Emma Kenney talks filming a spin-off without Roseanne Barr
“The Conner’s’ star Emma Kenney, says filming ABC’s spin-off without Roseanne Barr is running smoothly.
Emma Kenney opened up about filming the spin-off “of The Conners’ without Roseanne Barr following the controversy that led to the cancellation of the “Roseanne” reboot.
Kenney, who plays the role of Harris Conner-Healy in the sitcom, told Us Weekly that her fellow castmembers are “very professional” and filming is going smoothly in the middle of Barr’s absence.
“The first table read was amazing,” Kenney told the magazine. “It was so nice to see everyone, and I’m so happy. I can’t wait to see everyone.”
“I think that each of us are very professional,” she added. “And there’s just so many more stories need to be told by the family Conner and so many other aspects of life that we are going to get to tell it, and I’m really happy and grateful for that.”
The “Roseanne” spin-off, “Conners,” premiered in the fall.
ABC announced in May that it is canceling the reboot of “Roseanne” Barr racially charged tweet about the former President Barack Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett. Kenney was among the various “Roseanne” castmembers, and celebrities who spoke out against Barr.
“I am angry, ashamed and disappointed,” Kenney said in a tweet in May. “The racist and unsavory comments from Roseanne are without excuse.”
The network later announced it ordered a 10-episode spin-off that would focus on the Conners. Kenney said the new show will give viewers the chance to find out more about her character, the daughter of Darlene Conner and David Healy.
“We saw in the last season of her struggling, have moved from Chicago to a small town with her family, so I’m just really hoping that Harris will find more connections within her family,” she said.
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