Darlene’s baby on roseanne

Harris Conner Healy, played by actress Emma Kenney, is all grown up since we first met her in the original Roseanne series. In Season 9, Darlene’s daughter was introduced to fans as a premature baby who was fighting for her life.

In a resurfaced clip from the “Miracle” episode, the women of the family are all gathered in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the hospital with the ailing baby. They each take turns holding the newborn and say a few touching words.

When it’s Darlene’s turn, she stares right into her daughter’s face and says, “We really want you to stay with us. I mean, we’ve got all the generations of women in the family here.”

It then suddenly dawns upon Darlene that her child’s name should be an embodiment of her strong female support system. “I just thought of what your name should be … Harris Conner Healy,” she says.

On the show, Harris is Roseanne’s maiden name, and the last name she shares with her sister Jackie Harris and her mother Bev Harris — all of whom are featured in the emotional scene.

Conner of course is Darlene’s last name, and Healy is Harris’ dad David’s last name.

Even though the original Roseanne series has been off the air for 11 years, die-hard fans still remembered this poignant scene when the series returned. “I cannot believe that I actually remembered that #Roseanne and sister Jackie’s maiden name was Harris — thus Darlene’s daughters name!” one wrote on Twitter.

I cannot believe that I actually remembered that #Roseanne and sister Jackie’s maiden name was Harris- thus Darlene’s daughters name! #RoseanneReturns

— sleepyMimi (@CherieChenin) April 4, 2018

Nah. Harris Conner Healy – Darlene named her that in the hospital in season nine to honor the three generations of women in her family. 🙂

— Tammy (@tammys85) April 4, 2018

Harris was also the last name of Roseanne’s original executive producer Jeff Harris. According to his obituary in the Los Angeles Times, Jeff produced Roseanne from its inception until 1990. However after reportedly clashing with Roseanne Barr, he announced that instead of returning for another season, he and his wife would “share a vacation in the peace and quiet of Beirut.”

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Early in Roseanne’s original run, it was tough to predict what kind of woman Darlene Conner would one day become. The younger of Roseanne and Dan’s two daughters, Darlene was clearly smart and athletic—but she was also listless and rebellious. She barked—literally barked—at her teacher; she put more effort into mocking her older sister, Becky, than she did into her schoolwork; she didn’t have much ambition beyond, perhaps, becoming a superstar basketball player.

Halfway through Season 2, however, things started to change. When Darlene agreed—mostly under duress—to read a poem she’d written in front of her class, her future began to take shape. In the seasons to come, Darlene would eventually supplant Becky as the Conner child destined for greatness. Becky had school smarts, but Darlene was special; she had an artistic vision, and a fiery ambition to get out of Lanford, Illinois—to do something greater with her life. Over time she became, in many ways, an early emblem of a certain Gen-X malaise: her creative talents were undeniable, and often it felt she deserved so much more than the opportunities afforded her. But there was always a hope that she’d make it.

That’s what makes Darlene’s fate in the revival so tragic. Despite all her promise, the Conner family’s great hope is now unemployed, scared, and lost, without a career, a home of her own, or a partner to help her care for her two children. (Though her ex, David, has sworn he’ll be more present in his family’s lives, actor Johnny Galecki’s ongoing gig on The Big Bang Theory is going to make that promise difficult to keep.) Like the rest of the Conner family Darlene is struggling with problems that face much of America’s working class: few opportunities and even fewer options.

“I thought I’d be a huge success by now,” Darlene tearily tells her mother in the show’s premiere. “I thought I could buy a huge house that I could hold over your head.” As Darlene cried and Roseanne gently joked, it was hard not to mourn the loss of what could have been—and this week’s installment of Roseanne drove home even further just how profoundly her dream has fallen apart.

