Everything to Know About the 'Roseanne' Spinoff 'The Conners'

The premiere episode confirmed how Roseanne's character was written off.

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Just one month after ABC canceled the Roseanne reboot over Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, the network declared that they would be replacing the show with The Conners, a spinoff of the 2018 revival.

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Here's what we know so far about what's to come for Dan, Jackie, and the rest of the Conner crew:

The Conners premieres Tuesday, October 16.

The famous family returns to ABC on October 16 at 8 p.m. ET. New episodes will continue to air on Tuesday nights at the same time throughout the fall. The network is also introducing two other shows on October 16: The Kids Are Alright (8:30 p.m.) and The Rookie (10 p.m.).

A lot of the original cast is returning.

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Don't worry, Dan and Jackie fans. Both John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf are reprising their roles. Other definite returns include Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman. According to the , Johnny Galecki will also be playing David (a.k.a. Darlene's ex) in the new series, though it's still unclear as to how much he will appear.

Juliette Lewis, Maya Lynne Robinson, and Mary Steenburgen are also appearing on The Conners.

According to , Juliette is set to play David's new girlfriend Blue, who he briefly mentioned in the first season of the Roseanne reboot. Acting on The Conners will serve as a reunion for Johnny and Juliette. They had previously worked together onscreen when they played the Griswold siblings in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

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Additionally, reports that Maya will also be joining the Conner clan as D.J.'s wife. Maya will be replacing actress Xosha Roquemore, who originally played the character in season one of the Roseanne revival.

Lastly, Mary Steenburgen on her personal Instagram page that she will make an appearance for at least one episode of the series.

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Roseanne Barr will not be part of the spin-off.

After Roseanne got canceled, ABC declared that the creator and star of the original series would have "no financial or creative involvement in the new series."

Roseanne herself told Brandon Straka on his Youtube Show that they "killed her."

"They have her die of an opioid overdose. I wanted to show [opioid struggle] in the show, but I was never going to have Roseanne die of an opioid overdose," the actress . "She should have died as a hero or not at all … It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show.”

The show's episode confirmed that her character did indeed die of an opioid overdose.

The Conners will still tackle hot-topic issues.

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Just because Roseanne is out of the picture doesn't mean the new show is going to shy away from controversy. In the 2018 reboot, Roseanne wasn't afraid to confront uncomfortable topics head on, including the 2016 election, opioid crisis, parenting, immigration, and bigotry. As ABC announced, the new program will be no different.

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The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter, and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.

As for the Conners' next chapter, the family will have to deal with dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging, and in-laws, according to .


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