'The Conners': Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis Join 'Roseanne' Spinoff

Life goes on without Roseanne Barr.
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Life will indeed go on for ABC's Roseanne Barr-less Roseanne spinoff The Conners.

Juliette Lewis announced Tuesday that she has joined the ABC multicamera comedy, which will also welcome back star Johnny Galecki to reprise his role as David.

Lewis is said to be playing Blue, the girlfriend David told Darlene (Sara Gilbert) about during last season's Roseanne revival.

It's unclear if Lewis and Galecki will be in one or more episodes. For his part, Galecki is also juggling production duties on the final season of CBS' The Big Bang Theory. While Big Bang is created by Roseanne alum Chuck Lorre, the production last season was not willing to part with its leading man for more than one episode. (The Conners is also produced by a rival studio, which further complicates Galecki's appearance.)

The news comes after The Conners added a new series regular to its central cast.

Relative newcomer Maya Lynne Robinson (Mom) is taking over the role of DJ's (Michael Fishman) wife and Mary's (Jayden Rey) mother, Geena Williams-Conner, replacing Xosha Roquemore in the role. The character was first introduced in a 1996 episode of the original comedy.

The Conners will premiere in October. Barr's central character will be killed off after struggling with an opioid addiction, the fired actress said.


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