Q: Can you tell me what’s up with the “Roseanne” spinoff? Is ABC moving forward with it? -- Billy T., via email
A: The cast of “Roseanne,” excluding Roseanne Barr, will be back with “The Conners” starting Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8/7c, including series stars John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf. We’ve been given a hint as to what we can expect with the reimagining/spinoff with the show’s logline: “After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. ... This Êiconic family -- Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. -- grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns ... with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.”
Q: Can you tell me what’s going on with “Crazy EXGIRLFRIEND”? I heard they are planning to have a new love interest for Rebecca
Bunch. -- Callie F., via Twitter A: Well ... kinda. “Pitch Perfect” star Skylar Astin has signed on to the show’s final season, and although the actor is different, the character he’s portraying is a familiar one: Rebecca’s boyfriend from the first season, Greg. They decided to recast Greg, who was originally played by Santino Fontana, to go in a different direction with the character. (New York-based Santino had asked to be let go at the end of the first season/beginning of the second because it didn’t work with his schedule.) Series creator and star Rachel Bloom said that the show itself won’t ignore the recast, saying: “We don’t want to spoil it too much. It will be a great statement on how our perception of people changes. Greg is a barometer of how people’s perceptions change. It will have been two years since Rebecca’s seen him.” *** READERS: Last week I reported on the “Deadwood” movie that HBO is finally producing to wrap up all of those loose ends that will have been 13 years in the making since the series’ cancellation in 2006. Well, we “Timeless” fans won’t have long to wait either to see how the heck Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Wyatt (Matt Lanter) are going to save Rufus (Malcolm Barrett). Executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke announced that NBC has ordered a two-hour movie, which will air sometime this holiday season, to resolve the storyline.
They said in a joint statement: “While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons ofÊ’Timeless,’ this is the next best thing. We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen, and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”