The Conners: Roseanne's TV grandkids confirmed as series regulars for spin-off
Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Jayden Rey, the trio who played Roseanne and Dan Conner's grandchildren on the rebooted and now-canceled 'Roseanne' last season, are coming back.
Months after 'Roseanne' spinoff without Roseanne Barr, 'The Conners,' was announced, three more stars from the reboot were named to move on to the new series.
ABC confirmed to Deadline that actors, namely, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Jayden Rey, who played the titular character’s grandchildren in the most recent season of the show, will reprise their roles. Also confirmed for the spin-off are John Goodman as Roseanne’s husband, Dan, Laurie Metcalf as her sister, Jackie, and Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, as her kids, Becky, Darlene and DJ. It's been reported that Kenney, McNamara and Rey will play the faux family’s next generation, with Kenney and Mark as the daughter and gender-nonconforming child of Darlene, and Rey as DJ’s daughter, Mary.
'The Conners' follows the massive successful 10th season of 'Roseanne', which aired from 2017 to 2018 but was later canceled because of a since-deleted racist tweet from the show’s creator, Roseanne Barr. Immediately, the President of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey released a statement calling the tweet about former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
The controversy led to speculation among fans about how the show will explain the absence of the central matriarch, and Goodman recently hinted that her character might be killed off. However, the network has yet to confirm anything about the fate of the Roseanne Conners character. But it has been confirmed that the ABC had greenlit the spinoff with five of the six core cast members returning for a 10-episode, straight to series order. 'The Conners' will follow “the Conner family who, after a sudden turn of events, are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”