The fact that 'The Conners' exists as a TV show at all is unusual - and of course, it's all because of Roseanne Barr's inability to keep her mouth shut and stay away from Twitter with her contentious opinions.

However, there's no chance whatsoever of the actress making any sort of Lazarus-style comeback in the show she inadvertently helped to create, as by the time 'The Conners' airs this autumn, the character of Roseanne will be dead.

John Goodman confirmed the plot detail of the 'Roseanne' revival spin-off in an interview with The Sunday Times, when asked about how his character, Dan, might approach the new series. "It’s an unknown,” he said. “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”

Goodman also said that he was 'depressed' following the hit show's cancellation earlier this summer, following Barr's 'racist tweet' scandal. "I was broken-hearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go,'” he said. “But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”

'The Conners' is set to debut on ABC in October.