Following a racist Twitter post written by star Roseanne Barr and ABC‘s abrupt cancellation, everyone made jokes (and memes) that Laurie Metcalf would get her own show called Jackie, but they weren’t so far off…
The Conners has just been given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order by ABC. It will premiere this fall, billed as a spinoff of Roseanne, it will feature John Goodman (‘Dan’), Laurie Metcalf (‘Jackie’), Sara Gilbert (‘Darlene’), Lecy Goranson (‘Becky’) and Michael Fishman (‘D.J.’), all back in their same Roseanne roles.
ABC made the deal with Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner, allowing him to produce a spinoff through his Werner Entertainment label (and not, notably,Carsey-Werner) without Barr’s further creative or financial participation.
Barr said in a statement,
“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from ‘Roseanne,’. I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”
“We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family.”
In Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson and Fishman said:
“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 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.”
The is good news for the show’s cast and crew because they will still have paychecks — as long as the new show continues.
Following the cancellation, all Roseanne repeats were pulled from ABC, and Emmy For Your Consideration campaign plans for the show were halted. It was still submitted, however, and remains eligible for Emmy nominations.
(Photo, ABC, via Indie Wire)