture what made the first show great, but that didn’t stop CBS from trying again. The TV network would try again in 1984 with WALTER, but thankfully that show didn’t even get picked up. 

6 Massive Hit: The Middle

The Middle was just an average show about a lower middle-class family, yet it still became a massive hit. The series was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who previously worked on shows like Roseanne and Murphy Brown.

The show was praised for accurately capturing the lives of a middle-class family while still delivering a hilarious story and unique characters. The Middle lasted for nine seasons before going off the air this year. While the show might be over, a spinoff revolving around Eden Sher’s character Sue Heck is currently in the works. 

5 Flopped: Angel From Hell

Those who don’t remember the sitcom Angel From Hell will be forgiven since the show wasn’t really anything to write home about. In the show Angel From Hell, Jane Lynch stars as a guardian angel for a girl named Allison, who was played by Maggie Lawson.

The show came after Lynch starred in the massively popular Glee, yet Angel From Hell didn’t get as big of a fan base.

The show was canceled by CBS after only five episodes at the beginning of 2016. While CBS didn’t initially air the remaining eight episodes, the rest of the season was released starting in July 2016. 

4 Massive Hit: Two and a Half Men

Even though Two and a Half Men often got mixed reviews, it was still a massive hit for CBS. The show ran for twelve seasons before going off the air, but the show started with Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, and a young Angus T. Jones.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the show, especially after Sheen’s crazed antics, but the show continued never the less. After a feud with show co-creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen was replaced on the show with Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher stayed on for the rest of the series until the show ended in 2015. 

3 Flopped: I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Another one of Fox’s TV shows that flopped was called I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The show was about a pair of moms, played by Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran, who began to notice that their daughters were turning into the kind of teenagers who had bullied them in high school.

The show began its thirteen episode run in November 2011 and ended it in May 2012. After Fox decided to cancel the show, the remaining six episodes were never released in the U.S., but based on viewership, nobody was really watching anyway.

2 Massive Hit: Seinfeld

Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the show Seinfeld began in 1989 and lasted for nine seasons. The show was about a fictionalized version of Jerry Seinfeld who lived in New York and spent time with his friends. The show is often called one of the greatest sitcoms ever made and even landed the #2 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series.

Many shows have since tried to copy Seinfeld’s success, but none have been as original as this NBC hit. 

1 Flopped: My Mother the Car

As strange as it sounds, My Mother the Car was an actual sitcom back in the ‘60s. The show follows David Crabtree, who purchases a car that happens to be a reincarnation of his mother who passed away.

The show aired on NBC and starred Dick Van Dyke’s little brother Jerry, but even the Van Dyke gene couldn’t save the show. My Mother the Car was as strange as it was horrible, and not very many people cared for the show. NBC decided to cancel the program after just one season. 

Are there any other sitcoms that should have made the list? Sound off in the comments!

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2018-10-07 04:10:06 – Christopher Fiduccia

The Conners Trailer: What’s Next After Roseanne?

The series premiere of The Conners is just a few weeks away, and ABC is answering the biggest question around the new show: What’s next for the family after life with Roseanne? That question has been on viewers’ minds since the eponymous star was fired from her recently revived sitcom, which itself was promptly canceled after some of Barr’s abhorrent tweets caught the attention of the media. And so, unwilling to leave a successful sitcom off its fall schedule, ABC opted to repackage the series as The Conners, a Roseanne-less continuation of the central family’s ups and downs that welcomed back series mainstays John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, and Alicia Goranson. 

The new series will also make room for The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki to appear as David, Darlene’s ex, and it will also feature Juliette Lewis, who can also be seen this fall in the HBO series Camping. It seems as though The Conners is set to carry on without its matriarch — just like the ‘80s sitcom Valerie did when it became The Hogans after losing its titular star, Valerie Harper —  but the series isn’t going to forget about the character whose sudden passing paved the way for this new show. 

More: Bob’s Burgers Season 9 Premiere Review: A Musical Ode To Teenage Hormones

The new promo takes a mostly humorous approach to the idea of the family moving on, without addressing the offscreen death directly. As such, the video focuses mainly on Jackie and Darlene, who are fairly upbeat and will presumably be the two who will fill he void left by Roseanne. In one of the better jokes for the new series, Jackie inquires as to the family’s plans for the upcoming holidays, to which Darlene replies they’ll continue the tradition of spending all their money on Halloween leaving them with nothing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Take a look at the promo below:

The new series seems confident in its ability to move forward with an exploration of life after Roseanne, and given the strength of the cast that’s still involved — Goodman, Metcalf, and Gilbert, in particular — there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be. Those three were always the most accomplished actors on the show, and now the writers will be able dedicate more time to crafting material befitting their experience and talent. And from the looks of it, they’re going to do just that. 

