The speculation has been rife for a “Roseanne” spinoff after the cancellation of the popular reboot, and now ABC have confirmed that the show will go on. Spinoff “The Conners” is officially green lit, and will be a 10 episode run without original star Roseanne Barr.
The network confirmed the spinoff, and revealed the official logline as:
“Forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging, and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.”
It’s unclear how Barr’s exit will be addressed, but the actress has made a statement on the announcement: “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.”
Executive Producer Tom Werner added, “We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family.”
John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky) and Michael Fishman (D.J.) will all return for the spinoff. Additional cast members and a premiere date is yet to be announced.