Tuesday, April 23, 2024

How ABC Deals with Roseanne’s Character on “The Conners”: She Will Die from an Opioid Overdose


Roseanne Conner is getting killed off from “The Conners” in the worst way possible: she’ll die of an opioid overdose.

Roseanne Barr, her portrayer, revealed the cause of death on a YouTube interview over the weekend. “There’s nothing I can do about it,” she says. “It’s done. It’s over.”

Even though I disapproved of Roseanne’s Valerie Jarrett tweet, and her  behavior since then, this seems unnecessarily harsh. Roseanne Conner doesn’t die a hero, or bravely fighting a disease. It’s a cruel end.

Barr says in the interview that the death and the treatment of the Conner family is “insulting.”

The plan is to discuss the death for 10 episodes. By week 2, the fans should be gone. “The Conners” already feels like “AfterMASH,” a sequel that should not exist. “Archie Bunker’s Place” also felt like a nasty and caustic coda to “All in the Family.” These sequels are pointless without their central characters. Just ask Cloris Leachman about “Phyllis.”

So don’t be surprised if “The Conners” doesn’t get renewed. The first couple of weeks will be big out of curiosity. Then– sounds kind of dismal.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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