Roseanne spinoff - minus Rosanne Barr- gets a green light

ABC greenlights 'Roseanne' spinoff without Roseanne Barr

U.S. television network ABC says it has ordered a spin-off of its Roseanne series - but without the star. It will feature the same cast as Roseanne, minus Roseanne Barr, who was sacked after sending a racist tweet last month.

But the rest of the Roseanne cast will return, including Sara Gilbert (as Darlene), John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Lecy Goranson (Becky) and Michael Fishman (DJ).

In a statement issued by the show's producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when "Roseanne" was canceled last month.

After getting the chance last season to tell stories about challenges facing working-class family, they're glad to "continue to share those stories through love and laughter", the actors said.

The new Roseanne show has a working title of The Conners and will see one of America's favorite families dealing with a huge change in their lives, according to a press release.

ABC announced today that the Roseanne spin-off will move forward without star and creator Roseanne Barr. The premiere was a massive ratings success for the network, but ABC pulled the plug after some politically charged tweets from Barr topped by the racist remarks against Jarrett.

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The spinoff, which is scheduled to return to ABC in the fall, will include the principal cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.

Though ABC swiftly canceled the comedy in May after Barr's now infamous tweet seemingly comparing a former Obama adviser to an ape (she claims it was about anti-semitism), the discussion nearly immediately turned to whether the network should salvage significant parts of Roseanne without having to say goodbye to some of the best actors on television.

Roseanne Barr, who played the matriarch in the long-running and recently revived and then cancelled show, won't be in the new series and ABC says she will also not have financial or creative input into it. The entertainment news website reports that ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey and executive producer Tom Werner insisted Barr not make money from the show after the incident.

It's unclear how the show will address Barr's departure.

A week after this cancelation was announced, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that ABC was eyeing picking up a Roseanne spinoff series. ABC already had renewed the the comedy, a revival of the 1988-1997 original that became the TV season's top-rated show, for the fall.

"Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that "ABC does not tolerate comments like those" made by Roseanne Barr", he tweeted.

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