Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Roseanne Conner Permanently Replaced by Peg Bundy as “The Conners” Season 2 Finale Finishes in 5th Place Tuesday Night


“The Conners” finished its second official season last night in 5th place for the evening.

The “Roseanne” spin off scored 6 million viewers, making it ABC’s biggest ratings hit for any comedy. But over on CBS, an “NCIS” rerun did better, so did an “FBI” rerun, a new “FBI Most Wanted,” and a new edition of “The Voice” on NBC.

But “The Conners” does better than all the other ABC shows, so it’s a hit.

What may be really daunting for Roseanne Barr, who was forced to leave her show two years ago, is the permanent elimination of her character, Roseanne Conner.

Dan, Roseanne’s husband, is now completely attached to a new character called Louise played by Katey Sagal. Louise debuted last fall, returned in the winter, left, but is now firmly in the Conners household. There’s no doubt that Dan and Louise will get hitched next season. Roseanne the character is now just a memory.

That’s gotta hurt for Barr. Sagal is well known for her role in “Sons of Anarchy.” But she was Barr’s competition for most white trash comedy heroine as Peg Bundy in “Married with Children.” Who could have imagined in the 90s that Dan Conner would hook up with Peg?

Of course, Louise is not half as flamboyant as Peg. She’s earnest and not looking to steal the spotlight. She’s also technically a guest star since “The Conners” is already loaded with Big Stars like John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sarah Gilbert and so on.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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