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When ABC canceled "Roseanne" after Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist comment last spring, Lecy Goranson's first thought was how much he would miss the rest of the cast.
"We spent every day together for years and years," said Goranson, who began playing Becky Conner in the hit sitcom 1988. "Then we had this long break, and I've been on the East Coast and everyone else has I was on the West Coast, that feeling of togetherness and love that we shared with our cast and our team: to take that away, I was just waiting to see everyone again, and create something that is so unique and special, that it has a lot of important history and so much life … I was so, so relieved and grateful to have another chance to continue the show. "
"The Conners", the split that follows the family after the death of the matriarch Roseanne Conner, premiered on Tuesday, and Goranson says that the environment on the set was "a mixed bag" when they started filming.
"We were all so excited and excited to be together," he said. "We were not really sure what the show was going to be, how it was going to be different, and then on the flip, we really missed Roseanne, we missed her presence and there was definitely something missing, and I think we really did not have the chance to regret it. their absence together, so all that happened: celebration, mourning, hope and, ultimately, just to thank the show has returned, in a new incarnation.
Barr's character died of an accidental overdose of opioids, continuing a story from last season that focused on Roseanne developing an addiction after struggling with a knee injury.
"On the one hand, initially, I felt very resistant to that," said Goranson on how to die. "I felt that maybe it was too late, and then, when I started thinking about his story, it made sense that we would finish last season."
For Goranson, the most intense part of the premiere was the beginning.
"When we all met in the first scene, it was the first time we were all together without it dramatically, and it felt very, very moving," he said. "And everything seemed a bit harsh due to what happened to her and her destiny." And then, once we all realized that it is still a comedy, we could go back to what the program always does, which provides many nuances. … nuances of relationship, nuances of history and nuances of performance ".
The actress hopes to continue exploring Becky as an adult.
"There is more depth for her," he said. "I like that I can contribute something from my own emotional story to the role. I think Becky is really unique. I think she's smart and she has her own sense of humor. It is very dry and I feel that I have much more to do now than when I was a girl. "
When asked to summarize the tone of the new season in a few words, Goranson said: "Bittersweet, but that's pretty simple." He added "melancholy", but also "fun and charming".