Friday, April 12, 2024

Candice Bergen, With Oscar Buzz for “Let Them All Talk,” Will Guest Star Next Month on “The Conners”


Holy moly! Candice Bergen will guest star next month on “The Conners.” The multiple Emmy winner from “Murphy Brown” will play the mother of Ben– played by Jay Ferguson. Ben is the boyfriend of Darlene– Sara Gilbert. In the promo, Bergen’s character says the Conner house is “Like one of those places they break into on that program Cops.” She comes from the right side of the tracks, if there is such a thing, in Lanford.

Bergen is currently getting Oscar buzz in Steven Soderbergh’s “Let Them All Talk” for Best Supporting Actress, hanging tough with Meryl Streep and Dianne Wiest. She SHOULD be nominated, as much as Olivia Colman, Ellen Burstyn, Valerie Mahaffey, and Glenn Close, also Yuh-Jung Youn and Amanda Seyfried. Candice’s performance is sublime.

Imagine if the real Roseanne were still on “The Conners.” Now that would have been death cage match! But Candice vs. Laurie Metcalf should be worthy of bumping up the show’s anemic ratings.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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