'The Conners' executive producer explains how the spin-off decided to handle Roseanne's absence

Posted On: Oct 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

'The Conners' executive producer explains how the spin-off decided to handle Roseanne's absence

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Conners."
" The Conners " finally revealed how the show would move forward without Roseanne Barr on the spin-off Tuesday night.
The series killed off the iconic TV mom by opioid overdose in an emotional half-hour premiere. If you watched the "Roseanne" revival at all earlier this year, the decision didn't come completely out of left field.
"I think that it was important that we all be respectful of Roseanne Conner and Roseanne Barr," executive producer Tom Werner said during a panel for the show Tuesday evening at PaleyFest in New York City. "What made the show work last year for us - obviously we have an extraordinary ensemble cast - but what made the show work for us is that, I think we were touching on themes that were very relevant to our audience."
"If you had seen the shows last year, Roseanne Conner was struggling with drug ," Werner continued, saying that when they discussed what to do moving forward with Roseanne's character, the logical choice...

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