DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME)
Roseanne and 12 other TV shows that lost a major star
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.