CTV picks up Roseanne spin-off The Conners

CTV has acquired The Conners, the spin-off of this year’s hit revival Roseanne which was swiftly cancelled by ABC in May following a racist Tweet from its star Roseanne Barr.

CTV quickly followed suit and pulled the show from both TV and its digital platforms.

The Conners will anchor CTV’s new Tuesday night lineup with a press release saying Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Gorason), and D.J. (Michael Fishman) “are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before” after a sudden turn of events. Without revealing whether or not Roseanne’s character will be killed off, the release says The Conners will grapple with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America.

“We’re excited to deliver this exceptional spin-off to Canadians who made an appointment with the Conners family in record numbers earlier this year,” said Mike Cosentino, president, Content and Programming, Bell Media.

Roseanne made its Canadian debut on CTV on Mar. 27, drawing 2.2 million viewers and nearly 27 per cent of total audience share, the second-highest broadcast debut of the year behind Young Sheldon

The Conners will air at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. MT, followed by The Kids Are Alright at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 9:30 p.m. MT, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 16.

With CTV’s new Tuesday night lineup, The Voice returns to CTV2, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT, beginning Oct. 16.