There’s a lot riding on the new series, not the least of which is the expectations that it will be able to match or even exceed the impressive ratings earned by the first Roseanne revival when it premiered. It’s anyones’ guess how The Conners will perform, but hopefully it will do so without also being a lightning rod for controversy. 

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The Conners premieres Tuesday, October 16 @8pm on ABC.

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2018-10-02 03:10:04 – Kevin Yeoman

Roseanne: Her Character Will Die of Opioid Overdose in Conners Spinoff

Embattled sitcom star Roseanne Barr reveals that ABC’s upcoming spinoff The Conners will kill off her character via an opioid overdose. While it doesn’t happen all that often, one of the hardest hits for a popular show to try and recover from is losing its lead character. For example, ask fans how fondly they tend to remember The X-Files seasons without Mulder, or Sliders without Quinn Mallory, or The Office without Michael Scott. Viewers naturally grow attached to protagonists they come to know over the course of years, and losing that bond can prove impossible for a series to overcome.

This is the hurdle ABC’s upcoming Roseanne spinoff The Conners will have to try and jump right out of the gate, as – for obvious reasons – former star Barr won’t even be able to make a guest appearance or two to try and streamline the transition. After two decades off the air, Roseanne of course returned to ABC earlier this year, to excellent ratings and mostly good reviews. The network quickly picked up another season, only to reverse course and cancel the comedy after Barr unleashed a racially-charged Tweet that drew a firestorm of criticism.

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Barr’s longtime co-star John Goodman recently confirmed that The Conners would likely kill off the Roseanne character, and during a recent appearance on a politically conservative Youtube show hosted by Brandon Straka (via IndieWire) Barr herself revealed how Roseanne Conner will die. According to Barr, “They have her die of an opioid overdose.” Despite previously promising to remain neutral concerning The Conners, Barr also said that her character’s death is an insult to fans of her former show, stressing that the decision has been made, and she has no say in things at this point.

Roseanne fans will recall that during the series’ brief revival, the titular character was revealed to have developed an addiction to opioids in the form of various medications she had been taking to ease the pain in her injured knee. Roseanne and Dan had been putting off her surgery due to the fact that having it done would come with a $3,000 insurance co-pay. Roseanne had been keeping her addiction a secret from Dan, who when he found out, insisted that she have the surgery, regardless of what they had to do to pay for it.

Since very, very little is still known about The Conners going into the spinoff’s October premiere, it’s unknown whether Roseanne Conner’s deadly overdose will take place before or after the surgery was scheduled to happen. While one would logically assume that she’d stop taking the pain meds once her knee issues had been resolved, an addiction like that can’t simply be defeated by will power, and Roseanne could easily have continued struggling with her problem after the surgery was a success. Whatever the exact circumstances end up being, it’ll be interesting to see how The Conners’ writers manage to pivot from such a tragic death back to sitcom-style jokes.

More: Why Cancelling Roseanne Was the Smart Thing to Do

The Conners premieres October 16 on ABC.

Source: Brandon Straka/Youtube (via IndieWire)

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2018-09-17 03:09:33 – Michael Kennedy

Roseanne Spinoff The Conners Recasts D.J.’s Wife

ABC’s upcoming Roseanne-less spinoff The Conners has recast the role of D.J.’s wife, who briefly appeared in the prior sitcom’s short-lived revival. It’s been a roller coaster of a year for Roseanne, both the sitcom and its titular star. For much of the 90s, Roseanne was one of the top programs on TV, and looked to recapture that mantle following the enormous ratings received by the premiere of its 2018 revival. ABC quickly moved to renew the series for another season, but unfortunately, Roseanne Barr’s notorious penchant for speaking without a filter ended up costing her in a big way.

In late-May, Barr drew horrified and disgusted reactions with a racially-charged Tweet seemingly likening former President Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. While Barr contested that interpretation, at one point even blaming her comment on Ambien, most didn’t buy it, and ABC canceled Roseanne’s planned season 11. Not wanting to completely lose the giant audience garnered by the sitcom though, the network opted to greenlight a Roseanne-less spinoff series entitled The Conners in June.

Related: Roseanne Barr Says She’s Staying ‘Neutral’ On The Conners Spinoff

Likely feeling bad for the rest of the cast and crew that lost their jobs due to her comment, Barr stepped out of ABC’s way, signing a deal ensuring that she wouldn’t profit from or be in any way involved with The Conners. It remains to be seen how Roseanne’s absence will addressed in-universe – although co-star John Goodman recently hinted that she’ll likely be killed off – ABC is charging ahead with the spinoff, releasing a cryptic teaser that revealed nothing a couple weeks back. Now, a new ABC Tweet has revealed that at least one member of the Conner family is set to be recast for the spinoff. D.J.’s wife Geena will played going forward by Maya Lynne Robinson. Robinson can be seen below, alongside D.J. actor Michael Fishman and actress Jayden Rey, who plays their young daughter Mary.

