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The Conners will be the third iteration of the Roseanne franchise.

Roseanne no longer has any financial ties or otherwise to the franchise that she created. All due to a tweet. The show’s new summary reads something like this: 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. – 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.

With the announcement late Thursday Night, The Conners are already blowing up social media, and it’s being anticipated as as the feel good comedy of the fall. The Conners have taken a similar step as Two and a Half Men did with Charlie Sheen’s downfall towards the end of the series. It was rebooted with Ashton Kutcher, and while Kutcher didn’t necessarily save Two and a Half Men, (Something Charlie Sheen tried to do earlier this summer) John Goodman certainly could headline The Conners, bring them more viewers, and save the franchise! John Goodman you’re America’s only hope.

Credit has to be given Roseanne herself, who fought long and hard to keep the franchise going after her mistake. She wanted to keep the cast in tact and also the staff who worked on her show. The rest of the Conner family are all going to be paid $300,000 per episode. When the show was cancelled last month, the writers were already thinking about spinoffs likely none without Goodman. The sad thing now however, is that all those show revival hopes seem to be dead in the water, at least for now.

John J. Falco