Well, it looks like Roseanne is returning to ABC. Minus Roseanne, that is.
After much speculation, the network just announced it’s moving forward with a spinoff series called The Conners after cancelling the original show when Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.
Here’s ABC’s description of the new series:
After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.
Barr, who served as co-creator and executive producer of the rebooted Roseanne, approved of the spinoff and has surrendered all creative and financial involvement to The Conners.
“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” she said in a statement. “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.”
“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love,” ABC said in a statement. “The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.”
The sitcom will air Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. this fall, in the same time slot reserved for the original show.