Roseanne lives on, minus Roseanne: ABC says it has ordered 10 episodes of a spinoff of the top-rated sitcom, with the working title The Conners, CNN reports. It will feature the same cast as Roseanne, minus Roseanne Barr, who was fired after sending a racist tweet last month. The show will have the same crew that had been lined up to work on Roseanne's 11th season. "The Conners' stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love," ABC said in a statement. "The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago." Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that Barr will retain the rights to her Roseanne Conner character.
ABC says the new show will debut this fall, occupying the same Tuesday 8pm time slot that Roseanne did. Cast members including Sara Gilbert and John Goodman released a statement saying they had 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." Barr was gracious about the move in a statement to US Weekly. "I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne," she said. "I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved." (Read more Roseanne (sitcom) stories.)