Roseanne Barr's fans are determined to shape the destiny of the *new* show
Five months after the abrupt cancelation of the Roseanne reboot, the spinoff series “The Conners” is set to premiere on October 16, but supporters of the fallen-from-grace star of the original show are planning to boycott it.
With the “new” series around the corner, ABC executives are doing their best to keep spirits high and try to capture the interest of the audience, but “The Conners” showrunners are facing strong resistance for those loyal to Roseanne Barr.
On October 14, “The Conners” official Twitter account tweeted an image of a clapboard for the series captioning it “big things are happening,” and this prompted Barr’s supporters to flood the tweet with angry replies, as Pop Culture reported.
The upcoming series will continue the storyline of the reboot season of “Roseanne” minus the Conner family matriarch, in an effort to rescue what was an incredibly successful show following Barr’s dismissal over a now infamous racist tweet.
Although Barr agreed to the continuation of the series without her, and many fans wanted the cast to keep going, there are others that are determined to make “The Conners” a failure. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
“No Roseanne no watch for me. I couldn't wait for Roseanne to return for season 10. I loved every minute of it because of Roseanne. She made the show without her the show is worthless just like the cast is. #BoycottTheConners”
-Melissa Sommer, Twitter, October 14, 2018.
The division caused by the decision made against Barr and the attempt to revive the show from its ashes reflects he radicalized political environment in the US with the rise of Donald Trump as a new political force.
With many downplaying Barr’s racist remarks, and others claiming that the actress was fired for political reasons, conservative viewers consider sabotaging “The Conners” some kind of political vendetta.
“It will be lowest rated show in tv history and the ABC liberal big shots won't be getting their Christmas bonuses,” wrote Twitter user @TomT1908.
The determined right-wing fans are calling for a boycott that not only includes not watching the show but trying to get the sponsors to quit the show as well. For this, the hashtag #BoycottTheConners has been launched.
“Boycott all companies that advertise during The Conners. Don't buy any products that advertise on this show. Let companies that support this show know you are outraged!!! #boycotttheconners,” tweeted Rick Dawson on October 11.
The contrasting opinions regarding what would have been the best thing to do after Barr’s Twitter controversy have reached the top executives of ABC, with some of them recently revealing to have had second thoughts about firing the actress.
“What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn't have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation,” an insider reportedly told Daily Mail.
But as ABC Entertainment president Dungey told Deadline, the decision wasn’t as abrupt as it might seem from the outside, as Barr’s racist attack to former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett was just the last of many offensive social media remarks made by the actress.
“For us, we have had multiple instances with Roseanne, and certainly this tweet crossed the line that cannot be crossed, but it was for us a sense of enough is enough and something had to be done,” Dungey said.
As for Barr, the divisive star said that she was going to leave the country during the time “The Conners” will air, allegedly traveling to Israel to study with some Jewish religious teachers and staying away from the controversy to preserve her mental health.
Only time will tell how successful “The Conners” will be, but one thing is sure: controversy will follow the show closely during its lifespan.