ABC announces premiere date of 'Roseanne' spin-off 'The Conners'
After the Roseanne reboot was canceled a new show was announced by ABC. The network revealed that it would be launching a new series called The Conners.
The new sitcom will feature the Roseanne cast sans the mail character Roseanne Barr. Now the network has revealed the premiere date.
The fall premiere dates for ABC have been announced. The new Roseanne spin-off will premiere on Tuesday, October 16, 8 p.m. ET.
The date is presumably the one that had been reserved for Roseanne season 11. It will join the new police drama The Rookie and The Kids Are Alright.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The Conners was initially expected to play on Wednesday nights.
However, the schedule has clearly changed since the initial announcements. Roseanne was canceled a few months ago because of some controversial tweets that Roseanne Barr made against Valerie Jarrett.
‘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’
Roseanne cast statement, Comicbook, July 24, 2018
Jarrett was a former aide to Barack Obama. A few weeks after the cancellation, ABC announced that the spin-off was officially in the works.
All the major characters except for Barr were on board. It is unclear how many people will be returning to work behind the scenes, though producers and writers Bruce Rasmussen, Bruce Helford, and Sara Gilbert herself have already been listed on IMDb.
Gilbert, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman will also return as actors. The network was contractually obligated to pay the main cast even after the cancellation.
Therefore, creating a spin-off was more mutually beneficial. In a joint statement released last month, the cast appeared excited to return.
‘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,’ it read. ‘We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today,’ the statement further read.
Very few details have been released as to how Barr’s character will be written off. However, a plot synopsis stated that the family will suffer ‘a sudden turn of events,’ and ‘are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.’