The remaining Conners speak out—a bit—about Roseanne's series-killing tweet

We’re two weeks out from the debut of The Conners, ABC’s Roseanne “spin-off” about what happens to a family when their mom dies of a terminal case of “The actress playing her said some racist stuff on Twitter.” Owing in part to a mixture of legal minefields and, presumably, some degree of personal attachment, the…

Laurie Metcalf takes the lead in ABC's first look at The Conners 

The Roseanne-less Roseanne spin-off The Conners is staying weirdly mum on plot details, but a new teaser posted to the show’s Twitter account offers a teensy peek into whatever ABC is cooking up. The good news? It’s heavy on the weary, neurotic Aunt Jackie, played here by the hilarious (and Oscar-nominated) Laurie…

Roseanne Barr claims her character will die from an "opioid overdose" on The Conners

During a recent interview on YouTube show Walk Away (via Entertainment Weekly), Roseanne Barr claimed that her Roseanne character is going to die off-screen from “an opioid overdose” on ABC’s rebooted revival show The Conners. Barr called the decision “cynical and horrible,” noting that she had decided to introduce a…

John Goodman thinks that The Conners will simply kill off Roseanne

Earlier this month, we noted that ABC was working on The Conners—its Roseanne Barr-free revival of Roseanne—with “heavy security,” to the extent that everyone was using hand-delivered notes instead of email. We pointed out that this seemed bizarre, since the only justification for being so mysterious would be if ABC…

Everything about ABC's Roseanne spin-off The Conners is TOP SECRET for some reason

When ABC decided to reboot its Roseanne revival without its eponymous lead (who had been fired for being racist on Twitter), the path seemed pretty straightforward: Just do everything exactly the same as they would’ve had Roseanne Barr not been fired, but replace everything she would’ve said with someone else saying…

Roseanne's old friends are openly wondering what the hell happened to her

Although she’s now been semi-gracefully excised from the hit TV show that once bore her name, Roseanne Barr remains a frequent topic of conversation in the television world—including at this week’s TCA press tour. (After all, it’s not every day that someone goes from “having the most successful sitcom on the planet”…

Kenya Barris to ABC: "You hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers"

It continues to feel a bit like ABC somehow dodged a bullet—albeit, one it had, first, carefully aimed at its own big dumb head—with this whole Roseanne situation, as critics, fans, and even members of their own corporate family express their vague relief that the network was willing to cancel its most successful…

ABC is still quietly trying to brainstorm ways to do Roseanne without Roseanne

Ever since ABC found itself in the unenviable position of canceling the most-watched scripted series on network TV—admittedly, through its own willingness to let a Twitter-equipped scorpion go crawling around on its back, just waiting to poison the entire enterprise with one more-honest-than-usual tweet—there’s been a…

Right-wing pundits want revenge for Roseanne’s firing, and they’ve set their sights on, um, Bill Maher

Yesterday, after ABC’s judicious cancellation of Roseanne, far-right conservatives took to Twitter to demand their own sacrifice in this seemingly never-ending culture war. In a classic case of Whataboutism, the MAGA chuds attempted to draw the public’s attention to another famous comedian who has also recently made a…

Roseanne is already back on Twitter, so who wants to look at some pictures of cute doggos, instead?

It’s one of those general maxims of online life that anybody who says they’re quitting social media probably isn’t, especially if they’re a high-profile person in the process of being yelled at by most of the rest of the internet. Even so, Roseanne Barr’s decision to “leave Twitter” this afternoon, after people got…