This week, as the series reveals its title character’s struggle with addiction, Darlene faced a crushing problem of her own. She found herself competing with Becky for the same job: a waitressing gig at a local casino, which comes with full benefits. Darlene passes on the opportunity at first, explaining to their father, “I still want to be a writer. I mean, I’ve gone from novels to textbooks to menus. If I take this waitress job, I’m just giving up completely.“ But as Dan pointed out, Darlene also has two children to think about—so in the end, she goes back to Becky and asks her sister to let Darlene take the position. When Becky protests, pointing out that Darlene at least has a college degree—unlike high-school dropout Becky—Darlene gets glum. “Unfortunately, Walmart has no more openings in their English-lit department,” she tells her sister.

Ultimately, Darlene gets the job—complete with a humiliatingly revealing uniform—temporarily giving up on her dreams in order to support her kids. As Sara Gilbert, who both stars as Darlene and executive produces the revival, pointed out in a recent interview with V.F., that’s a reality many Americans face.

Before sitting down to plot out the revival, Gilbert had a slightly more optimistic view of how Darlene might have turned out. “I thought about her doing pretty well. I never thought she’d be Bill Gates,” she said. Then Gilbert considered the reality of the struggle many people face as they age, even big dreamers—and “it became more important to represent that.” In general, Gilbert said, the goal in reviving Roseanne has been to depict what life is really like for working-class people—not some Hollywood imagination of what it might be.

Actor Biography

Emma Kenney currently stars as the precocious Debbie Gallagher on Showtime’s hit series Shameless. She will also star as Harris Conner-Healy, the daughter of Darlene Conner, on The Conners, the highly anticipated spinoff of Roseanne, on ABC.

Born in Manhattan, Kenney realized her passion for performing at age 4. Since then, she has appeared in numerous national commercials as well as voiceovers, including the hit animated film Epic. In addition to acting, Kenney also has enthusiasm for being behind the camera. She directed her first movie, The New Girl in Town, which was honored as a finalist at the 2009 New Jersey International Film Festival, making her the youngest filmmaker ever to receive that honor. Due to her directorial success, New York Magazine, Fox-5 TV in New York and New Jersey Monthly magazine all featured stories on Kenney’s accomplishment.

Kenney’s upcoming projects include a starring role in the film Robert the Bruce, the story that continues where the Oscar®-winning Braveheart left off.

When she is not acting or directing, Kenney loves playing with her animals, hoping to one day open an animal shelter. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

On Tuesday night’s episode of Roseanne, one of the show’s newest cast members got a big moment in the spotlight. Harris Conner-Healy, the teenage daughter of Darlene, had major conflicts with grandma Roseanne over not respecting her elders — and eventually got caught trying to sell shoplifted clothing on Etsy. The moment was at times both hilarious and deeply moving, and it was a great showcase for 18-year-old actress Emma Kenney.

Fans couldn’t help but notice the ace casting decision, as Kenney looks like the spitting image of Sara Gilbert, who plays Darlene, and acts just like Darlene did on the original run of the series.

Casting of Harris as Darlene’s daughter was perfection!

— Elayne Sheriff (@SheriffElayne) April 4, 2018

you are AMAZING as Harris! Did you study the original series eps? I’m asking cause I realize Darlene is fictional, but you really seem like Harris is her bio daughter. You also seemed to me to nail the moody unhappy teen!!

— Kareninaz (@Kareninaz) April 4, 2018

Emma Kenney is the perfect actress for Darlene 2.0 aka Harris #Roseanne

— Grey’s Love (@GreysGoobleMer) April 4, 2018

@EmmaRoseKenney is the perfect Harris she resembles Darlene and David alot. #Roseanne

— Britt Morgan (@B_Morgan10) April 4, 2018

@RoseanneOnABC Did Roseanne reboot get a look a like Darlene to play Harris or what? #Roseanne pic.twitter.com/PfhYvehlB9

— JBrooklyn (@lajorkm) March 5, 2018

Kenney told Entertainment Tonight that even she can’t get over the practically eerie similarities between her and her TV mom. “It’s so cool! And I love it. It’s like, it’s insane how uncanny our resemblance is,” she said. “Not only do we look the same but I remember — I noticed it at the first table read and every table read … Everybody else was holding a script on the table just flat, and Sara and I were both holding it folded over, so we were the only ones holding it.”

