Tuesday, July 16, 2024

TV: “The Conners” in Unusual Ratings Renaissance May Be Welcoming Back…George Clooney?


“The Conners” has roared back in the ratings, unexpectedly. After making the dreadful mistake of moving the “Roseanne” spin off to 9pm on Wednesdays from 8pm on Tuesdays, ABC wisely moved the show back to 8pm.

And voila! The ratings are up, up, up. This Wednesday, “The Conners” had its season rating high at 3.960 million viewers. That was up 12% in the key demo and over 7% in total viewers. The focus this week was on Bev, Roseanne and Jackie’s mother played by 94 year legend Estelle Parsons.

Now there’s a promise from showrunner Bruce Helford that a male character from the old “Roseanne” show is about to make a return. He won’t say who it is, but the odds are on George Clooney, who was in Season 1 and 4 of “Roseanne” as Booker Brooks, the supervisor/foreman of Roseanne and Jackie when they worked at Wellman Plastics, He appeared in eleven episodes of the series.

Whatever happened to George Clooney and Booker? We may find out soon enough. My guess is ABC will hold that appearance for February, a sweeps month for ratings. Maybe Booker owns Wellman now, or has become a tech tycoon. Clooney is on a roll right now with the hit movie, “Ticket to Paradise.” He loses nothing by returning to “Roseanne” and only gains more fans. Let’s hope it works out!

PS There are some who think Tom Arnold may be the mystery guest from the past. When he was married to Roseanne Barr in real life, he played Arnie. But bringing him back would seem like an unnecessary slap at Barr.

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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