ABC Plans Spinoff of ‘Roseanne’ Without Roseanne

“Roseanne” may be gone but her TV family lives on.

ABC and the production company that makes “Roseanne” are moving forward with a spinoff of the hit sitcom that was abruptly canceled last month after the show’s star Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former top aide to President

Barack Obama.

The new show, tentatively titled “The Conners,” features the other stars and co-stars of “Roseanne,” including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert. ABC has ordered 10 episodes of the show for this fall, and it is to air in the same time slot of 8 p.m. Eastern on Tuesdays.

Ms. Barr, who was an executive producer of “Roseanne” will have no creative input in the new show nor will she be a financial participant. In a statement, Ms. Barr said she agreed to this “in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved and I wish the best for everyone involved.”

Tom Werner, head of “Roseanne” producer Werner Entertainment, said the company is grateful for the agreement to “keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family.”

To be sure, it is less than certain that the show about the Conner family of the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, will fare without its matriarch. When “Roseanne” returned last spring after a more than two-decade hiatus, it averaged an impressive 18 million viewers per episode, according to Nielsen.

Ms. Barr’s support for President

Donald Trump

was also part of the show as her character, Roseanne Conner, was a booster of the administration much to the chagrin of the rest of her family. Mr. Trump even tweeted in support of the show.

The show’s success suggested that there was an audience that Hollywood was overlooking. Critics, however, charged that Ms. Barr had distorted values and that the new show betrayed the messages and themes of the original “Roseanne.”

Neither ABC nor Mr. Werner said how the disappearance of Ms. Barr’s character would be explained. In announcing the show, ABC said only, “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.”

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Appeared in the June 22, 2018, print edition as ‘‘Roseanne’ to Spin Off Without Roseanne.’

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