Sara Gilbert and Emma Kenney off the set. Getty Images

In an interview with Good Morning America, Kenney noted that she was born two years after the show ended, so she had to binge-watch the show to get a good idea of who her character is. “It’s kind of funny, my character was technically born two years before I was even born but she’s supposed to be 16, two years younger than me,” she said.

The Brooklyn native is definitely keeping busy with her acting career; she has also played Debbie Gallagher on Shameless since she was 12 years old. When she’s not running from set to set, she likes to keep up with astrology, and even decides what her character’s sign is before she starts playing a character. “I pick a sign for a character that I go out for,” she said on Good Morning America. “Harris is a Gemini, but I play her with a Taurus ascendant, because she’s stubborn.”

— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 4, 2018

Fans of the show will also see the return of Harris’s father, David, played by Johnny Galecki. And though she wouldn’t give up too many details about what happens, Kenney told Us Weekly that Harris isn’t too happy about it. “I think that Harris feels the way any teenage girl would feel if she didn’t grow up fully with her father,” she said. “I think we’ll see her going through issues — obviously her relationship with her father will be a broad issue when Johnny’s character comes back into the show.”

I taught Emma Kenney, who plays Harris Conner Healy in the “Roseanne” reboot, how to Skip-It

Last week, Emma Kenney showed up at HelloGiggles HQ wearing a bright yellow flannel with high-waisted blue denim.

“You look exactly like Darlene,” I said, probably without even saying “hi” because I’m awkward as hell. Darlene is Roseanne Conner’s daughter on the ABC show Roseanne, and Emma plays Darlene’s daughter, Harris, in the reboot that premiered on March 27th (with bonkers high ratings, no less).

After talking about how Emma was born to play Darlene’s daughter (the resemblance is scary-striking), the two of us walked over to the studio, where cameras and two original Skip-Its that our executive editorial video producer, Dan, bought on Ebay, were set up. The Skip-It counters were broken and they were both a little dinged up, but they still worked, and I was determined to show Gen Z teen Emma Kenney how to use the toy. If we were going to discuss a popular ’90s show, we also might as well play with a popular ’90s toy. That’s how logic works, right?

When I asked what we should expect of Harris, Emma told HG that her character “has a lot of Darlene’s dry wit sense of humor, she’s very deadpan. But then she’s also got a lot of Roseanne’s savageness and quick one-liners.”

And if you first fell in love with Emma on Shameless, where she plays Debbie Gallagher, just know that Debbie has a lot in store for her in Season 10 of the series, as well. “No spoiler alerts, but she had an accident toward the end of this past season, and that’s really sad because was her livelihood…I see her 100 percent finding something else to do, or try to continue welding.” Want more? Watch the full interview above!

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Get your popcorn ready! ABC just announced a bevy of shows they’re rolling out. The lineup includes, something old, something borrowed and something new! It all starts next month with “The Conners,” which will be a special live event.

The live episode will find Mark (Ames McNamara) watching the results of the primary for a school report with Harris (Emma Kenney), who is apathetic to the electoral process and believes money’s influence in politics means real change is impossible. The rest of the Conners share their differing takes on why they all think everyone should vote, including their working-class perspective that you may have to vote for a candidate you don’t love but one that will “screw you the least.”

THE CONNERS – ABC’s “The Conners” stars Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy, John Goodman as Dan Conner, and Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris. (ABC/Andrew Eccles) ABC

“The Conners” is scheduled to air the same night as the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

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Some other shows the network is banking on:

The Brides: The network has picked up “The Brides,” a new drama from executive producer/writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Riverdale,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”), Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television to pilot. Maggie Kiley (“American Horror Story,” “Riverdale,” upcoming “Katy Keene”) is set to direct.

“The Brides,” a sexy contemporary reimagining of “Dracula,” is a family drama with a trio of powerful female leads at its heart. With strong horror elements, “The Brides” is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their nontraditional family.

