The ConnersLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 1:29PM EST
The Conners stars are expected to get another raise with an expanded Season 2
ABC is currently in talks for a second season. According to Deadline, Season 2 would have more episodes than the current season's 11, which was up from the Roseanne revival's nine. John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert each received a raise from $250,000 an episode for the Roseanne revival to $375,000 an episode for The Conners Season 1. Their salary is expected to go up for Season 2.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 1:17PM EST
The Conners is looking good for a second season renewal -- it's ABC's No. 2 show
ABC is "eyeing a second season," according to TVLine. The Roseanne spinoff may have declined in the ratings since its October premiere netted 10.6 million total viewers, but it has become ABC's No. 1 comedy. It is also ABC's No. 2 show after Grey's Anatomy.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 2:28AM EST
The Conners should seriously consider hiring Katey Sagal full-time
"If you were coming up with an actor to step in and play opposite John Goodman, I can’t think of anyone better than Katey Sagal," says Brett White. "First off, let’s just talk about how she–like John Goodman and Roseanne Barr–is sitcom royalty. She was Peg Bundy in the Married… with Children cast, for crying out loud! Her guest-starring on The Conners is a big deal, even removing the potential romance between Louise and Dan. This represents a meeting of the matriarch and the patriarch of the two most controversial family sitcoms of the ’80s, Married… with Children and Roseanne, a pairing that sitcom fans like myself never knew we always wanted. She played Peg for 11 seasons, which spanned the entirety of Roseanne’s run (Married… with Children debuted a year before Roseanne and wrapped a month after Roseanne)."
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
The Conners seems to be missing something -- and it's not Roseanne Barr
The Roseanne spinoff seems to be doing fine, despite falling to a season low last night. "Nevertheless, it is missing something," says Melanie McFarland. "Now that something is not Barr — no, not at all. If the relative success of The Conners in the first half of this 10-episode run tells us anything, it’s that Darlene, Becky, Dan, Jackie and the rest can be watchable, entertaining and relevant to broad audiences without their cackling mother throwing bitterness into the recipe." She adds: "We know these characters as they exist in relationship to Roseanne. Even Darlene, the one many presumed would step into the space left behind by her mother’s death (in the opening credits sequence, she’s the one sitting beside Dan), was at her best as a deadpan counterweight to her mother’s lunacy. "Without that foil, Gilbert’s performance can only do so much to hold our attention. Darlene is too level, too perfectly deadpan."
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 1:45PM EST
The Conners falls a series low
About 6.63 million viewers watched last night's episode of the Roseanne spinoff. The numbers weren't only a low among total viewers, but among demo viewers as well.
Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:23PM EST
ABC shakeup: Entertainment president Channing Dungey is leaving
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dungey, who became the first African American to lead a broadcast network in February 2016 but is most famous for firing Roseanne Barr earlier this year, is exiting her job amid an influx of Fox executives from the Disney-Fox merger. Dungey will be replaced by Freeform head of originals Karey Burke. Dungey has been working for ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment for 14 years. Dungey became ABC Entertainment president after developing hits like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder as ABC's head of drama development. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Dungey "leaves ABC in better standing than when she took the reins, care of added hits including The Good Doctor. Still, the last few months haven’t exactly been great for the network. The Barr-free follow-up to Roseanne, The Conners, is pulling a fraction of the original series’ ratings, and after the seismic blow of (Shonda) Rhimes leaving ABC Studios for Netflix in 2017, fellow network darling (Kenya) Barris followed suit over the summer. Both showrunners maintain affection for and close ties to Dungey." Burke has overseen breakout shows at Freeform including The Bold Type, Grown-ish and Marvel's Cloak and Dagger. "I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed," Dungey said in a statement. "This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment, and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges." As TVLine notes, "the move means that four of TV’s broadcast networks have replaced their top executives just in the past three months: NBC’s Robert Greenblatt stepped down in September, Fox named Charlie Collier to replace Gary Newman last month, and CBS’ Les Moonves was fired after a series of sexual harassment allegations."
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Network TV's new revivals and reboots are doing pretty well: The Conners is among network TV's Top 10 non-sports programs
So far, the "latest crop of retreads" are performing anywhere from solid to spectacularly, according to Josef Adalian. The Conners doesn't have a Roseanne-level audience, but it's among the Top 10 non-sports shows on TV this season. Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, meanwhile, is still going strong on Fox, averaging 9.8 million viewers. On The CW, the Charmed revival is outperforming lead-in Supergirl and other network staples such as Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning. The much-hyped return of Murphy Brown didn't have a "wow" number when it launched to 7.5 million viewers, but it has retained 90% of its same-day viewership. Finally, Magnum P.I. is delivering more viewers than ABC's picked-up rookie dramas A Million Little Things and The Rookie, but it's still below CBS' other new dramas and NBC rookies Manifest and New Amsterdam.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 1:31PM EDT
The Conners delves into "PC crap" with Halloween episode
While the Roseanne spinoff has avoided politics, it didn't mind tackling political correctness with this week's Halloween episode. ALSO: The Conners was up one-tenth of a point over Week 2.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
The Conners have been avoiding Trump, but ABC aired a "misleading" pro-Trump ad during Tuesday's episode
"ABC promised that The Conners — unlike Roseanne — would steer clear of incendiary Trump-tinged political commentary, but it appears the network found a workaround," says Michael Ausiello. ABC has yet to comment on the pro-Trump ad.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Suzanne Somers on ABC Roseanne Barr firing: "I think the network lost big"
“Roseanne is extremely unique, and she’s fearless,” says the former Three's Company star, who herself was fired from ABC in 1980 after she demanded a pay raise. Roseanne Barr, she says, "took a point of view that’s very unpopular right now, so she hit the eye of the storm … with the 50 percent of the country who is pro-Trump and 50 percent who is not...The anti-Trumps won in this case, but really I think the network lost big.”
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
The Conners' premiere ratings rise to 12.9 million with delayed viewership
The premiere numbers were close to the Roseanne revivals's 13.5 million Season 1 viewer average.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 7:07PM EDT
ABC expands The Conners Season 1 by one episode
While Season 1 of the Roseanne revival ran for only nine episodes, spinoff The Conners will have an 11-episode first season.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 5:20AM EDT
The Conners books Rene Rosado to recur as a busboy
The Major Crimes alum will appear in multiple episodes as Emilio, who works at the local Casita Bonita restaurant. "Though he may have some trouble communicating in English, when he speaks his first language, Spanish, he is straightforward, earnest and determined," according to Deadline.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Is the TV sitcom in the midst of a multicamera renaissance?
Will & Grace and Roseanne last season helped paved the way for the popularity of the multicamera format this season with shows like The Neighborhood, The Cool Kids, Murphy Brown and spinoff The Conners.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
The Conners ratings fall 25% in Week 2
The Roseanne spinoff fell to 7.9 million total viewers in overnight ratings opposite Game 1of the World Series after premiering to 10.6 million last week. The Kids Are Alright, which follows The Conners, also dropped in Week 2, falling 21%.