The Conners is on its way; it will soon reach station ABC. A grand sitcom that first came to life sometime in 1988 as ‘Roseanne’ has set a drawn-out journey. After 10 years of immense success, glory, and acclaim, the show went dormant in 1997. Its ghost was always around, wandering off its essence in practically every family comedy that followed it.
Every time a show would use a blue-collar family as a touchstone, Roseanne would breathe its jokes, and ingenuity in it. The legacy always radiated relevance, and the show strongly urged for a comeback. When finally no-show was able to precipitate alike aura, ABC brought back its powerhouse Roseanne in a 13- episode reboot season. The show had only refined in its era of hiatus, and its comeback fetched in such large numbers for ABC that it quickly reoccupied its throne. However, after its lead star Roseanne Barr flung a racist tweet against former Obama Advisor Valerie Jarret, ABC immediately canceled the formidable giant.
The ship sank, but a lifeboat escaped. Few weeks after the highly publicized cancellation, ABC announced its decision to resurrect the dead show as a spin-off series ‘The Conners’, sans Barr. The Conners will hit TV screens on 16th October, and ABC has already teased what this Republican-less show would look like.
After an initial teaser which included the signature Roseanne couch and voiceovers of various characters from the previous season, this new trailer gives full-fledged footage of the fresh scenario. Roseanne is gone, the show does not even mention her. Everything is quite independent of the family matriarch, yet her disappearance is a tangible reality. There is Jackie(Laurie Metcalf) in the right proportions. Jackie, who had trouble setting things straight in her own, miserable life is now the interim mother hen of a clumsy, whacky, eccentric family. The lady who relied on her sister for even her voting decisions, has all of a sudden be burdened over by such colossal responsibilities that have turned her world upside down.
The two ladies Jackie and Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) are trying to arrange groceries against a terribly messed up kitchen. And they have no idea of what they are doing. Pretty realistic reaction from women, if they would ever be made to suddenly step into someone else’s house. The perplexity, confusion, and humor amidst sorrow become the highlight of their profound presence in the Conner house. When Jackie discusses Halloween plans with Darlene, the later replies in a very signature Darlene-ish satirical way which makes us burst into laughter.
In The Conners, Dan is visibly mopey and sad. He has grown slimmer, he drinks too often, and has nothing to look forward to. Goodman; however, does realize that he needs to get a grip. Hence even all his sad sequences leak humor. He gets along with buddies and tries to drink his blues away. But soon, he reinstates himself into his family bringing together everything that has fallen apart.
Apart from all the characters that are coming back, few new names have also been added to the upcoming venture. Johnny Galecki will reappear as David Healy, but this time he is not alone. Playing his girlfriend Blue is Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis. Though much details have not been revealed, it will surely be interesting to watch the two share space in the Conner house. Maya Lynne Robinson, who was only seen in scarce video calls in the previous season, will also join as Geena Conner nee Williams. Geena and DJ are presumed to not be on the best terms, so let’s see if this troubled matrimony curves into something chucklesome. Estelle Parsons and Natalie West will also star as Beverly Harris and Crystal Anderson respectively.