Just “Keep On Truckin'” is exactly what the Conners are going to do without Roseanne, and as the premiere date for the spinoff approaches, ABC is releasing more and more on the upcoming series.
Following the sudden cancellation of the Roseanne revival in May, ABC was quick to greenlight a spinoff without Roseanne Barr only a few weeks later, and now fans are getting their first glimpse at the premiere.
On August 31, 2018, ABC released the first photo of The Conners, Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Jayden Rey (Mary), Michael Fishman (D.J.), Ames Mcnamara (Mark), John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Lecy Goranson (Becky) and Emma Kenney (Harris) sitting together, looking very family-like, they gather around the kitchen table, and now there are more!
On Wednesday, September 12, ABC released four more photos from The Conners premiere episode called “Keep On Truckin'” which will pick up with the beloved family after “a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before,” which many assume means Roseanne Conner’s sudden death.
The first photo shows Darlene and Becky sitting together having a sisterly chat while going through paperwork at the kitchen table. The second photo shows Dan and his grandson Mark clinking their drinks together in a cheers. The third photo has Darlene, Becky and Dan standing on their porch with Jackie who seems to be delivering bad news, and the fourth has Darlene and Jackie standing in the kitchen looking amusingly at something happening out of shot.
Although there has been no confirmation on how Roseanne Barr’s character will be written out for the spinoff, Dan Goodman let it slip she will most likely be killed off when he said that Dan will be “mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” with many speculating that Roseanne overdoses on her pain medications.
The Conners premieres Tuesday October 16, 2018 on ABC.
Ahead of the premiere of The Conners, here is everything to know about the new series!
Everything To Know About The ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff ‘The Conners’
12. What Happened?
Although the Roseanne revival should have been entering its second season and its eleventh overall, instead The Conners is airing in its place. Many of course know what happened, but the cancellation came on May 29, 2018 shortly after Roseanne Barr aimed a racist tweet at former president Barack Obama’s aid, Valerie Jarrett. In the tweet Barr said Jarret was like the “offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said shortly afterward. Although Barr tried to rectify her tweet with explanations and apologies, and even “begged” ABC not to cancel her show, there was no chance of the network bringing her back.