- ABC announced the revival of Roseanne in May 2017.
- The new season debuted in March 2018 with 27.3 million viewers.
- To fans' delight, the show was renewed for an eleventh season.
- The show was canceled on May 29, 2018 after Roseanne Barr tweeted an insensitive remark about Valerie Jarrett, the former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.
- ABC just announced the show will revived without Barr this fall as The Conners.
All things must come to an end — and in the case of the Roseanne reboot, that end came just two months after a record-setting debut. The popular sitcom, which originally aired from 1988-1997, chronicled the lives of the working-class Conner family. Earlier this year, the much-loved show returned to television after a 20 year hiatus. However, on May 29, the show was cancelled due to a racist remark made by Roseanne Barr. But on June 21, ABC announced it will be reviving the show once again, as a spinoff called The Conners.
Here is everything that contributed to the rise and fall — and rise again — of the beloved show.
Reports swirl that a Roseanne reboot is in the works.
In April 2018, reported that the Roseanne cast is negotiating a deal for a show revival. Multiple networks, notably ABC and Netflix, were interested in securing the show. It was later revealed that Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene, was the brains behind the rebirth of the popular sitcom. "I thought about it and I was just lucky that everyone wanted to do it," Gilbert told . She served as an executive producer along with Barr, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings, and Tony Hernandez.
ABC confirms that Roseanne is coming back in 2018 with the original cast.
Finally, we catch a glimpse of the cast in action. They all look thrilled in their first table read — and loyal viewers start to question how the show will work around Dan's death at the end of season 9.
Once filming wraps, ABC releases the first promo for the revival — and it features the plaid couch and afghan. We're hooooooome!
The Roseanne trailer airs during the Oscars — and people LOVE it.
It kind of feels like a hug from an old friend, doesn't it? The Oscars, which aired on Roseanne's home network, treated viewers to their first look at the refreshed Roseanne during the March broadcast. And yes, it tackles Dan's questionable death.
Barr goes after Parkland student David Hogg on Twitter.
Just before the show returns to primetime, about the Parkland shooting on February 14. In response to an *altered* photo of Parkland student David Hodge, Roseanne says "NAZI SALUTE." She quickly deletes her tweet per ABC's request — but evidently, thousands of people saw it anyways.
#BoycottRoseanne starts trending.
Thousands (if not millions) of people start using the #BoycottRoseanne hashtag on social media, claiming they would not watch the show or support Barr, who has been caught up in controversy for her political opinions in the past as well, including being part of the Birther movement against President Obama.
Roseanne premieres on March 27, 2018 with BIG numbers.
To no one's surprise, Roseanne returned with record numbers. The show's one-hour premiere episode,"Twenty Years to Life," beat out the competition with 27.3 million viewers. Everyone applauded the show for tackling controversial subjects including race, gender fluidity, and politics. "It's all how it affects the family — that's us— and how we deal with it. We've always dealt with it with humor," John Goodman told .
But politics took center stage. "The show isn't as political as they say. Rather, it's how politics divide a family, which is something the entire country is dealing with," Gilbert said.
President Trump chimes in on the show's success.
In an interview, Barr revealed that the president called her to congratulate her. "He's just happy for me," Barr told . "I've known him for many years, and he's done a lot of nice things for me over the years, and it was just a friendly conversation about working and television and ratings."
After one episode, ABC renews the show for an eleventh season.
No time wasted: On March 30, ABC announces that Roseanne is coming back for another season.
Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki makes a memorable return.
David made a comeback that left viewers pretty disappointed. In earlier episodes, it was revealed that he had left his family. In the episode, we come to find out David went on a trip to South America to build houses after his brother had died, and he couldn't cope with his new responsibilities (a.k.a. Darlene).
Yep, David left Darlene. Cue the heartache. Some viewers, however, remained hopeful that the couple would get back together in the next season.
John Goodman breaks our hearts in the season finale.
Dan's big speech during the season finale was undoubtedly the most emotional moment of Roseanne thus far. Once again, fans were reminded just how great of an actor Goodman is. Watch it for yourself:
In the episode, titled “Knee Deep,” the Conner's basement is flooded due to a severe storm, and the family doesn’t have flood insurance. This raw moment between Dan and Wade, his friend and business partner, broke America's hearts.
Barr tweets a racist remark about Valerie Jarrett on the night of May 29.
Barr went on a now-deleted racist rant against Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, writing "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj." The actress blamed Ambien for her "insensitive jokes," and announced that she was leaving Twitter (which didn't last long).
Jarrett eventually responded to Barr's tweet telling , "First of all, I think we need to turn it into a teaching moment. I'm fine. I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who don't come to their defense."
Producer Wanda Sykes says she's leaving the show.
Sykes is the first to comment saying she will not return to the show after Barr's remark. Gilbert and Fishman quickly follow.
ABC cancels Roseanne on May 29, 2018. Other networks, including Viacom, start pulling reruns.
Hollywood A-listers, including Viola Davis and Shonda Rhimes, responded to Barr's abhorrent statements. Soon after, Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, issued a statement, revealing that the network had given the show the boot.
President Trump gives his two cents about ABC's decision.
The President responded to the Roseanne controversy by calling out Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company.
He continued his Twitter spree the following day.
Barr fired back at her castmates.
The actress questioned why her cast didn't support her during a difficult moment.
She responded to Gilbert's tweets:
Soon after, she told another Twitter user that she understood Gilbert's position but was still hurt by the betrayal.
She also lashed out at Fishman claiming he "threw me under the bus":
Barr apologizes to Jarrett.
On Twitter, obviously.
Then Ambien issued a statement.
Ambien's maker Sanofi responded to Barr's claim that the drug prompted her to tweet about Jarrett.
John Goodman responds.
While out and about in Hollywood, Goodman says "everything is fine." He claims that he's not online so he's unaware of a lot of the controversy (really, John?). When asked if he's upset that he's no longer in the running to get an Emmy, he says "Oh, I wasn't going to get an Emmy anyway."
In a series of tweets, Barr apologized to Goodman and actress Laurie Metcalf for the cancellation. "I just wish ABC had not thrown two of the greatest actors in the world out with me — Laurie and John,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “I’m so sick over this — they will never have better character actors on their network.”
Barr's ex-husband Tom Arnold claims Barr wanted the show to be canceled all along.
In an interview with , Barr's former husband of four years, mentioned that the actress wanted the show to get cancelled. Wait, what?!
“[The cancellation] had to happen. And I am going to tell you the truth, she wanted it to happen, if you saw how her tweets escalated this weekend,” Arnold said. “If it hadn't happened yesterday, this season would have been so awful for everyone every day because she would have felt like she was [being] taken advantage [of], just like when I left the show."
But he's onto something: Arnold says the whole thing could have been avoided if she just stopped tweeting.
Barr claims she begged ABC to forgive her.
"I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends," the comedian said in a . "I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity4 them 4free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs."
She also detailed Sherwood's response: "He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: "what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.' I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg."
But she's still tweeting.
Barr is still on Twitter, despite her initial announcement that she'd be leaving the social media site.
But Roseanne is not over for good.
In the wake of the cancellation, a number of fans asked ABC to continue airing the show ... minus Barr. Shortly after, that the network is considering re-branding the show and focusing on Gilbert's character, Darlene, instead. On June 21, ABC officially announced a spinoff of Roseanne, called The Conners. Gilbert, Goodman, and the rest of the cast and crew — minus Barr — are in. The new version of the show will premiere this fall.