Tuesday, April 23, 2024

What Does Laurie Metcalf Know That We Don’t? “The Conners” Star Takes a Job on HBO’s “Hacks”

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Laurie Metcalf may know something we don’t.

Waiting for ABC’s “The Conners” to be renewed for a fifth season, the Tony Award winning actress has taken a recurring role on HBO’s hit show, “Hacks.”

“Hacks” stars Jean Smart and Hannah Einbeinder. It was nominated for 3 Emmy Awards last year. Smart won, and she just won the Critics Choice Award. So did the series. “Hacks” is on roll as the best new comedy of the last year.

“The Conners” is draining out to an end either this year or next. Metcalf has played Aunt Jackie since “Roseanne” began a hundred years ago. She’s also won not one but two Tony Awards and has been nominated for an Oscar. She’s a consummate actress. But on “The Conners” she’s made to act foolish. it’s a payday.

If “The Conners” is renewed, new shows will begin in the fall. This will be right after or during “Hacks” second season. Metcalf — who also has 3 Emmy Awards and several more nominations — could be on two shows simultaneously. And on different networks. Of course, other network actors have taken jobs on prestigious cable shows, but this seems like an eye roller. If Metcalf has time for “Hacks,” what is that saying about Aunt Jackie?

Other guest stars named for season 2 of “Hacks” are Margaret Cho, Ming-Na Wen, and a relative newcomer named Martha Kelly.

PS A sharp eyed Twitter reader points out that Goodman is featured on HBO’s “The Righteous Gemstones.” So maybe they all know something!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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