John Goodman is eager to build a new series, ABC "The Conners", from the remains of the cancellation "Roseanne" last spring, but clearly there is something: make someone miss.
"It felt really good to be back, but there's a hollow center, I miss Rosie a lot," says Goodman, who worked with Roseanne Barr for nine years beginning in 1988 and the best resurgence last year. before she was fired after a racist tweet last spring.
With the exception of Barr, Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, will continue with the rest of the cast in the split (Tuesday, 8 EDT / PDT), which includes Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman.
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& # 39; Roseanne & # 39; spinoff & # 39; The Conners & # 39; will be released on Tuesday without the matriarch Roseanne (Roseanne Barr), center with a chicken shirt, seen with the Conner family in a scene of the rebirth of Roseanne & # 39; first category last spring. (Photo: Adam Rose / ABC)
The working class of Illinois will adjust to the apparent death, confirmed by Goodman in a Interview in August, of the irreverent matriarch Roseanne Conner, whose absence will be explained at the premiere on Tuesday.
"The Conners" will continue to examine current issues from the perspective of the working class, including medical care, drug use, immigration and the struggle to make ends meet.
"We are similar in that we have always wanted to stay true to this type of family and the stories they would be struggling to achieve emotionally, economically, but hopefully making people laugh and sometimes cry," says Gilbert. What is different now is that we miss our matriarch in the program, so our roles are redefined as they would be in a family. People move forward, relationships strengthen, people have to assume a role as caregiver. It has allowed us to explore some new stories. "
The political opinions of Roseanne and the reinforcement of President Trump are missing. But a new character, son D.J. Conner's veteran and military wife, Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson), adds a different conservative perspective as an orderly arrival and going to church in the not-so-disciplined house of Conner.
"Roseanne", an iconic hit during its first incarnation, became the highest-rated TV show (with an average of 20 million viewers) and a cultural phenomenon when ABC revived it last March. But the network canceled the series in late May, after Barr's racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, former adviser to President Obama.
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Darlene (Sara Gilbert), standing to the left, Becky (Lecy Goranson) and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) stand over Dan (John Goodman), in the front left, in "The Conners" on ABC. (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Goodman says he was "stunned" but not angry about the cancellation. "I tried to pretend I was calm about it and say:" Well, that's a show business, "but somehow I went around for a couple of weeks."
Facing a huge hole in its agenda, the network was interested in a split and, because the program had already been renewed for a new season, the stars had to be paid for seven episodes.
But financial problems were secondary to creative decisions, says executive producer Tom Werner. "The main actors all wanted to come back. They did not want the show to end. (But) if we did not feel we could offer really strong and funny episodes, then no one would have returned. "Neither could they make Barr not withdraw from the financial participation, a condition established by ABC.
DJ. (Michael Fishman), on the left, listens to his wife, Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson), who has returned from military service in Afghanistan, on ABC's "The Conners." (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Werner says she considers the Barr family and has been in contact since she was fired. "In my last conversation with her, she was pretty good," she says, predicting that she will have "mixed feelings" about the new program.
Goodman says he was immediately on board when Gilbert, who is also an executive producer, approached him to talk about the split. "This could be some kind of closure, I do not know," he says. "But it's good to have an opportunity."
Gilbert says that "we have a debt to our viewers" that made the revival a success. "There are not enough shows about the working class and telling stories through the lens of humor, heart, love and comedy."
In the new 10-episode season, Darlene (Gilbert) starts a new relationship after learning that her former husband David (guest star Johnny Galecki) has a girlfriend (Juliette Lewis); and Jackie teaches English as a second language and begins a relationship with one of her adult students. Muslim neighbors who attracted Roseanne's suspicions, and then supported, on the return of "Roseanne" for a Halloween episode "Conners."
Trump supporter, Roseanne, may have left, but & # 39; The Conners & # 39; will continue to address contemporary politics as it does in an upcoming episode where Mark (Ames McNamara), center, conducts an election poll as Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), left, observes. (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Goodman, who misses "just sitting and laughing" with Barr on set, acknowledges that the new show will be different without "that center of gravity." But he is happy to be back with his colleagues. "It's like a family around here, we make ourselves laugh."
He is not going to predict how the new show will go. "We made impossible numbers last year, so I do not want to think about that, but if they give us a chance and keep tuning in, who knows? I do not care. I'm glad to be here."
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