‘Roseanne’ Spinoff ‘The Conners’ Already Has a Premiere Date, and It’s Sooner Than You Think
Roseanne fans won't have to wait long before they see the Conner fam back on screen — sans Roseanne Barr, that is.
One month after confirming they were, indeed, moving forward with a Roseanne spinoff, ABC has announced the premiere date for The Conners. The show will debut Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. ET ahead of premieres for three other family comedies: New series The Kids Are Alright, returning favorite black-ish and Season 2 of freshman sitcom Splitting Up Together.
As previously reported, The Conners'10-episode first season will follow the family's "daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before," including "parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging, and in-laws in working-class America." Dan (John Goodman), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson), D.J. (Michael Fishman), and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) are all set to return, while Barr, who played the titular Roseanne, will have no creative or financial involvement.
ABC abruptly cancelled Roseanne in May after Barr went on a racially charged Twitter tirade, calling former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett an "ape." She later tweeted an apology, blaming her comment on ambien, claiming she wasn't aware Jarrett was black, and insisting the tweet was "about anti-semitism." Last month, she broke down in tears during podcast with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. She most recently addressed the ordeal during an unhinged video interview, screaming "I thought the b--h was white! God damnit, I thought the b---h was white!"
Barr is now reportedly working on a talk show.