When The Conners does premiere on ABC a little later this year, it’ll be doing so with a brand-new opening.
If you watched Roseanne with any regularity, there is a good chance that you’re very familiar with their iconic opening. The theme for The Conners may or may not be set at the kitchen table, but it will probably be familiar in some way.
Speaking per TVLine, show executive producer Bruce Helford made it clear that “there will certainly be a new opening … And you will see it in the first episode.” What’s also notable here is that the opening “won’t be at the beginning of the episode … It will be somewhere in the episode. And you’ll know it when you see it.” Why mix things up like this? That’s a question that we are left to wonder mostly because sitcoms are often successful based, first and foremost, on the form that they follow. They have an established pattern that they often stick to and it’s not all that often you see them deviate from that.
Yet, at the same time the placement of the theme within the premiere may be just a one-time occasion, something that is designed mostly to not interrupt the flow of the story itself. One of the big things to remember with The Conners is that they’re going to have to find a way to write out Roseanne — with that, there may be some emotional moments in the episode and a theme-song could distract from them. No matter what you feel about Roseanne Barr as a person, the character was an integral part of the story and her family is likely going to wrestle with some hard times over her loss — especially if she’s dead, which seems to be the prevailing theory.
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