‘The Baker and the Beauty’ ABC

“The Baker and the Beauty” romantic dramedy premieres on Monday, April 6, 2020. It’s ABC’s compelling new modern-day fairy tale. “The Baker and the Beauty,” will take viewers on a flavor-filled adventure between relatable everyman Daniel and international superstar Noa. Daniel Garcia is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But when he meets Noa Hamilton on a wild Miami night, his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull his family into a culture clash?

MODERN FAMILY – ABC’s “Modern Family” stars Reid Ewing as Dylan Marshall, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Sofía Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, and Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett. (ABC/Jill Greenberg) ABC

“Modern Family” series finale set to air on Wednesday, April 8. Prior to that The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan are ready to say goodbye but not before giving fans one final night of belly laughs. The show is in its 11th and final season. Prior to that YOU have the power to help program an entire night filled with fan favorite “Modern Family,” episodes.

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“American Housewife” moves to Wednesdays beginning April 15.

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“How to Get Away with Murder” series finale set to air on Thursday, May 14. In July, it was announced that season six of “How to Get Away with Murder” would be its last. This season follows Professor Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) class through their final semester in law school – while the deception, fear and guilt-binding Professor Keating to her students proved deadlier than ever. The fall finale ended on a cliffhanger as Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch), who was previously presumed dead, was seen in a flash-forward at Annalise’s funeral, fueling further speculation of “Who Killed Annalise?” The back-half of the season will pick up where the fall finale left off in the present-day storyline.

“thirtysomething(else).” The show is a sequel to the groundbreaking series “thirtysomething,” has received a pilot pickup from ABC. The show will follow an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast reprised by Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston). Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents?

During its original run from 1987-1991, “thirtysomething” quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The series, which highlighted a tight-knit group of baby boomers and their struggles, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.

The “72nd Primetime Emmy Awards” is scheduled to air on Sunday, September 20.

No air date has been announced, but ABC is bringing back the classic TV game show “Supermarket Sweep.” It will be hosted and executive produced by comedienne and actress Leslie Jones. The fast-paced and energetic series follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become a global sensation.

“I’ve always dreamed of being on ‘Supermarket Sweep,’” said Leslie Jones. “Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I’d have to take matters into my own hands. Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!”

Harris Conner Healy, played by Emma Kenney, is the eldest child of Darlene Conner and David Healy and sister to Mark Healy II. She appeared in the last two episodes of Season 9. Harris was born prematurely and wasn’t expected to survive, to the point that her family said their goodbyes to her and braced themselves for the worst. Against all odds, Harris pulled through and was finally allowed home a few weeks later. She returns later in Season 10.

PersonalityEdit

Her personality seems to be a mix of her mother and her Aunt Becky. She has the emotional and sarcastic sides of her mother, but the rebellious sides and brattiness that her Aunt had. Although Darlene is known for being quite harsh and abrasive, she’s overly passive when it comes to Harris. Much of what Harris does is out of her mother’s control. She has animosity towards her mother much of the time, but especially when she finds out what she’s doing with David.

Harris has found herself at odds with her grandmother a lot. She was unhappy to have moved to Lanford, where she felt like she didn’t belong, and has been wanting to move back to Chicago. She’s ready to do anything to get back. She resents Darlene for moving the family there. She makes a few friends in Lanford who turn out to be criminals. They steal and drink illegally, which she does with them. She gets caught while they escape.

She harbors a soft spot for her estranged father David. When he shows up with his new girlfriend Blue and invites Harris (and Mark) to stay with them, Harris brings a boy over to have sex with him. She indulges in marijuana as well as alcohol at times. Harris’ sympathies lie more towards David that her mother or anyone else and hopes for him to take her away from Lanford as well as indulge her. When Darlene is having affairs with David and Ben simultaneously, Harris is especially resentful and Harris begins to lose faith in her mother. Even though Darlene eventually confesses the truth to Ben, Harris soon after decides to move into her friends apartment for the foreseeable future.

