'The Conners': Production underway as first picture from the sets of 'Roseanne' spinoff revealed

ABC has released the first photo from the set of 'The Conners,' and it stars all of the key cast members except for Roseanne Barr, obviously


                            'The Conners': Production underway as first picture from the sets of 'Roseanne' spinoff revealed

The spinoff to ABC’s revived and then cancelled comedy hit 'Roseanne', 'The Conners,' kicked off production on Friday on the Warner Bros set, the network said. The network also released the first photo from the set of the new Roseanne Barr-less series, which is set to premiere on October 16, at 8 EDT/PDT, filling the timeslot that was planed for Season 2 of 'Roseanne.'

The released picture shows original Roseanne regulars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson on set at the kitchen table along with Jayden Rey, Ames McNamara and Emma Kenney, who play the Conners’ grandkids. The news of them reprising the role only broke yesterday as they were upped as series regulars for the spinoff.

The cast of "The Conners" (left to right:) Sara Gilbert, Jayden Rey, Michael Fishman, Ames McNamara, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Emma Kenney. (Eric McCandless/ABC)
The cast of "The Conners" (left to right:) Sara Gilbert, Jayden Rey, Michael Fishman, Ames McNamara, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Emma Kenney. (Eric McCandless/ABC)

ABC has not released much information about the plot of 'The Conners' without Barr, who was fired from the reboot in the aftermath of her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama. However, Goodman did give away the plot to an extent when earlier this week he told the UK’s The Sunday Times that Barr’s lead character would be dead, after being asked what his character Dan’s motivation would be in the new series.

“It’s an unknown,” Goodman said. “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.” ABC has described Barr’s exit as “a sudden turn of events.”

Here’s the official logline: "On the new show, 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 iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapple 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."