‘The Conners’ To Have Live Premiere for Season 4

by Joe Rutland

Some pretty interesting news about ABC sitcom “The Conners” popped up on Thursday. Its Season 4 premiere will be shown live to its fans.

According to TV Line, the show, which stars John Goodman and Sara Gilbert among others, will be doing a live show from its set on Sept. 22. “The Conners” did a live show for its audience in Season 2. Now, this episode will be live for both East Coast and West Coast viewers.

Also, ABC said that the network launched the “You Can Be a Conner” sweepstakes. ABC said the show’s fans could be part of a virtual appearance. The network said that “a Conner family member will call each lucky sweepstakes winner for a live conversation regarding how they deal with some of the same life issues that the Conners navigate on a daily basis.”

‘The Conners’ Rose Out From The Ashes Of ‘Roseanne’

“The Conners” has been part of the network for what is going into its fourth season. The show came out of the remnants of “Roseanne,” which was coming back to ABC with star Roseanne Barr. But Barr made some comments that didn’t sit well with ABC and she was fired.

So the network and that show’s producers reworked it to present a new sitcom. While it is new, those “Roseanne” fans could see the Conners in a different show.

Goodman plays Dan Conner and Gilbert plays daughter Darlene on the ABC sitcom. They join fellow cast members Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, and Katey Sagal for this upcoming fourth season.

Jason Alexander Will Appear In Two Episodes Of ABC Sitcom

So what takes place in Season 4 is still in the works. “The Conners” show will involve another sitcom legend in Jason Alexander.

Alexander will play in a two-episode sting on “The Conners” as Pastor Phil.

He’s going to be introduced when Darlene and Becky decide to seek spiritual guidance. The sisters do this by attending an AA meeting.

What Alexander is going to reportedly do with Pastor Phil is that he uses humor to tend to his church members.

Obviously, Alexander is well known for playing George Costanza on “Seinfeld.” It was a take on comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s life in New York City. While that is a general description of the NBC sitcom, “Seinfeld” was really about “nothing.”

No word on when those episodes will appear on ABC with Alexander. But this is going to be another chance for him to put distance between himself and that character. In some cases, the actor has probably been typecast as one role.

But the Conners started appearing in its original show, “Roseanne,” on ABC in the 1990s. About the same time, “Seinfeld” was scoring big ratings for NBC.