List of AppearancesEdit

The Conners
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 #
Season 1 X X X X X X X X N/A 8
Season 2 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 17
Total 25

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 #
Season 9 X X X N/A 3
Season 10 X X X X X X X X N/A 8
Total 11

Harris when she was born

Meanwhile, Darlene removes her daughter from the incubator and lets each of the women from her family (all of whom are from the Harris side of Roseanne and Jackie) have a moment with her. Jackie goes first, and tells a story about how she fell down, and her mother pulled her back up, vowing to do the same for her great-niece. Beverly lets her great-granddaughter grip her finger, and declares she is stronger than she’s letting on. Becky promises to be a good aunt to her niece. Roseanne is the last; she tearfully apologizes to her granddaughter that she had only been thinking of fixing her body, when humans are souls with bodies rather than the other way around. Darlene then takes her daughter back and tells her that she wants her to stay on Earth with all of them, and she has thought of her name: Harris Conner Healy, in honor of the generations of formidable women she is descended from. Darlene kisses Harris, then breaks down into tears—as do Roseanne, Jackie, Beverly, and Becky.

In the post-credits scene, Harris is shown moving on her own and opening her eyes; You then hear a page for the NICU, showing that despite the odds being stacked against her Harris pulls through.

CastEdit

StarringEdit

  • Roseanne as Roseanne Conner
  • John Goodman as Dan Conner
  • Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris
  • Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
  • Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner
  • Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner

Also StarringEdit

  • Glenn Quinn as Mark Healy
  • Johnny Galecki as David Healy
  • Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris

GuestsEdit

  • Dann Florek as Dr. Rudmen
  • Michael Des Barres as Dr. Phillips
  • Rick Fitts as Doctor
  • Lorna Scott as Nurse
  • Lisa Pescia as Nurse #2

TriviaEdit

  • This episode scored 16.2 million viewers and ranked #23 in the ratings for the week it origonally aired.
  • Darlene tells David in the episode “Another Mouth to Shut Up” that they got pregnant at Disney World after the fireworks. The episode, “Disney World War II” originally aired February 27th, 1996. This episode aired February 25, 1997. Darlene has technically been pregnant for almost a year. Additionally it’s said, the baby was born about two months early, which would have been seven months.
  • At the end of the episode, we are shown shots of Harris recovering and living with a version of the song Blackbird by the Beatles playing in the background. The song is not on certain DVD’s, depending on the region.
  • Darlene says that she’s never smoked or drank, and only used drugs once. But she first smoked in “Bridge Over Troubled Sonny”, and then she picked up smoking again when she was living with Jimmy. Also, when it was revealed Darlene had tried drugs, she had done it more than once since she admitted to using acid twice as an example. However, all of these incidents were at least three years before Harris was born.
  • In the ending credits while Darlene’s premature baby is shown, the doctor from London says “Amazing…I’ve never seen anything like this,” proving that the baby lives.
  • Michael Des Barres (Dr. Phillips) previously appeared in the Season 3 episode “Dances with Darlene” playing Leon’s boyfriend, Jerry Gimbel. He later appeared in the Season 4 episode “Tolerate Thy Neighbor” playing another different character named Steven.

Roseanne: Season Nine

Call Waiting • Millions from Heaven • What a Day for a Daydream • Honor Thy Mother • Someday My Prince Will Come • Pampered To A Pulp • Satan, Darling • Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti • Roseambo • Home is Where the Afghan Is • Mothers and Other Strangers • Home For The Holidays • Say It Ain’t So • Hit the Road, Jack • The War Room • Lanford’s Elite • Some Enchanted Merger • A Second Chance • The Miracle • Roseanne-Feld • The Truth Be Told • Arsenic and Old Mom • Into That Good Night, Part 1 • Into That Good Night, Part 2

Season Episode Guides

Roseanne: Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3 • Season 4 • Season 5 • Season 6 • Season 7 • Season 8 • Season 9 • Season 10
The Conners: Season 1 • Season 2

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Although Johnny Galecki’s involvement in ABC’s forthcoming Roseanne revival remains an open question, new details have come to light that suggest his character, David Healy, will at the very least have a strong presence in the eight-episode continuation.

