ABC’s made it official: The Conners has been renewed for a second season. The announcement was made by ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke who stated, “We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family. This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.”
Season one of the rebranded Roseanne minus Roseanne Barr comedy drew in 9.5 million viewers on average, upping the time slot year over year by 33% in total viewers. It also gave the network its highest ratings in the Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT spot over any entry there in the past five years.
Season one of The Conners starred John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner, Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner, and Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy. Matthew Broderick, Juliette Lewis, Katey Sagal, Mary Steenburgen, Justin Long, Jay R. Ferguson and Sarah Chalke appeared in guest starring roles. Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson, and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell also showed up in the first season.
The Conners is executive produced by Tom Werner, Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez.
“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. The family prevails through it all – the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance.”