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ABC greenlights ‘Roseanne’ spinoff, minus its namesake

A scene from the premiere of the new season of the resurrected ABC sitcom 'Roseanne.' (ABC)

Just a few weeks after a racist tweet by Roseanne Barr resulted in the abrupt cancellation of her TV revival, Roseanne, ABC have announced a reboot of the show — without Barr.

The new show’s working title is The Connors, and will feature John Goodman as Roseanne’s husband, Dan; Laurie Metcalf as her sister, Jackie; Sara Gilbert as her daughter, Darlene; Lecy Goranson as her other daughter, Becky, and Michael Fishman as her son, D.J, as they as they grapple with “parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America,” according to the network.

ABC also announced that “Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series.”

The revival, which starred Barr as a President Trump supporter — as she is in life — in conflict with her more liberal family members, became the most-watched show of the 2017-2018 TV season, with an average of 21 million viewers a week, and it is understood the move to create a spin-off will save hundreds of jobs.

ABC also included a statement from Barr in their news release, who said, “I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed fromRoseanne. 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.”

Barr’s offending tweet, since deleted, which prompted her firing and the show’s cancellation, was directed at former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Her social media provocations, which included posting offensive comments about Chelsea Clinton, were an ongoing headache for the network. Barr — who was also dropped by her talent agency — blamed the sleep medication Ambien for the tone of the racist tweet.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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