Apparently, ABC has decided that they want as much of The Conners season 2 as they can possibly get.
Following the first season having only 11 episodes, we assumed that the network would expand slightly for a second season, and they did — up to 13. Yet, today they’re apparently set to give you even more installments than that. According to a new report via TVLine, the season is now going to have an impressive 19 episodes, a move prompted by some flexibility in the schedules of stars John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf. (Given the news that Gilbert is leaving The Talk, that may have been an asset in making this happen, as well.) We think that ABC as a network is going to basically take as much of The Conners as they can possibly get, given that we are talking here about the network’s highest-rated comedy and one that pulled in an impressive DVR audience after the fact, as well. While it may not be getting the numbers that it did for its post-Roseanne premiere consistently, it doesn’t really matter.
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Ultimately, we think ABC’s strategy with The Conners is just to enjoy it for however long they can, given that they probably realize that they’re not going to be able to keep the show around forever. These are actors who are all basically legends and at this point in their career, they don’t need to star in a show like this. It also doesn’t have the same contract structure as a lot of brand-new shows, one where actors are signed on for six seasons right away. There’s a lot of storytelling still to mine from these people, so really, we’d recommend that executives just enjoy the ride for as long as they possibly can.
More than likely, The Conners season 2 will premiere on late September and with the longer episode run, it could very well run into March. At that point, ABC could make way for another sitcom to run through the remainder of their season. (There’s obviously going to be a lot of time for them to think about that, so there’s no reason to hurry anything along there for the time being.) We should note that it’s going to have a different show following it this year in Bless This Mess — ABC made a bold attempt with The Kids Are Alright, but for one reason or another, that just didn’t end up working.
While you wait for more of The Conners…
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