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Can there be a "Roseanne" without Roseanne? An overdose of pain pills may be the explanation for the contentious comedian's absence from the Conner dining table, but she still haunts it, at least in the new show's pilot. "It depends. I think people are unique and are individuals and it's unfair to group people so generally".

Of course, the main questions surrounding The Conners isn't what's in them, but rather, what's missing from them.

Goodman, who misses "just sitting around and giggling" with Barr on set, acknowledges that the new show will be different without "that centre of gravity".

"The fact that [the show] was up again and we got another chance, that was the juice for me", echoed Goodman. "I'm exhausted of crying".

"We did impossible numbers previous year, so I don't want to think about that, but if they give us a chance and keep tuning in, who knows?" When husband Dan is offered a free sympathy beer at a bar, he successfully upgrades it from domestic to German.

"She was going to do what she was going to do", he said. "The Conners" now has a 93% Rotten Tomatoes critic score, and critics have said that Barr's absence actually elevates the show. "I don't want to leave this house because I don't want to leave her", she wails. "Who am I supposed to be mad at now?"

The new sitcom revealed the original matriarch had been killed off in the very first episode, after the real life actress was sacked for posting a seemingly racist tweet. Viewers are left with a blue-collar family anxious about bill collectors and military deployments.

Barr faced an immediate backlash from fans and the network, and even though she apologized to Jarrett and her fans, ABC still chose to part ways with the comedian.

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"The Conners" was officially green-lit weeks after Barr posted a racist tweet directed at Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, which resulted in the immediate cancellation of her hit show "Roseanne" before filming began on the second season.

After the premiere of The Conners on Tuesday night - which according Nielsen, was down 35% since it's predecessor-series Spring return - the disgraced sitcom star issued a statement condemning the network for the "grim and morbid" way it said goodbye to Roseanne Conner.

"The emotions are always complex", he added. Thankfully, "The Conners" stays in that tradition. But her death would have to be reverent to the woman who was so beloved by her family.

"I don't know", Goodman said of the reaction amongst fans.

This conversation helps Dan, who has been unable to sleep in the bed he once shared with his wife since she died, find an ounce of peace. The lack of Roseanne Barr, on the other hand, is skirted throughout the episode.

Alicia Goranson and Sara Gilbert play Becky and Darlene on ABC's The Conners. "She was gonna do what she was gonna do", he said.

THE CONNERS - "Keep on Truckin'" - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of "The Conners", airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

"It's not negative or positive", she told us.


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