The Conners teaser highlights an empty couch (and little else)

The ConnersABC has just revealed one of their first official teasers for The Conners … though it’s also not giving away all that much in terms of the story.

Instead, what you see in the video below is a very familiar couch; yet, there’s nobody sitting on it. This is a reference to the lack of Roseanne, who is presumably going to be dead (per John Goodman) at the start of this series. There is no real way to write this character out otherwise, given that it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense that she would be off somewhere else without her family.

The obvious question that this promo raises is simply this: What’s next? How do these characters move forward? We feel like the premiere really has to touch on that, but after that it’s hard to really envision The Conners changing itself all that much. This is the sort of series where it really knows what it is and we don’t see it making any real effort to drift from that all that much in a comedic sense.

The Conners is going to premiere on Tuesday, October 16 on ABC, and we know that work has already been done behind the scenes to try to make it a success. It’s easy to imagine that the show will get off to a great start without Roseanne, mostly because there’s going to be a lot of curiosity about what it’s like in the short-term. However, we do think that there will be a little bit of ambiguity that comes after that. What does the audience for this show look like without its biggest star? The quality of the premiere is really going to be one of the most critical things in figuring out the show’s long-term future.

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