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ABC Announces Plan for Pointless Roseanne Without Roseanne Spinoff

ABC Announces Plan for Pointless Roseanne Without Roseanne Spinoff

“will premier in the fall with 10 episodes”

I recently wrote about the dumb idea ABC executives had to reintroduce the rebooted Roseanne show without Roseanne Barr. They acted so swiftly after her stupid tweet that they didn’t consider the fact that they were throwing away a hit show.

Now they are actually planning to move ahead with this plan.

Julia Manchester reports at The Hill:

ABC announces ‘Roseanne’ spinoff without Roseanne Barr

ABC announced Thursday that it has picked up a spinoff of “Roseanne” but it will not feature the show’s star, Roseanne Barr.

“The Conners,” which is the spinoff’s working title, will premier in the fall with 10 episodes, according to an announcement from ABC Entertainment.

The show will follow the Conner family and will feature former “Roseanne” castmembers John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman.

“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working- class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter,” the cast said in a statement.

The announcement comes less than a month after the “Roseanne” reboot was canceled after Barr made a racist comment about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett.

ABC Entertainment said Barr will not have any role in the new show.

Meanwhile, in another part of Hollywood, Sony Pictures is moving ahead with its release of a new film featuring Peter Fonda, who just this week suggested putting Barron Trump in a cage with pedophiles.

Gregg Kilday of the Hollywood Reporter:

Sony Pictures Classics Condemns Peter Fonda, But Will Still Release His New Film

In the wake of Peter Fonda’s incendiary tweet about the first family for which the actor has already apologized, Sony Pictures Classics on Wednesday evening said that it is moving forward with plans to release the indie feature Boundaries, in which Fonda has a supporting role, even as it condemned his remarks as “abhorrent, reckless and dangerous.”

Responding to the sight of children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the Easy Rider actor on Tuesday issued an all-caps tweet that read, “WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL [SIC] STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. FUCK.”…

In a statement, the specialty film distributor Sony Pictures Classics said, “Peter Fonda’s comments are abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely. It is important to note that Mr. Fonda plays a very minor role in the film. To pull or alter this film at this point would unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project. We plan to open the film as scheduled this weekend, in a limited release of five theaters.”

To ABC I say this. The fans who gave you massive ratings for the Roseanne reboot are not going to watch your stupid spinoff. You should have thought of this before you axed the show in a brash moment of virtue signaling.

To Sony Pictures, I would just say that I hope your movie flops. Average Americans have had it with the unhinged left and the double standard in our country.

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This show may premiere in the fall, but it won’t be premier.

I would love to hear how Goodman was blackmailed into doing this. His agent should have signed him to do the next 10 scripts that were offered just so he’d be unavailable.

    dystopia in reply to MajorWood. | June 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    ABC’s rash feel good decision to cancel Roseanne left hundreds of cast and crew members without a job. Perhaps Goodman cares more about these people than ABC President Democrat Bob Iger.

I think that since ABC contractually committed to the second season of “Roseanne”, they are obliged to pay the cast and crew for it.

So, they are trying to recover those costs in this gambit.

To which I say…

Good Luck with That

    pwaldoch in reply to Leslie Eastman. | June 22, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Makes sense.
    I’m all for ABC/Disney doing this. They need to start seeing some more flops as it relates to their executive decisions and maybe there might be some shake up as their Board of Directors will start to notice losses and poor returns on investments (Solo anyone?) and start forcing some shake ups. Not saying that suddenly their will turn away from their leftist ways but at some point when these CEO’s and VP’s like Starbucks makes these dumb idea sooner or later they will need to pay for them.

healthguyfsu | June 22, 2018 at 11:08 am

Wonder how many “let’s reward virtue signaling” viewers they will get solely for that purpose

ABC had contracted for a second season of Roseanne, prior to the Barr tweets. When they cancelled the show, they not only shot themselves in the foot by killing their #1 scripted show, but they were still on the hook for show related costs, such as salaries, for the second season.


I don’t think it will last longer than ‘We Are Men’ (7 episodes)

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Neo. | June 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    I am giving it about 3 episodes, personally, before it is realized as a complete flop.

    There will be all kinds of press about “how great” the show is for the first couple of episodes because the media will try to prop it up.

casualobserver | June 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Sort of on topic – Is it weird how a DC focused political publication writes about and takes interest in the show (The Hill)? I understand how a show that didn’t commit to endless Trump and deplorables bashing is rare making it a novelty. And the left connects every aspect of life and culture to politics. Still, I may never get used to things like this.

inspectorudy | June 22, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Can anyone imagine “All in the Family” without Archie Bunker? This will be a total flop but they will try to prop it up with heavy PR and typical lies.

