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ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff 'The Conners' without Roseanne Barr
ABC has ordered a spinoff of Roseanne without actress Roseanne Barr after the show was canceled when she made a racist post on Twitter in May.

The network gave a 10-episode series order for a spinoff titled "The Conners" that will star original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman and air in the 8 p.m. Tuesday time slot Roseanne was scheduled to occupy this fall, Variety reported.

"The Conners' stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago," an ABC representative said.

Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez will serve as executive producers on the spinoff and additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced at a later date.

Goodman, Gilbert, Metcalf, Goranson and Fishman issued a statement thanking fans for showing a "tremendous amount of support" for the show.

"It's clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience," the statement said. "We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter."

Roseanne was canceled May 29 after Barr tweeted comments about former adviser to then-President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett, which ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said were "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."

Barr also issued a statement regarding the spinoff Thursday.

"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne. I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved," she said.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to host Comedy Central Bruce Willis roast
Snowden and The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt will preside over the Comedy Central roast of Bruce Willis, which is to be taped at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles July 14.

The show is slated to air on the cable network July 29. The celebrities who will take turns mocking Willis are expected to be named later.

A teaser Thursday shows Willis engaged in an insult smackdown with comedian Jeffrey Ross, a Comedy Central roast fixture.

Gordon-Levitt and Willis co-starred in the 2012 sci-fi movie Looper.

"I've looked up to Bruce my whole life. I was genuinely honored to work alongside him and, in essence, PLAY him when we made Looper together," Gordon-Levitt, 37, said in a statement. "He has treated me with absolutely nothing but warmth and kindness. And, so, I look forward to mercilessly making fun of him on TV."

Willis, 63, is known for his performances in the Die Hard and Look Who's Talking film franchises, as well as the TV show Moonlighting. His other big-screen credits include Pulp Fiction, Death Becomes Her, 12 Monkeys, The Sixth Sense and Armageddon.

Subjects of previous Comedy Central roasts include Rob Lowe, Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and William Shatner.

"You are special, but the most important thing is that you're relevant."
--Zach Galifianakis, to Cardi B after she crashes his interview with Jerry Seinfeld, on his intentionally awkward talk show Between Two Ferns

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MTV forms new studio, announces revivals of what classic programs?

Kim Raver, Alyssa Milano team up for Lifetime movie 'Tempting Fate'
24 and Grey's Anatomy actress Kim Raver is executive producing a trilogy of Lifetime movies based on novels by Jane Green.

Raver is also making her directorial debut with Tempting Fate, the first film in the series. Charmed alum Alyssa Milano stars in the romantic drama about a married mom who jeopardizes her happy home life by becoming involved with a younger man.

The other Green novels Raver is working to bring to the small screen are To Have and to Hold and Family Pictures.

The 2019 projects were announced Thursday by Tanya Lopez, executive vice president of movies, limited series and original movie acquisitions for Lifetime and LMN.

"Having been a massive fan of Jane's books, it's a dream come true for me and my producing partners to be able to bring these powerful female-centric stories to fruition at Lifetime!" Raver said in a statement. "I'm incredibly grateful to Tanya for championing this trilogy for us and giving me the opportunity to have my directorial debut!"

New 'Ninja Turtles' reboot film in development at Paramount
Paramount is developing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that will relaunch the studio's movie franchise based on the popular crimefighters.

Paramount has tapped screenwriter Andrew Dodge to write the script that will reboot the series following the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2014 and its sequel, 2016's Out of the Shadows, Variety reported.

Dodge is known for penning 2014 comedy Bad Words starring Jason Bateman who also directed the film.

Filmmaker Michael Bay will be returning to produce the project under his Platinum Dunes banner alongside Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

The Ninja Turtles are also set to be rebooted on television with a new animated series featuring a different take on the iconic heroes in a half-shell arriving on Nickelodeon in September. The voice cast includes Ben Schwartz as Leonardo, Kat Graham as April O'Neil, Josh Brener as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith as Michelangelo, Omar Miller as Raphael and Eric Bauza as master Splinter along with WWE star John Cena as a new villain named Baron Draxum.

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MTV forms new studio, announces revivals of what classic programs?

MTV has announced the launch of a new production studio that will develop revivals based on the network's classic programs, such as Daria and The Real World.

The full slate of shows MTV Studios has announced include a reimagining of animated sci-fi series Aeon Flux from Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis and executive producer Gale Anne, the return of the Emmy-winning makeover series Made and two original reality programs: The Valley, about a group of friends in Arizona, and MTV's Straight Up Ghosted, which will follow young people confronting lost friends, family members and lovers.

Daria, the animated adult sitcom that ran from 1997 to 2002, will be returning as Daria & Jodie. Grace Edwards (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Inside Amy Schumer) is writing the series. The Real World will return with its classic format intact, which involves seven strangers living in a house together.

Daria & Jodie, The Real World and Aeon Flux are being pitched to streaming platforms such as Hulu, Netflix and Apple, Deadline reported.

"Things that are in the animation space, things that are in pure music longform, things that are in the teen and high school space - those are the things that we're going to be looking more in the SVOD space. The traditional amplified and louder versions of unscripted reality, we're going to continue to focus on that in cable," MTV president Chris McCarthy said about moving MTV Studios projects to streaming and video on-demand services.

McCarthy also said it is possible for MTV Studios to tackle a reboot of animated series Beavis and Butt-Head and the music-focused Unplugged.