Sara Gilbert, left, says she is ‘so excited’ for the ‘Roseanne’ spin-off.
Sara Gilbert is pleased with the “Roseanne” spin-off.
“I am so excited, thank you all so much. I appreciate it,” the actress said on Monday’s “The talk” after co-host Sharon Osbourne congratulated her on the news of “The Conners’ (working title), according to People Magazine.
Last Thursday, ABC approved a series order to “The Connors” a spin-off of “Roseanne”, not Roseanne Barr, but the rest of her on-screen family. “Roseanne” was cancelled last month after Barr tweeted something racist to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.
ABC announced in a statement that it greenlit a series with the title “The Conners,” to air on Tuesday at 8 am, this fall, the time that Season 2 of “Roseanne” revivial would have occupied. Barr reportedly will have no financial or creative involvement with the show after her firing over a racist tweet aimed at former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, in which she referred to her as a “monkey.”
“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” Barr said about the agreement she made with producer Werner Entertainment, in a statement to Fox News. “I agreed to the settlement to which 200 tasks of the beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for all involved.”
Along with Gilbert, cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman are set to reprise their roles. It is unclear at this time how the family will remain without Barr’s character or how they are written.
According to Deadline, “a sudden turn of events” will lead the Conners to face the daily life in their house of Lanford, Illinois, and in a way they haven’t before — without their no-nonsense matriarch.
“The Conners’ stories show that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter, and love. The spin-off will continue to portray the contemporary issues that are just as relevant as 30 years ago,” ABC said in a statement announcing the news.
The recurring cast gave a statement:
“We have received a large degree of support from fans of our show, and it is clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our target audience,” the statement read. “We came back from last season, because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges of a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to stay, people share stories, love and laughter.”