    MarkSmith in reply to inspectorudy. | June 22, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Well there was Maude (6 seasons) and The Jeffersons (11 seasons) All in the Family went 9 seasons

      Gremlin1974 in reply to MarkSmith. | June 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Are you seriously comparing television today with television from the 60’s and 70’s, or hell even television from before 2000?

      There is no comparison. It also ignores the actual point of his comment, this isn’t a spinoff of a highly popular show, this is an attempted reboot of a show without its central character who was fired for PC Bullcrap reasons. Which btw, alienated at least half of their audience.

        MarkSmith in reply to Gremlin1974. | June 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm

        I use not comparing, just making the point about All in the Family. There was a follow on show called Archie’s Place that sucked to.

        The first Rosanne sucked. I watched a few episodes of the new version too and it was just as bad. Don’t over estimate the audience.

    oldgoat36 in reply to inspectorudy. | June 22, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    It will go just like that John Ritter show did, after he died, they tried to keep it going but it failed, and IIRC fairly quickly.

I’m betting Peter Fonda guest stars in the first episode.

Although different, it reminds me of the Dixie Chicks. For a brief time, the left tried to support and keep them alive to both stick it to their conservative fans and show them they didn’t need them. Every so often, the left tries to resurrect them from the grave, but at best they achieve zombie status before they return to the valley of the un-dead.

    redc1c4 in reply to elle. | June 22, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    LOL at the Ditzy Twits: they opened for the Eagles a few years back, and herself shelled out for 4th row center seats.

    after a few songs, Blubber the Bimbo tried to start a political rant…

    she mumbles something about all the rich people in the audience, so, in my best outdoor Army voice, i yelled “W*rked for it!”

    she fell back & tried to re-group, saying something about well yeah, but… when someone else shut her down. she tried again, and a 3rd person shut her up again…

    she opened her mouth for one more try, so i yelled “Shut Up and Sing!” the two sisters looked at each other and started the next song.

    she didn’t have anything else to say other than lyrics the rest of their set. 😎

My first impression of this is that they’re trying to send the message to other actors who might be tempted to stray from the plantation that they’re willing to take further losses to make a political point.

We are entering a new stage in the cold war between the Left and the rest of the country. The Left is demanding to make examples out of those who dare to go against their “morals” even if it means committing economic or political suicide. Meanwhile, they defend to the nth degree when anyone on their side says or does something far worse. The public sees this and is increasingly becoming alienated from the Left.

Sara Gilbert has to be one of the worst actors ever. The show was based on everyone’s relationship to Roseanne. I found the show too dismal. Not a realistic image of how families live in America. I won’t give it a chance and I hope it is canceled ASAP.

I was a fan of the TV show M*A*S*H during its original run, although I did grow tired of it after two or three seasons. The last episode of M*A*S*H was such a ratings blockbuster that the Hollywood geniuses decided to continue milking the dead cow. Remember “After M*A*S*H”? I eagerly watched the first episode, or at least the first half. It sucked so bad, that I had to shake my head and turn it off. Sitcoms do not survive after the main character(s) depart.

“After Roseanne” is another horrible idea. Hey Hollywood, just dream up something new for these fine actors, writers, and crew. Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.

From Wikipedia: “Critics were mostly negative about [After M*A*S*H]. In 1999, Time magazine listed the show as one of the 100 worst ideas of the century, and in 2002, TV Guide listed it as the seventh-worst TV series ever.”

Subotai Bahadur | June 24, 2018 at 12:53 am

Samantha Bee lost a major chunk of sponsors after her calling Ivanka Trump a feckless —-. Ratings fell. It has been a month or so, and what TBS is doing is putting on TBS show commercials on in place of sponsor commercials; functionally carrying her for a loss. We will see how long this can go on.

If her show folds, she will of course be a martyr to the Revolution and get awards for “courage”.

I expect that ABC/Disney will do similar things to carry “The Connors” for as long as they can. This will include offering bargain or free commercials on other shows if sponsors sign up for “The Connors”. ABC/Disney is big enough to pull that off. TBS isn’t. If ratings collapse to the point where they can’t pull it off [and do not rule out bribing the rating companies] they will blame the Deplorable American people for not knowing what is good for them.

As far as Fonda is concerned, I hope that the movie flops despite the studio support and awards it will get for his “courage”. And I note that Fonda has a nephew who is Barron Trump’s age, and wonder what his reaction would be if someone made a similar threat based on his family’s documented hatred for this country. I suspect that he would not consider that an acceptable threat. Leftists never have to follow the rules, you see.