Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cindy Elavsky Write to Cindy at King Fea­tures Weekly Ser­vice, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at let­ters@cindyelavsky.com.

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?”

Photo credit: Smallz & Raskind/The CW


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