The Conners are forging ahead without their matriarch and ahead of the premiere of the Roseanne spinoff, ABC has released new portraits of the cast.
The series of individual portraits show John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Michael Fishman as DJ Conner.
In addition, the portraits include the new members of the family: Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner (DJ’s wife), Emma Kenny as Harris (Darlene’s daughter), Ames McNamara as Mark (Darlene’s son), and Jayden Rey as Mary (DJ and Geena’s daughter). The photos are all capped off with a full family portrait of the Conners all sitting around the dining room table.
There has been much controversy surrounding the spinoff which was created without the creative or financial involvement of Roseanne Barr after ABC cut ties with the star and cancelled Roseanne following Barr’s racist tweet.
With so many losing their jobs because of Barr’s actions, ABC quickly moved to save the jobs of the cast and crew by creating The Conners which will reportedly kill of Barr’s Roseanne Conner with an opioid overdose.
Recently, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf spoke out in their first joint interview since the Roseanne cancellation with Goodman asking fans to just give it a chance. “We’re leaning on each other when we do this show,” Goodman said. “And supporting each other — that’s a very strong feeling among us. It’s different, but we can create something new from it. Let us finish the story on our own terms. Come along with us and see how we do.”
The Conners premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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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.