ABC declined comment. Tom Werner’s Werner Entertainment, The Conners production company that handles cast negotiations, is hammering out a license-fee deal with ABC, which also is expected to close. In anticipation of a formal renewal, I hear the show already has been hiring new writers for Season 4.
Three seasons in, The Conners remains ABC’s most watched comedy series.” /> 1 comedy in both categories during its maiden season. 1 new comedy in total viewers and 18-49 and ABC’s No. The Roseanne spinoff, shepherded by executive producer/showrunner Bruce Helford, was an instant breakout, ranking as the No.
EXCLUSIVE: Once again, ABC's renewal of its top comedy series, The Conners, hinges on making new deals with the main cast. And once again, that hurdle has been overcome.
Gorenson, who started at a much lower point, has been closing the gap with bigger year-to-year raises. All four also have a piece of the series’ lucrative backend, which has increased, sources said. The main quartet has been getting salary bumps over the last three years, with Gilbert, Goodman and Metcalf closing in on the $400,000 an episode mark, I hear.
Instead, the actors are signed year-to-year. Because of The Conners' origins — a spinoff of the Roseanne revival — the cast does not have standard six-year contracts.
I hear the new pacts are for a 20-episode fourth season, in line with the size of Seasons 2 and 3. The four principal cast members of the Roseanne spinoff — Sara Gilbert (who also serves as an executive producer), John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson — have closed new pacts to return next season, sources said.
Kochoff wrote the New Line Jane Fonda-Jennifer Lopez hit comedy Monster-in-Law which grossed over $154M WW, and also co-penned Garry Marshall's final movie Mother's Day which starred Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners has acquired the rights to Anya Kochoff's comedy script Rich Old Broads about a group of girlfriends in their '60s on a get-away.
Kochoff is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and attorneys Karl Austen and Marissa Linden at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Rich Old Broads was brought to Amblin by Anonymous Content’s Robyn Meisinger who is producing the project with the studio.
The pic, which stars Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly and John Goodman, hits theaters on March 15.” /> Up next for Amblin Partners is the Focus Features sci-fi thriller Captive State directed by Rupert Wyatt.
We understand this is a hot one for Amblin and they're fast-tracking it. last weekend. Movies targeted toward the 50+ crowd are a box office goldmine with recent successes such as Paramount's Book Club ($68.5M domestic), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($59.6M), and, heck, Warner Bros.' The Mule crossing $100M at the domestic B.O.
Helford did a brief stint as a writer-producer on the original Roseanne series and has been shepherding both the Roseanne revival as executive producer/co-showrunner and The Conners as exec producer/showrunner. In a brief interview with Deadline, Bruce Helford discusses the challenges of mounting the new series in a very quick turnaround and addresses the high expectations. He explains how the producers settled on what The Conners should be about and how to write Barr off and teases what viewers would be surprised by.
HELFORD: The hardest part of making the show was finding the perspective without the matriarch. Ultimately, each member of the family fills the gap by stepping up in their own individual ways. This is a true ensemble with some of the finest actors who have ever graced a TV show. Honestly, almost all of them could be the leads in their own series.
DEADLINE: Did you consider alternative setups for the followup series — moving the characters to a new location, leaving Roseanne alive, etc?
Conceived under extraordinary circumstances in the fallout of Roseanne's abrupt cancellation following star Roseanne Barr's controversial Valerie Jarrett tweet, The Conners has the difficult task to live up to the legacy of the mothership series while building a complete and satisfying new show without Barr whose character had been at the heart of the original. The stakes couldn't be higher for tomorrow night's premiere of The Conners, the Roseanne spinoff series starring John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.
Regardless of the circumstances, which will be revealed in The Conners premiere, the series will feature the rest of the Conners clan picking up the pieces as they carry on with their blue-collar lives in Lanford, Illinois. ABC has kept the fate of Roseanne Conner under wraps though Goodman had let slip in an interview that the character has been killed off, and Barr herself suggested in an interview that the cause of death was opioid overdose.
The Conners debuts Oct. 16 at 8 PM.” />
HELFORD: We wrestled with many alternatives, but finally decided the Conners should remain in Lanford and deal with the absence in a way that was honest and respectful to the mother they loved so much.
A lot will happen in 10 episodes. HELFORD: It’s not really a surprise, but I think most viewers will be satisfied with the Conners’ ability to move forward with their lives, often in unexpected ways.
HELFORD: We avoided the divisiveness by just making sure the fans of the show would find all the elements of the show they love intact: the struggle of a working class family, the honesty of the emotions a situation like this would evoke, and the humor that has carried the Conners through all their trials and tribulations.
DEADLINE: How did you balance trying to appeal to both fans of Roseanne and its former star and those who oppose her views and don't want the new series to be associated with her?
DEADLINE: What would viewers be most surprised about The Conners?
DEADLINE: What was the hardest part about making The Conners?
I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.” When talking about the new iteration of the series and his character Dan, the drywall contractor who played Roseanne's husband in the original series and revival, told the publication "“It’s an unknown.
ABC described Barr’s comment as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values” and axed the series as it was going into production on its second season. ABC has not confirmed how Barr would be written off the show, which the network abruptly canceled after Barr's racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to Barack Obama.
Along with Goodman as Dan, Laurie Metcalf (“Jackie”), Sara Gilbert (“Darlene”), Lecy Goranson (“Becky”) and Michael Fishman (“D.J.”) will reprise their Conner characters.” /> The Conners will feature the rest of the Roseanne revival cast.
John Goodman did not go into detail but confirmed to The Sunday Times Roseanne Barr's character will be killed off in the upcoming The Conners spinoff.
– grapple with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Barr has no financial or creative involvement in the new series after reaching a settlement with series producer Tom Werner. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails. ABC has described Barr's exit only as “a sudden turn of events.” 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.