Roseanne Barr slams ABC for her character’s fate

Lawrence Kim
October 17, 2018

"The Conners" received a 10-episode, straight-to-series order earlier this year, weeks after the initial "Roseanne" revival was canceled.

Almost five months since ABC's much-publicized axing of its "Roseanne" revival from its lineup, the network on Tuesday premiered "The Conners", a half hour spin-off framed around the fictional family of Roseanne Conner. In May, Barr had posted a now-deleted racist tweet about former Obama administration senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, which caused ABC to axe the hit comedy within just hours.

The lingering question of "What will happen to Roseanne?" on the premiere of The Conners may not be as pressing and riveting as "Who shot JR?" but it certainly is one of the TV history books.

That heart and honesty she fought for is why the series stood out in its last season by tackling hot button political issues from a middle ground fueled by character and story.

John Goodman, who played Roseanne's husband Dan, said he struggled to accept the news of Roseanne's firing when he heard it.

In the season premiere of the new show, which has just aired in the U.S., the family is shown struggling to come to terms with the death of Roseanne from what is first thought to be a heart attack. In new opening credits, Dan, daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and Jackie take center stage. "She never listened to a damn person in her life".

(L-R, Back Row) Executive producers Whitney Cummings and Tom Werner, actors Ames McNamera, Emma Kenney, Jayden Rey, executive producer Bruce Helford, (l-r, front row) actor Michael Fishman, executive producer/actress Sara Gilbert, actress Laurie Metcalf, executive producer/actress Roseanne Barr, actors John Goodman, Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke of the television show "Roseanne" speak onstage during the ABC Television/Disney portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena in Pasadena, California on January 8, 2018.

'Roseanne overdosed on opioids, ' Roseanne's sister on the show, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) tells Dan after she spoke with a friend in the corner's office. The rest of the family tells Dan they found other pain pills hidden around the house, and he has to accept that Marcy isn't to blame for Roseanne's overdose.

Eventually, Mary (played by guest star Mary Steenburgen) confronts Dan saying that she didn't kill Roseanne and that they were exchanging pills.

"It doesn't make any sense, I got her knee fixed, I flushed her pills", Dan says. He finally comes to the realization that the overdose was true.

'I never would have given them to her if I knew she had a problem, ' she says to him. The neighbor also explained how many in the neighborhood share drugs from heart medicine to anti-anxiety medication. 'I know what it's like to have that problem, so I'm sorry'.

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