As The Conners gets closer to premiere following the cancellation of Roseanne, the cast of the spinoff are opening up more and more about the fallout from the abrupt cancellation of the hit revival and how the spinoff came to be.
John Goodman stat with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, October 8 and admitted that Barr “is missed, definitely” on the set of The Conners. “After that many years, it’s like a family. And last year, it was so miraculous and so unreal that when it went away it was almost like a dream,” he added.
Goodman went on to stat that after Barr was fired and the show was cancelled he tired to “be a big boy” but after it all settled in that the show really was over, he “crashed for a couple weeks,” and then said weird things began to happen.
“All kinds of weird stuff happened,” he revealed.“My wife got sick right after that [and] then I fell down the stairs.”
Of course not too long after, ABC gave a green light to The Conners which meant most of the cast and crew could wouldn’t be out of jobs and Goodman also credits Barr with agreeing to give up any creative and financial connections to the show, “She gave up a lot so that people could work.”
He added: “It was very weird doing the first show without her because she’s my buddy. I mean, we’d just sit there and she’d make me laugh and I’d make her laugh, which is fun because there’s always a danger of her peeing herself.”
As for those who are already adamantly against The Conners, Goodman said it is basically the same show “minus mom.” “At the end of last season she goes out to the liquor store to fill her Vape pen and she hasn’t been back yet,” he said.
The Conners premieres Tuesday, October 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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One of the hallmarks of Roseanne‘s greatness was how incredibly real the show was. Unlike any other sitcom and TV families before, the Conner’s were undeniably relatable to middle-class working Americans who were simply trying to just make ends meet while keeping their family together. Although comedy was at the forefront of many episodes, some hit fans hard because of other emotions, and that is what makes season eight’s “Fights and Stuff” so memorable. After Dan’s heart attack, a worried Roseanne tracked his every move and everything he ate, so when she caught him cheating on his diet, the pair had one of their biggest fights ever. The explosive and vicious interaction between the beloved couple was raw and intense and so emotionally real it left audiences breathless.