‘The Conners’ Keeps Steady Ratings While Competition Dips

by Matthew Memrick

“The Conners” sitcom stayed strong this past week, bringing in 3.4 million viewers with a 0.5 demographic rating.

In its fourth year on ABC, the show is a spin-off of the longtime Roseanne Barr show “Roseanne.” In May, the network renewed the spin-off show for a fourth season. Last year’s it was the top ABC comedy in total viewers (4.7 million) and the adult demographic (0.9/6).

According to TV Line, ” “The Wonder Years” and “Home Economics” also did well, as did other ABC sitcoms.

Sara Gilbert (also a show executive producer), John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson came back for Season 4.

Theater Named For “The Conners” Star In Progress

According to the Springfield News-Leader, a theater named for former Missouri State University graduate John Goodman will soon be complete.

In April, the school broke ground on “The Conners” star-named theater, and it will become a permanent structure on the Springfield campus dedicated to the arts.

Initially, Goodman came to the school on a football scholarship. He became friends with students-later-stars Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. Goodman graduated from the school in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. In 2013, the school gave Goodman an honorary doctorate. 

In a Facebook video Thursday, the three shows were announced for the upcoming 2022 summer, and tickets will go on sale on May 2.

Goodman Lost Lots Of Weight Before “The Conners”

Goodman’s career soared in the 1980s with television and film roles. He had roles in the 1982 film “Run” and 1983 flick “Face of Rage.” He found success on Broadway as well.

But it wasn’t until 1988 when Goodman his a prominent role on “Roseanne” as husband Dan Conner. He starred on the show from 1988 until 1997 and returned to the show in 2018.

During his “Roseanne” time, Goodman picked up several Emmy Award nominations and won a Golden Globe in 1993. But, at some point, his health became an issue.

According to AmoMama, Goodman worked to give up several bad habits and get control of his health situation.

Though he had always had a considerable stature and played football in high school and college, Goodman told TV host David Letterman that his weight was nearly 400 pounds.

By 2007, he quit drinking, hired a trainer, and committed himself to a Mediterranean diet. He told People Magazine that he works out six days a week and lost 100 pounds at one point in 2010.

‘Conners’ Modest Home Setting Stays True To ‘Roseanne’

According to Below The Line News, the man behind the show’s modest Midwestern home setting is production designer Jerry Dunn.

Dunn has worked to keep the Connors’ Lanford, Illinois setting on par with the original “Roseanne” show since he designed it back in 1987.

While the family living room gets a good bit of focus, the show’s creator, Matt Williams, helped inspire the house look. He brought in photos of his aunt’s Illinois home, and it soon became Dunn’s job to add the colors and detailing in the kitchen.

Dunn also worked on the Netflix show “Fuller House” with past set design for shows like “The Cosby Show,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Blossom.”