ABC declined to comment for this story, but TVLine has learned that producers — which include Galecki’s onscreen squeeze Sara Gilbert as well as titular star Roseanne Barr, actress-comedienne Whitney Cummings and sitcom vet Bruce Helford — have quietly begun searching for a young actress and actor to portray the children of Gilbert’s Darlene and Galecki’s David.

The news essentially confirms what we strongly hinted at back in May: The twist in Roseanne‘s 1997 series finale that erased David and Darlene’s entire relationship — and instead paired David with Becky and Darlene with Mark — will, in fact, be undone. (The twist in question revealed much of the show to be a figment of the title character’s imagination. It also posited that John Goodman’s Dan had succumbed to a heart attack, something the revival will also gloss over.)

Of Darlene and David’s two kids, one of them — daughter Harris — was actually introduced to viewers in Season 9’s 19th episode, when Darlene delivered the baby very prematurely. I’m told the now 14-year-old hellion will be the spitting image of Young Darlene, in appearance and attitude. Their other child, meanwhile, will be a boy under the age of 10.

The big question remains: Will David have a hands-on role in his kids’ lives? Or will Galecki’s Big Bang Theory commitment force Barr to make Darlene a widow — or even worse, turn David into a deadbeat dad? (Note to ABC and CBS: Please hash this out!)

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ABC’s favorite dysfunctional family is back for another season! The Conners, a spin-off of popular sitcom Roseanne based on the trials and tribulations of the titular family, is back for another season of daily struggles as they navigate modern life in Lanford.

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.

Read on to find out everything we know so far about season 2, including when The Conners premieres, upcoming story lines, and much more.

When did the new season of The Conners start?

The Conners‘ second season premiered on September 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

What’s the plot of season 2 of The Conners?

When we left last season, there was a cliffhanger where Darlene was caught between two guys; that continues. Becky’s baby situation gets complicated. Jackie, as always, is struggling to find herself and kind of finds her sense of purpose. We see Dan progress on his journey to happiness, and Darlene and her daughter Harris get into some drama.

Who is in the cast of The Conners?

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John Goodman (Dan Conner)

John Goodman reprises his role as Dan Conner, a widower and patriarch of the Conner clan. His performance in Roseanne as Dan earned a Golden Globe in 1993. Goodman has starred in a number of films, notably collaborating with the Coen Brothers in movies like Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? He also provided voice work in the Disney films Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, and The Emperor’s New Groove.

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Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris)

Laurie Metcalf plays Jackie Harris, the late Roseanne’s younger sister. Metcalf has a career spanning four decades and has earned three Emmys, two Tonys, and an Oscar nomination. She won all of her Emmys for her role as Jackie during the original run of Roseanne. Metcalf has recently received critical acclaim for her role in the 2017 film Lady Bird.

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Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner-Healy)

Sara Gilbert plays Darlene Conner-Healy, Dan’s younger daughter and a single mother of two. Gilbert received two Emmy nominations for the role in the ’90s. She was a co-host and executive producer on the CBS panel show The Talk from 2010 to August of this year, where she earned a Daytime Emmy Award for her work.

Related: Sara Gilbert Opens up About Season 2 of The Conners: ‘Life Is Never Easy but They Laugh Their Way Through It’

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Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner)

Lecy Goranson plays the rebellious Becky Conner, the oldest child of the family. During the original run of Roseanne, she traded off playing the role with Sarah Chalke while she pursued her studies off-screen. She has also had supporting roles in the films How to Make an American Quilt and Boys Don’t Cry.

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Michael Fishman (D.J. Conner)

Michael Fishman is known for his role as D.J. Conner, the first son of the family. He worked on the original Roseanne from ages six to fifteen. He also appeared as Roseanne Barr’s sidekick on her long-running talk show The Roseanne Show.

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Emma Kenney (Harris Conner-Healy)

Emma Kenney plays Harris Conner-Healy, Darlene’s sarcastic older child who was introduced in the reboot season. She is known for her role as Debbie Gallagher in the long-running Showtime comedy Shameless.

