John Goodman has confirmed that Roseanne will be killed off in the spinoff show titled The Conners. The show will be a continuation of the already rebooted Roseanne but will instead focus on the other members of the family while leaving out Roseanne Conner. Debuting in 1988, Roseanne was a popular sitcom which ran for nine seasons before the show went off the air in 1997. The sitcom focused on the typical struggles of a typical working-class family with Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in the lead roles. The show had a big fan base which were thrilled to hear that the sitcom would be the latest program to be getting the revival treatment.
The Roseanne revival was announced in mid-2017 and it earned the highest sitcom ratings in years when it premiered in March. The show was doing well with ratings but not everyone was a fan, because of Barr's real-life political beliefs. The revival was canceled by ABC back in May - due to a racist tweet from Barr - which left fans disappointed about the show's short comeback of only one season. To many, it seemed unfair to let go of so many cast and crew members just because of Barr's comments, which is likely part of the reason why a new spinoff was ordered by ABC; one that didn't feature Roseanne Conner.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times (via EW), Goodman revealed how The Conners would deal with the absence of the show's most iconic character. In answering the question, Goodman explained, "I guess he’ll [Dan Conner] be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead". Goodman also went on to say that he was incredibly upset when the news broke that Roseanne was going to be canceled because of Barr's comments saying, "I know for a fact that she’s not a racist" and further explained that, "[Roseanne] had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on".
This means that Barr will not only be excluded from this new spinoff, but she will also not receive any of the profit from the shows possible success. In June, it was announced that ABC had created a contract which would eliminate Barr's financial involvement with a possible spinoff show. At the time, she had not yet signed the contract; however, based on Goodman's comments and the development of the show, it's safe to assume that Barr eventually came to an agreement with ABC.
It was likely a relief for the actors that the show employed as much as it was for fans when The Conners was announced. Not only will the filmmakers and actors of the revival series get to keep their jobs, but fans can continue to tune in to see what the Conners are up to. There had been much speculation on how Roseanne's departure would be written into the show, including the possibility of a dream sequence; however, Goodman has confirmed that the family will be dealing with the death of the beloved mother and wife.
The Conners is set to premiere on ABC this fall.
Source: The Sunday Times