‘The Conners’ Brings in Maya Lynne Robinson to Play DJ’s Wife

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Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson in ‘The Conners’ (ABC/Eric McCandless)

ABC’s The Conners has signed up Maya Lynne Robinson (creator of the web series HTMAST) in a series regular role for the show’s upcoming first season minus Roseanne Barr. Robinson will take over the role of DJ’s wife, Geena Williams-Connor, in the new season. The character only briefly made an appearance in last year’s revival of Roseanne, with Xosha Roquemore in the role.

Robinson joins the cast that includes John Goodman as Dan, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie, and Sara Gilbert as Darlene. Lecy Goranson is Becky, Michael Fishman is D.J., Emma Kenney is Harris, Ames McNamara is Mark, and Jayden Rey plays Mary.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the incredibly talented Maya Lynne Robinson to the cast this season. Her character 2nd Lieutenant Geena Conner, whom a younger DJ was reluctant to kiss in his school play, comes full circle as his wife and Mary’s mother, bringing back a little piece of Conner history. Yet, while Geena is no stranger to the family, viewers old and new will enjoy seeing how her ‘military-style’ discipline meshes with the Conners’ more laid-back attitude,” stated showrunner and executive producer Bruce Helford.

Tom Werner, Sara Gilbert, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez serve as executive producers. Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, and Bruce Rasmussen are the new season’s writers.

The Conners will be joining ABC’s fall primetime lineup on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT.

The Conners Plot:

“After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.”