ABC canceled Roseanne after she couldn’t control her urge to tweet unacceptable things, but they didn’t want to lose a megahit franchise, or they didn’t want to put the rest of the cast out of work, or maybe a combination of both. So they struck a deal with Roseanne that would allow the show to continue without Barr in the titular role, and demanded that she relinquish her rights to profit from any future the show might have without her.
So a new show with a new title, The Connors, got the greenlight. Today John Goodman, who plays Roseanne’s husband Dan Connor on the show says that The Connors plans to kill off the previously beloved character. When asked what his character’s mood will be when the series returns, he said “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.” He made the revelation in an interview with The Times.
Goodman was sad about Roseanne’s disgracing and has said in the past that he knows she is not a racist.
“I was broken-hearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go.’ But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed,” he said. “I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”
Of course this opens more questions about how they memorialize the character after her death- whether it will be a sad affair that continues to treat the character as a beloved friend, or just brush past it as quickly as possible remains to be seen.
“The Conners” will make its debut on ABC on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m.