The Conners is likely to be renewed at ABC, as the main cast sign deals to return for season 5. The spinoff of Roseanne, which begins as the matriarch of the family has passed away, has had an eventful and occasionally bumpy ride so far in its fourth installment. The Conners season 4 began with the wedding of Dan (John Goodman) and Louise (Katey Sagal). The show has devoted some of its episodes to exploring the friction between Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and her daughter Harris (Emma Kenney). And, in a storyline that has polarized some viewers, Becky (Lecy Goranson) awkwardly takes a step back into the dating scene.
The spinoff has also been notable for speculation about the show’s future. Back in March, it was reported that the possibility of The Conners season 5 could go either way. That uncertainty was also fueled by other factors, such as the sitcom’s recurring delays between new episodes and the discussion about whether key cast members might be looking to move on to other projects. While not yet official, it looks like The Conners aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet.
According to Deadline, ABC and production company Werner Entertainment are one step closer to renewing The Conners for season 5. Sources note that Goodman, Gilbert, Goranson, and Laurie Metcalfe (who plays Jackie) have all agreed to reprise their roles for another installment of the popular sitcom. However, the exact details are still being discussed. That includes the episode count for a potential fifth season. The Conners season 1 consisted of 11 episodes. The remaining seasons, meanwhile, have all featured 20 episodes.
Unlike other long-running series, the cast of The Conners does not have standard long-term contracts. Because of how the spinoff came together as the result of Roseanne Barr being fired from the revival of her hit sitcom, the contracts of the actors are signed on a yearly basis. Overall, while there have been signs of uncertainty, there have also been reasons to be encouraged about the show’s chances of continuing. Veteran sitcoms like The Conners, with the built-in Roseanne history, require less of a marketing budget than new dramas and comedies. It also performs well in the ratings, having the distinction of being ABC’s best-rated scripted program not to receive a renewal.
With this news, The Conners inches nearer to joining breakout success Abbott Elementary and The Goldbergs on the list of ABC’s renewed comedies. That would allow the spinoff to further dive into the stories of Mark (Ames McNamara) and to continue bringing back memorable guest stars like Christopher Lloyd. Most importantly, it looks as though the spinoff will get the opportunity to end on its own terms rather than the abrupt cancellation many had feared.
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