DON’T YOU (FOR­GET ABOUT ME)

Roseanne and 12 other TV shows that lost a ma­jor star

Toronto Sun - - SHOWBIZ ENT - MARK DANIELL mdaniell@post­media.com

The Con­ners, a spinoff star­ring orig­i­nal cast mem­bers John Good­man, Lau­rie Met­calf and Sara Gilbert, airs Tues­day night on CTV and ABC.

But Roseanne Barr, who played the Con­ner ma­tri­arch, will be ab­sent in the re­boot. The show was can­celled in May af­ter Barr sent out a racist tweet aimed at former Barack Obama ad­viser Va­lerie Jar­rett.

A spinoff was green­lit af­ter she agreed to forego any fi­nan­cial in­volve­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Barr, her char­ac­ter will be killed off in the se­ries pre­miere af­ter suf­fer­ing a drug over­dose.

“Oh ya, they killed her,” she said dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on Bran­don Straka’s YouTube show Walk Away last month. “They have her die of an opi­oid over­dose.”

The first episode is ti­tled Keep On Truckin’ and it fea­tures the Con­ners deal­ing with a “sud­den turn of events.”

Good­man says that while she is missed, al­low­ing the show to con­tinue will give fans — and the cast — clo­sure.

“Let us fin­ish the story on our own terms,” he told Peo­ple in a re­cent in­ter­view. “Come along with us and see how we do.”

The Con­ners isn’t the first show to con­tinue on with­out its lead.

We’ve rounded up 12 other se­ries that tried to con­tinue with­out its main ac­tor. As you’ll see, some were more suc­cess­ful than oth­ers.

John Good­man and Roseanne Barr in the now-can­celled pop­u­lar re­vival of her epony­mous sit­com.

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