What is the verdict on ABC's "Roseanne" Spinoff, "The Conners"?
In March, ABC brought Roseanne Conner back to life with her restart of the popular 'Roseanne' nineties sitcom. Less than a year later she killed: "The Conners," which debuted on Tuesday, is "Roseanne" without Roseanne Barr, whose series was dropped in late May after Barr wrote a Twitter post, Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to Barack Obama and an African Compares American to a Monkey
"The Conners" was a recent attempt to rescue "Roseanne", which had proven to be a great assessment success for ABC. Instead of risking a chaotic off-screen fight with the former star of the series ̵
The Critical Answer
& # 39; Review: "The Conners" is a bittersweet pill [ The New York Times ]
It has taken the example of the real Barr, To point out that the divisions in America are not just politics, "writes James Poniewozik of the Times, adding:" It's also about decency and empathy and dehumanization. "adds," These are moral lines that – once someone like Barr crosses them – you can not just agree to disagree about that. You have to make a choice. ABC has, and in this process, freed the Conners to be themselves. "
& # 39;" The Conners "does not need Roseanne Vulture ]
" The Conners "feels closer to the original" Roseanne "even in tone and intent, which is amazing when you are no longer on the Roseanne Image is, "writes Jen Chaney, adding that the specter of Donald Trump is largely missing in the spin-off," which relieves a burden that has forced the characters of the new Roseanne to behave in a way that does not match the matches what we knew about them Original & # 39; Roseanne. & # 39; "
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Esquire's Justin Kirkland was one of several critics to highlight Lecy Goranson's appearance as the elder sister Becky : "Becky (Lecy Goranson) has emerged as the most comedic MVP episode"
& # 39; Review: "The  Conners' Misses Roseanne. But it does not need them Vanity Fair ]
For Sonia Saraiya, Roseanne Barr's absence is a chance. "Barr's personality has taken up a lot of space on the Roseanne set," Saraiya writes. "Without them, the actors and the characters have a chance to breathe, and the result is an unlikely, engaging family sitcom with a motley crew of characters, all held together by the same loss."
& # 39; Without Roseanne, the Conners "go ahead" [ NPR ]
Linda Holmes argues that the focus of the premiere on the aftermath of Roseanne's death was a flashback to what the original was "Roseanne" made it so unique: "Roseanne was always more than funny, it was about family and conflict and relationships, and that's where the first episode of" The Conners "comes from." But Holmes argues that the authors have something to do when it comes to ridiculing such weighty material. Otherwise the spin-off will "not survive as a comedy."
Behind the Scenes
& # 39; Can "The Conners" Really "Roseanne" Without Roseanne? & # 39; [ Vanity Fair ]
Laura Bradley spoke to several authors of the original Roseanne, some of whom were not so sure that the continuation of the Conner family's history would work without Barr. According to an anonymous writer: "There is a certain personality needed to play the lead role in a show." As for Barr, the author adds, "I think she was the core of the show, I like Dan and Darlene and all the other characters and Jackie … they're all great, but I just feel like the core missing. "
" The Conners "Showrunner Bruce Helford: Why We Killed Roseanne So [ The Hollywood Reporter ]
In a column for The Hollywood Reporter, Bruce Helford , the showrunner of the two newly launched "Roseanne" and "The Conners" (he also served as the executive producer and author of the original "Roseanne"), explains the decision to bring back the Conner clan sans Roseanne: "As authors, authors and artists were We reached a euphoric climax and returned a show after more than 20 years to become the # 1 season on prime time television. Once again. Nobody has ever done that before. But we did it and it could not end like this. He adds, "In episode 1, we mourn the loss of our matriarch. That earned her. "
" Roseanne Barr responds to the death of her character in the premiere of "Conners" [ Deadline ]
Barr had much to say of that Death of the character she created: An hour after ABC aired the first episode of "The Conners", Barr fired a usual arson tweet then published a lengthy statement on the Facebook page of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whose podcast Barr has appeared multiple times since the cancellation of "Roseanne." "We regret that ABC has terminated Roseanne by abolishing the Roseanne Conner character," The statement reads. "That it was made by an opioid overdose, gave an otherwise happy family show an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension. "