Geena Conner was previously seen (played by actress Xosha Roquemore) via a Skype call during the Roseanne revival, as the character was serving in the U.S. military. She’s now set to be a series regular, so one assumes she’ll be returning home early in The Conners’ first season. No reason has been given as to why producers decided to recast the role. While Geena has only been seen once as an adult, longtime Roseanne fans will remember that she and D.J. first met as kids, in an episode where D.J. was reluctant to kiss Geena in a school play due to her being black. Obviously, he got over whatever prejudice he might have had then.

Other than Roseanne herself and the above recasting, every member of the Conner family is onboard to reprise their roles for the spinoff. It’ll be interesting to see just how much of the love for Roseanne’s return was due to audiences being happy to see Barr’s titular character back on TV, and how much was for the cast as a whole being back together. If it’s the former, ABC may well be displeased when those who tuned into Roseanne season 10 don’t return for The Conners.

More: Roseanne Spinoff The Conners Starts Production, Cast Photo Released

The Conners premieres October 16 on ABC.

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Conners Teaser Reveals TV Life Without Roseanne

Upcoming Roseanne spinoff The Conners has released a brief and cryptic teaser that asks, “What’s next?” ABC’s brief teaser confronts the question that each and every Roseanne fan is asking at the moment, that being what can possibly come next for the Conner family after the fallout from ABC’s firing of Roseanne Barr back in June.

The story of Roseanne’s cancellation and how The Conners came to be is a troubled one. The dramatic tale started earlier this summer, as ABC was airing new episodes of its Roseanne revival. When Roseanne Barr – creator, star, and producer of Roseanne – published a racist tweet going after Valerie Jarrett, a former senior aide to President Barack Obama, it set off a tidal wave of controversy that led ABC to reverse its decision to renew Roseanne for a second season, and cancel the iconic sitcom instead. However, this swift action drew some heat for punishing cast and crew who had done nothing wrong, and were now unemployed because of the actions of one individual.

Related: Roseanne Barr Disgusted By All The Support for James Gunn

This encouraged ABC to seek another route, and the network announced in June that it was ordering a Roseanne spinoff titled The Conners. ABC stressed that Barr would not be involved in any way, and would not profit off the series. Now, ABC has released a short teaser for the spinoff. At only 15 seconds long, the teaser is simply a slow zoom of the Conner family’s classic living room couch backed to Carly Simon’s song “Anticipation”. After a few seconds, a big, white “What’s Next?” caption comes across the screen. Though it confirms the spinoff’s premiere is on Tuesday, October 16 at 8pm, the cryptic teaser raises more questions than it answers.

It’s true that very few details about The Conners are known at this point. The series just began production, and in terms of plot, only a couple of important facts have made it into headlines. Perhaps most important of all was John Goodman’s confirmation earlier this week that The Conners will kill off the character of Roseanne, in order to set up its own individual storyline without Barr’s character. Shortly after that news broke, the smaller but still important detail that Roseanne Conner’s grandchildren will all return for the spinoff series was released.

Because these are the only details that have been revealed about ABC’s The Conners, questions abound as to what the spinoff will be like, how it will survive without Barr, and if it will truly be able to succeed in the wake of the controversy that will continue to surround Roseanne for many years to come. ABC’s marketing strategy at the moment is to play coy, teasing its audiences’ hopes and wonders for the spinoff series, and acknowledging the fact that fans have an abundance of questions over the future of the sitcom’s beloved characters. Many think it’s a major gamble for ABC to move forward with this spinoff without Barr. Only time will tell if the risk paid off for the network, and if The Conners will grow to be anywhere near as popular as its predecessor once was.

More: Roseanne Barr Has Offers For New TV Shows Despite Cancellation Controversy

The Conners premieres October 16 on ABC.

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Roseanne Revival Grandkids Actors Returning For The Conners Spinoff

ABC’s upcoming Roseanne revival spinoff The Conners will be bringing back all of Roseanne Conner’s (Roseanne Barr) grandchildren, played by Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Jordan Rey. This news comes just a day after John Goodman confirmed Roseanne will be killed off in The Conners, although details about the character’s death have not been given. Regardless of how she is killed off, the show will be moving on without this controversial figure, focusing on the rest of the Conner family, and it seems clear that practically the entire cast is being welcomed back, except Barr.

