ABC has announced that a spinoff series starring the cast of the recent, massively popular Roseanne reboot has been greenlit -- sans Roseanne Barr. Roseanne was canceled late last month after Barr tweeted a racist remark about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Obama.
At the time, ABC acted by promptly canceling the show and removing it from syndication and various streaming services, such as Hulu. The cancelation was a bold move by ABC, which is owned by Disney, considering that Roseanne quickly became one of the most watched shows on television shortly after its debut.
Now, the company has confirmed that a new show starring the remaining cast of Roseanne will move forward. The new series is currently operating under the working title The Conners.
The series has received a 10-episode order and will be presented in much the same way Roseanne was, as a multicamera comedy following the Conner family. ABC has not yet revealed the story reason for how Barr will be written off the show. The show is slated to debut in the fall.
According to ABC, Barr will have no creative or financial attachments to the spinoff. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Barr will retain the rights to the Roseanne Conner character, as well as the rights to future spinoffs and reboots of the original series. The deal was formed between ABC and the series' executive producer, Tom Werner.
"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne," Barr said in a statement. "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."
The Conners has already cast Roseanne stars Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and John Goodman. Additional casting decisions will be announced by ABC at a later date.
"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," the returning stars said in a joint statement. "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 will return in the fall and will take up Roseanne's timeslot of Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The series will retain the creative team from the Roseanne reboot.