8:30am PT by Rick Porter
'The Conners' Renewed for Season 2 on ABC
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The network has renewed The Conners for a second season after the comedy turned in solid ratings during its first run. The Roseanne spinoff is among the top five new series of 2018-19 in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
Season one of The Conners ran for 11 episodes, and sources tells The Hollywood Reporter that season two will be a similar length as several castmembers also have other commitments.
Stars Sara Gilbert (who is also an executive producer), John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Ames McNamara are all set to return. ABC says additional cast will be announced later, but the renewal announcement does not mention Roseanne alum Michael Fishman or newer castmembers Emma Kenney, Maya Lynne Robinson and Jayden Rey.
"We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conner family," ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said Friday in a statement. "This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves."
The pickup does not come as a big surprise, given the show's ratings and the fact that in January, Burke said the network was close to a renewal deal.
The series came out of the cancellation of Roseanne, whose revival had huge ratings in the spring of 2018 but ended after star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. After executive producer Tom Werner struck a deal with Barr to step away from any creative or financial interest in a spinoff, ABC gave a straight-to-series order to The Conners in June.
The show came up well short of its predecessor's ratings, but it still put up a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers (including a week of delayed viewing). That makes The Conners the No. 1 new comedy of 2018-19; it ranks in the top 20 among all broadcast shows for the season in the 18-49 demographic (excluding sports) and the top 30 in total viewers.
Gilbert executive produces the show along with Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez.