John Goodman is eager to build a new series, ABC "The Conners", from the wreckage of the "Roseanne" caption last spring but it is clear something – that someone is doing – is missing.
"It felt great to be back, but there is an empty center and I really miss Rosie," says Goodman, who has been with Roseanne Barr for nine years since 1988 and last year's best rated revival  before being fired after a racist tweet last spring  With the exception of Barr, Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, will continue with the rest of the cast (Tuesday, 8th EDT / PDT), to which Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Ley Goranson and Michael Fishman belong.  More: Review: & # 39; The Conners & # 39; missing Roseanne's Bite, but offering a satisfying meal
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"Roseanne & # 39; Spinoff & # 39; The Conners & # 39; Premiere Tuesday without Matriarch Ros Eanne (Roseanne Barr), middle in chicken shirt, seen with the Conner family in a scene from the top-rated "Roseanne" revival last spring. (Photo: Adam Rose / ABC)
The working-class family from Illinois will focus on the apparent death – confirmed by Goodman in a interview in August – of the irreverent matriarch Roseanne Conner, whose absence is explained in the Premiere on Tuesday.
"The Conners" will continue to address current issues from the working class perspective, including health care, drug use, immigration and the struggle for survival.
"We are alike that we always wanted to be faithful to this family and the stories they encountered in order to make them emotionally, financially but hopefully make people laugh and sometimes cry," says Gilbert Because we miss our matriarch in the series, our roles are redefined as in a family, people are strengthening, relationships are strengthening, people are more in the role of a caregiver, and it allows us to create some new stories to explore. "
Roseanne's wild political views and the boom for President Trump are missing. But a new character, son D.J. Conner's military veteran Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson) adds a conservative perspective other than an orderly, ecclesiastical arrival in the not-too-disciplined Conner House.
"Roseanne", an iconic hit during its first incarnation, became the TV's best rated show (averaging 20 million viewers) and a cultural phenomenon when ABC revived it last March. But the network ended the series in late May after Barr's racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Obama. More: The cast of & # 39; Roseanne & # 39; Spinoff & # 39; The Conners & # 39; Rosanne Barr
Darlene (Sara Gilbert), standing on the left, Becky (Lecy Goranson) and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) stand over Dan (John Goodman), front left, in ABC's The Conners. (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC
Goodman says he is "stunned," but not annoyed at the cancellation. "I've tried to pretend I'm calm and say," Well 'That's show business,' "but I went into a round for a few weeks."
Faced with a huge hole in his schedule, the network was interested in a spin-off, and – because the show was already for a new one Season had been renewed – the stars had to pay for seven episodes.
But financial problems were secondary to creative decisions, says executive producer Tom Werner. "The protagonists all wanted to come back and they did not want the show to end." But) if we did not feel we could deliver really strong, funny episodes, no one would have returned. "Barr, too, could not withdraw from the financial contribution, a condition imposed by ABC.
D.J. (Michael Fishman), left, listens to his wife Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson), who returned from military service in Afghanistan, in ABC's "The Conners." (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)  Werner says that he considers the Barr family and has been in contact since their release. "In my last conversation with her, she was fine," he says, saying that she will have "mixed feelings" about the new show.
Goodman says he was on board immediately when Gilbert, who is also executive producer, approached him about the spin-off. "This could be a kind of closure, I do not know," he says. "But it's nice to have a chance."
Gilbert says, "We owe our viewers a debt," which made the revival a hit. "There are not enough shows about the working class and stories through the lens of humor, heart, love and humor."
In the new 10-episode season, Darlene (Gilbert) begins a new relationship after seeing her ex-husband David (guest star Johnny Galecki) has a girlfriend (Juliette Lewis); and Jackie teaches English as a second language and starts a relationship with one of her adult students. Muslim neighbors who pulled Roseanne's suspicion – and then support – into "Roseanne" return for a "Conner's" Halloween episode.
Trump's supporter Roseanne may have left, but "The Conners "will still deal with contemporary politics, as in an upcoming episode in which the young Mark (Ames McNamara) conducts an election poll Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), left, observes. (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Goodman, who just wants to "sit around and giggle" on the set, admits the new show will be different without this "focus", but he's happy back with his colleagues. "It's like a family here It'll make you laugh each other. "
He will not predict how the new show will fare." We made impossible numbers last year, so I do not want to think about it, but if they give us a chance and turn us on again and again, who knows? I'm not worried. I'm just glad I'm here.
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