ABC’s Roseanne revival premiered to huge ratings, with over 18.4 million viewers tuning in it became the largest sitcom debut in the past three years, which lead to a quick season 2 renewal from ABC just a few days after the premiere. While the ratings held strong in the second week, they ultimately started sliding consistently, dropping to 10.5 million viewers by the season finale. But after Barr’s racist tweet about former Obama administration aide Valerie Jarrett went viral, ABC not only swiftly canceled the hit revival, but quickly put plans in place to continue the show without her, which lead to The Conners getting an official series order and an October 16 premiere.

Related: Roseanne Premiere Earns Highest Sitcom Ratings In Three Years

It has already been confirmed that John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky) and Michael Fishman (D.J.) will return, but today’s news from Deadline confirms that the grandkids will all be back as well. Kenney, who played Darlene’s daughter Harris, was one of the first to speak out against Barr’s racist tweet, stating on Twitter that she had called her manager about quitting Roseanne, when she was informed that the show had been canceled. Kenney also reacted to the news today about Harris’ return, stating she loves “being part of the Conner family and I’m so excited to share that Harris is back for #TheConners.”

Just weeks before the show was canceled, ABC president Channing Dungey hinted Roseanne season 2 would move away from politics, focusing more on the Conner family dynamic. The show made headlines for its political connections, most notably that Roseanne Conner was a Donald Trump supporter (like Barr herself), but by the end of the nine-episode first season, the politics were downplayed. ABC has handed out a 10-episode order for The Conners, with its October 16 premiere at 8 PM kicking off the network’s Tuesday comedy block, that includes new series The Kids Are Alright at 8:30 PM, Black-ish at 9 PM and Splitting Up Together at 9:30 PM.

The return of all the grandkids will certainly help solidify the family dynamic, but perhaps the biggest question going into this series is how they will kill off Roseanne Conner. The irony is that Dan Conner was revealed to be dead in the original series finale of Roseanne, but in the opening moments of the revival’s premiere, they addressed it right away with a joke about Dan sleeping with a sleep apnea machine. Regardless, given that Barr will have no involvement whatsoever in this series, her death will have had to take place off screen, and it’s possible that The Conners may even begin at the funeral. Whether or not the characters will take any parting shots at this volatile character or address her politics in The Conners remains to be seen, but the premiere may end up being the most anticipated event of the fall TV season, just to see how Roseanne Conner’s death is handled.

More: ABC Orders Roseanne Spin-off The Conners to Series, Premieres This Fall

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John Goodman Confirms The Conners Spinoff Will Kill Off Roseanne

John Goodman has confirmed that Roseanne will be killed off in the spinoff show titled The Conners. The show will be a continuation of the already rebooted Roseanne but will instead focus on the other members of the family while leaving out Roseanne Conner. Debuting in 1988, Roseanne was a popular sitcom which ran for nine seasons before the show went off the air in 1997. The sitcom focused on the typical struggles of a typical working-class family with Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in the lead roles. The show had a big fan base which were thrilled to hear that the sitcom would be the latest program to be getting the revival treatment.

The Roseanne revival was announced in mid-2017 and it earned the highest sitcom ratings in years when it premiered in March. The show was doing well with ratings but not everyone was a fan, because of Barr’s real-life political beliefs. The revival was canceled by ABC back in May – due to a racist tweet from Barr – which left fans disappointed about the show’s short comeback of only one season. To many, it seemed unfair to let go of so many cast and crew members just because of Barr’s comments, which is likely part of the reason why a new spinoff was ordered by ABC; one that didn’t feature Roseanne Conner.

Related: Roseanne Barr Blames Trump Vote for ABC Firing in Official Statement

In a recent interview with The Sunday Times (via EW)Goodman revealed how The Conners would deal with the absence of the show’s most iconic character. In answering the question, Goodman explained, “I guess he’ll [Dan Conner] be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead“. Goodman also went on to say that he was incredibly upset when the news broke that Roseanne was going to be canceled because of Barr’s comments saying, “I know for a fact that she’s not a racist” and further explained that, “[Roseanne] had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on”.

This means that Barr will not only be excluded from this new spinoff, but she will also not receive any of the profit from the shows possible success. In June, it was announced that ABC had created a contract which would eliminate Barr’s financial involvement with a possible spinoff show. At the time, she had not yet signed the contract; however, based on Goodman’s comments and the development of the show, it’s safe to assume that Barr eventually came to an agreement with ABC.

It was likely a relief for the actors that the show employed as much as it was for fans when The Conners was announced. Not only will the filmmakers and actors of the revival series get to keep their jobs, but fans can continue to tune in to see what the Conners are up to. There had been much speculation on how Roseanne’s departure would be written into the show, including the possibility of a dream sequence; however, Goodman has confirmed that the family will be dealing with the death of the beloved mother and wife.

More: Roseanne Barr Disgusted By All the Support for James Gunn

The Conners is set to premiere on ABC this fall.

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