The cast of “The Connors’, the spin-off of the
The cast of “The Connors’, the spin-off of the "Roseanne", reveals what it’s like to film the series without its embattled star. Picture: AFP Photo/Valerie Macon

Cast spills on life without Roseanne

WITH slated to debut this month sans Roseanne Barr, the remaining cast members are reflecting on their new direction after Barr's firing.

"It was awkward but not awkward," Laurie Metcalf, who plays Jackie Harris, told People magazine about filming without Barr, according the New York Post.

"It was right but not right, wrong but not wrong," said the award-winning actress.

 

Award-winning actress Laurie Metcalf says filming the spinoff show to “Roseanne” without its star is “awkward.” Picture: Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Award-winning actress Laurie Metcalf says filming the spinoff show to “Roseanne” without its star is “awkward.” Picture: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

As the series is expected to address, Barr's character is killed off by an opioid overdose and the family is left to recover.

"Any sadness that we feel over what we've lost we're hopefully channelling in an honest way into the show," added Sarah Gilbert, who returned to her role as Darlene Conner and a producer on the show. "And our show has always been able to deal with heavy topics, particularly for a sitcom."

 

Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert talk Roseanne and “The Conners”. Picture: Supplied
Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert talk Roseanne and “The Conners”. Picture: Supplied

Back in May, ABC swiftly cancelled Roseanne after Barr, 65, posted racist tweets about former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett.

The TV network called her behaviour not in line with its values. Then came discussion of whether the show could return without Barr - who played a pivotal role both in front of and behind the camera.

Barr ultimately chose to remove herself so the show could survive.

 

Roseanne Barr chose to remove herself from “The Conners” spin-off so the show could survive. Picture: Rachel Luna/Getty Images
Roseanne Barr chose to remove herself from “The Conners” spin-off so the show could survive. Picture: Rachel Luna/Getty Images

"That was a very big deal," said John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner. "To give us a chance."

Goodman, 66, adds he and the remaining cast didn't want to let the series end until they were truly finished. "There was a debt owed to this fictional family. We'll figure out how to get through this, the family will, everybody will. We want to finish telling this story."

Of the remaining stars, Goodman appeared to have the most difficulty with the cancellation news.

 

John Goodman along with castmates Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf discuss filming the spin-off show without Roseanne Barr. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File
John Goodman along with castmates Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf discuss filming the spin-off show without Roseanne Barr. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

"I had a bad time for about a month," he recalled. "And then other things started going wrong. I fell down the steps and broke a rib. My wife got sick - just all kinds of weird stuff happened at one time."

Metcalf, 66, and Gilbert, 43, processed the news differently.

"I was trying to reconcile myself to the show being gone," Metcalf said.

Gilbert compartmentalised her feelings and dealt with the news one day at a time.

However, they collectively decided to shoot for another chance. Their newly reformatted show will return on Oct. 16.

 

Laurie Metcalf says that filming the Roseanne spinoff without its namesake star is “awkward” and she expects the remaining cast to be judged for it. Picture: Supplied
Laurie Metcalf says that filming the Roseanne spinoff without its namesake star is “awkward” and she expects the remaining cast to be judged for it. Picture: Supplied

"We all decided as a group to take the risk, knowing that we could be judged by deciding to come back," Metcalf said.

Goodman is hopeful. "But we can create something new from it. Let us finish the story on our own terms. Come along with us and see how we do."

 

This story first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.



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