Since the cancellation of Roseanne, fans have been wondering what will happen to the series. Late last month, we learned there would be a spinoff show, The Conners, but beyond the most notable detail — that Roseanne Barr would be missing — information about the series was vague — at best. But earlier today, ABC gave viewers a bit more to go on when they announced a premiere date.
The Connors will debut in mid-October; specifically, the show will air on Oct. 16.
Of course, television fans will probably note that this is a bit later than usual. Most fall shows kick off sometime in September. However, according to ABC, the delay was unavoidable, as it was caused by the abrupt cancellation of Rosanne — which, for those who are unaware, occurred after Barr made racist comments on Twitter. (Barr compared Black former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.) ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey immediately condemned Barr, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” and, in the same statement announced the series would be canceled. “We have decided to cancel her show,” Dungey said.
However, while Barr will not be a part of The Conners, the show will include the original cast, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman. What’s more, while little is known about the plot, ABC has stated that The Conners will begin with “a sudden turn of events” — presumably something to write off Barr — and that the Conner family will have to “to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”
The Conners has been green-lit for 10 episodes and will air on Tuesday nights at 8/7c.