'The Conners' first look: ABC releases first photos from 'Roseanne' spinoff
'A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before' in the pilot episode of ABC's 'The Conners'
ABC has released the first images from 'The Conners', - its spinoff from the canceled 'Roseanne' - set to premiere on October 16.
The photos (which you can check out below) feature all the original-series and revival regulars (except for Rosanne Barr), including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson along with Jayden Rey, Ames McNamara and Emma Kenney, who play the Conners’ grandkids and were upped to regular roles for the spinoff.
The sitcom continues with the Conner family saga without Roseanne Barr, who was fired from the successful 'Roseanne' revival in the aftermath of her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.
Titled 'Keep on Truckin’', the network is playing things close to the chest and not divulging much. The episode's cryptic synopsis reads: “A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”
There are speculations that this might refer to the death of Barr's character. Last month, Goodman said that he believed Barr's character would be killed off on the show and that his character will be "mopey and sad" because his wife is dead. One of the pictures released by the network shows Jackie speaking with a concerned Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson) and a fairly mopey-looking Dan (Goodman) on the Conners’ front porch, which might also hint at the show explaining Roseanne's death. Take a look at the photos below via ABC.
Inspired by Barr’s own stand-up comedy 'Roseanne', originally aired from 1988 to 1997 on ABC, and is typically ranked among the greatest television sitcoms of all time. It was revived last year for a nine-episode 10th season, which earned high ratings, resulting in a Season 11 renewal before its ultimate cancellation.
'The Conners,' premieres Tuesday, October 16, at 8 pm PST on ABC.