The reboot of Roseanne was abruptly canceled after Roseanne Barr, the show’s namesake, released a racist tweet. This led 200 cast and crew members to suddenly lose their jobs. However, word about a possible spinoff quickly began circulating, with many of the show’s stars expressing their support. Now, that spinoff is officially on the schedule.
On Thursday, ABC officially announced that a new show, currently dubbed The Conners, will be aired on the channel this fall. The initial season will have 10 episodes and , according to a tweet by Good Morning America, “Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series.”
ABC also confirmed that many of the stars of Roseanne would be back in the new series. John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman will reprise their roles in the spinoff.
“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” said ABC in the statement.
“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. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”
The tweet that led to the cancelation of Roseanne, which was quickly deleted but not before stirring a major controversy, read: “[M]uslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” and was targeted at Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama adviser.
Prior to the tweet, the Roseanne reboot was considered largely to be a success, averaging 10.2 million viewers.
However, the backlash over the tweet was severe, and ABC acted swiftly by canceling the series.
The premiere date of the spinoff has yet to be announced, though is set to air on Tuesdays in the 8:00 pm time slot, according to a report by CNBC.