The Roseanne spinoff The Conners is currently shooting its first season that will premiere next month, but according to a new report, things are not going well. Star and Executive Producer Sara Gilbert is “stressed out” about the new show and wondering if it can be successful without star Roseanne Barr.
Barr created and starred in the original hit series that ran on ABC for nine seasons from 1988-1997, and she was also responsible for the successful reboot earlier this year. However, everything changed after Barr posted a controversial tweet that led to ABC firing her and ending the reboot after just eight episodes in the tenth season, even though they had initially renewed it for a 13-episode Season 11.
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Barr didn’t want her mistake to lead to dozens of people losing their jobs, so she gave her blessing for a spinoff that would continue without her called The Conners. But Gilbert, who plays Roseanne’s daughter Darlene, is afraid the show will lose its fan base without Barr.
“Sara is very stressed out right now because filming is not going as well as everyone had hoped,” revealed an insider. “It just does not feel the same without Roseanne and she [Sara] knows that the entire fate of the show is falling on her.”
Gilbert already has a busy schedule. In addition to being the executive producer and star of The Conners, she is also an executive producer and regular panelist on the CBS show The Talk, plus she is the mother of three children.
Radar Online is reporting that all of that responsibility is adding up to a lot of pressure, and no one is sure how the audience will respond to a show about the Conners without the family matriarch. However, the remaining cast is working hard to try to make the show funny.
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The cast is completely aware of the fact that the whole world will be watching the premiere of The Conners to find out exactly how they killed off Roseanne’s character. And, the hope is that audiences will stick with them as they make the transition.
ABC fired Barr in May after she compared former President Barack Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett to an “ape” in a controversial tweet that she intended to be funny. Barr later apologized for her statements, but ABC canceled Roseanne within 24 hours of the tweet. This left the rest of the cast — Gilbert, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Jaden Ray, and Ames McNamara — and the crew without jobs until Barr agreed to the spinoff.
The first episode of The Conners will reveal Roseanne’s sudden death, who had struggled with health issues during last season’s reboot.
The Conners will premiere Tuesday, October 16th on ABC.