Anyone concerned for the cast and crew of Roseanne losing their jobs because of leading lady Roseanne Barr should find relief in knowing ABC has approved 10 episodes of a spin-off sans the controversial comic.
The initial reboot of Roseanne was cancelled following Barr describing former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett in a racist and Islamophobic manner, calling her the product of the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.”
It’s new spin-off, tentatively titled The Conners, will star original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, according to THR.
“The new take, which will also be a multicamera comedy and premiere in the fall, will follow the Conner family who, after a sudden turn of events, are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”
Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson and Fishman said in a joint 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.”