The Conners is the working title of an upcoming American television sitcom created for ABC and is a spin-off of Roseanne. The series is produced by Werner Entertainment, with Bruce Helford serving as showrunner.
The series stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman, reprising their roles from Roseanne. Development on a spin-off began following the cancellation of Roseanne in May 2018, due to racist remarks made by Roseanne Barr on Twitter. The next month, ABC ordered the series and confirmed the cast's involvement. It is scheduled to began airing during the 2018–19 television season.
The series follows the Conners, a working-class family, struggling to get by on a limited household income who, after a sudden turn of events, are forced to face the daily struggles of life in their home in the drab fictional mid-state exurb of Lanford, Illinois in a way they never have before.
- John Goodman as Dan Conner
- Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris
- Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
- Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner
- Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner
On May 29, 2018, ABC cancelled Roseanne, following racist remarks made by Roseanne Barr, who starred as Roseanne Conner, on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to Barack Obama. Some time after the cancellation was confirmed, some news sources announced that the show could possibly be retooled as a spin-off focusing on Sara Gilbert's character of Darlene. Around June 15, 2018 reports emerged that ABC was close to making a deal to indeed continue the show as a Darlene-centric show. Though it is also possible that it will be entitled “The Conners”, and would center around the whole family. The spinoff will only go forward assuming Barr signs a deal to give up rights to the show, meaning she won’t be involved creatively or financially. Barr will likely receive a one time payment in return. If the spinoff happens, Barr’s racism scandal will be addressed on the show.
On June 21, 2018, it was announced that ABC had officially ordered a 10-episode spin-off tentatively titled The Conners, and that it would involve every cast member except Barr. Barr will not be involved creatively or financially in the spin-off.
The series is produced by Werner Entertainment, with Bruce Helford serving as showrunner.