“Roseanne’s” TV family is returning to small screens — but without Roseanne.
ABC and the production company behind the recent reboot of the 90’s sitcom are moving ahead with a spinoff of the hit show, which was canceled last month after the show’s titular star Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet about President Barack Obama’s former top aide Valerie Jarrett.
Barr, who was also a former executive producer on the show, will have no creative or financial involvement with the revamped sitcom. Instead, the show will go on under the new working title “The Conners” — the surname of the family featured on the show — and will bring back the rest of the cast, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert. The 10-episode first season is slated to air this fall on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
Barr supported the show’s new direction. “I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from ‘Roseanne,’” she said in a statement picked up by the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
It’s good news for the hardworking cast and crew who will get to keep their jobs. Barr and Goodman were each taking home a reported $250,000 per episode — that’s $2.25 million each for the first season. And ABC’s move to cancel the show cost the network a ton in potential ad revenue: The revival, which made $45 million in ad dollars this past season, was slated to earn up to $60 million in its 11th season, per Kantar Media figures provided to The Wrap.
What’s more, “Roseanne” reruns spawned about $1.2 billion in ad revenue for cable networks and syndicators between 1995 and 2017, according to Kantar. Networks such as Viacom, Paramount, TV Land and CMT, as well as the digital network Laff were also showing reruns episodes of “Roseanne,” but yanked the show from programming after bars hateful comments.
For more details: moneyish.com