Why is Roseanne Barr not on The Conners?

Originally, the actors of the hit ’90s sitcom Roseanne had returned for a reboot of the series, anchored by the title star Roseanne Barr. The new tenth season premiere was successful, and ABC renewed it for an eleventh season. But when Barr made comments on Twitter likening former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett to the film Planet of the Apes, the network reversed the decision. Roseanne was canceled, but ABC worked on re-tooling the show to not feature Barr. The result, The Conners was announced in June 2018 and premiered later in October.

How did Roseanne die on The Conners?

The series premiere (January 8, 2019) of The Conners addressed Barr’s absence by saying she suddenly passed away. Later in the episode, it’s revealed that she died of an opioid overdose.

How did The Conners do in the ratings?

An estimated 13.65 million viewers tuned in for the premiere of The Conners. The ratings held solid after that for season one, getting at least nine million viewers every episode.

Is The Conners cancelled?

ABC renewed The Conners for a second season on March 22, 2019, two months after season one concluded. It is currently unknown if there will be a season three.

What is expected to happen in The Conners season 2?

The biggest pressing news for season 2 is the arrival of Becky’s baby, which should be sure to add some love and chaos to The Conners. “I have a feeling that, just like with the other kids, it’s going to be the whole tribe raising Becky’s child,” Goranson exclusively told Parade.com. “This means a lot of different energies, maybe some energies that have flaws; but definitely extremely loving energy.”

According to Gilbert, the storylines of the other Conners will continue into the new season. That includes Darlene’s love triangle, Jackie’s search for purpose, and Dan looking for happiness. There also looks to be some drama between Darlene and teenage daughter Harris.

Where can I watch The Conners online?

The Conners airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Fans can watch and stream the show online with ABC’s Go Watch Live and a cable login, or the next day on Hulu.

Where can I find news about The Conners?

We’ll be bringing you news about The Conners throughout the 19 episodes of season 2.

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In the wake of Emilio’s deportation, Jackie steps into the role of a paternal figure and creates a meticulous birth plan for Becky; but as the Conners know, nothing ever goes according to plan. (Becky’s “geriatric” pregnancy concluded in the premiere when she delivered a relatively healthy baby girl — named Beverly Rose.) Meanwhile, Darlene is tangled in a complex love triangle with David and Ben, and—like her mother—Harris is caught up in a problem of her own.

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Examining the genesis of the original “Roseanne,” the executives and producers believed they had found a way to move forward without ABC’s paying Ms. Barr. Although she has been credited with coming up with and shaping the Roseanne Conner character, the creation of the show itself is credited to Matt Williams, a writer-producer who was fired after clashing with the star early in its run.

When “Roseanne” was canceled last month, many television executives expressed doubt that even entertaining the idea of a spinoff was possible. Marcy Carsey, one of the show’s founding producers, recently said she would not try to continue with a similar series.

“I think I would just say, ‘O.K., we had a wonderful run,’” Ms. Carsey said at a television festival in Austin, Tex., this month.

Ms. Carsey’s former producing partner, Mr. Werner, held a different view. “We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family,” he said in a statement.

By going ahead with the spinoff, ABC executives are gambling that viewers will approve of the network’s decision to bring back the Conners and will display an interest in characters who once served as foils to the lead.

A recent Quinnipiac University National Poll found that 48 percent of registered voters agreed with ABC’s decision to cancel the show, and 34 percent said they would have preferred to see it remain on the air. Among those identifying themselves as Republican, 50 percent disagreed with the network’s move.

Other notable shows — like “House of Cards,” “Transparent” and “Two and a Half Men” — have continued without key cast members. And there is precedent for continuing a series without its eponymous star. The 1980s sitcom “Valerie” was retitled “Valerie’s Family: The Hogans” and then “The Hogan Family” after Valerie Harper left during the show’s second season because of a salary dispute. The writers killed off Ms. Harper’s character — it was a car crash — and brought aboard Sandy Duncan as “Aunt Sandy,” the show’s new matriarch.