ABC may have cut ties with Roseanne Barr, but the network is all-in on The Conners. The Roseanne spin-off's early Season 2 renewal was already a vote of confidence by ABC, and on Tuesday the network revealed it was hoping for a largely expanded episode count for the new season as well.
During ABC's Upfronts presentation, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke revealed that while they were still in talks about the exact number of episodes, ABC is planning for Season 2 to have "quite a few more, around a full season." The Conners' first season only had 11 episodes, and a typical full season of broadcast television has between 22 and 24. If The Conners' super-sized episode count is as high as ABC desires, that means fans will be getting approximately double the episodes for the sitcom's sophomore run.
The Conners stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman as the characters they originated in Roseanne. The ensemble had reunited for a revival of the Roseanne, which debuted on ABC in March 2018, but the series was canceled after its star, Barr, made a racist remark on Twitter. The decision was then made to re-tool the revival and turn it into a spin-off, which premiered in October 2018 to great success.
The Conners' second season will air Tuesdays at 8/7c this fall on ABC.
Additional reporting by Keisha Hatchett