‘A Million Little Things’ Gets Back Order, ‘The Conners’ Gets Extra Episode At ABC

The Conners stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner.
ABC has ordered four additional episodes of new fall series A Million Little Things, bringing its freshman season to 17 episodes; and one more episode of new Roseanne spinoff series, The Conners, bringing its run to 11 episodes.
While off from the blockbuster premiere of the Roseanne revival last spring, spinoff The Conners has been solid two weeks in, ranking as the #1 new comedy this season in both L+SD and L3..
Created by DJ Nash, A Million Little Things stars David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, Grace Park, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak, Lizzy Greene and Tristan Byon. Nash executives with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment and James Griffiths. Kapital  produces with ABC Studios.
The episodic order for A Million Little Things comes just days after ABC ordered three backup scripts each for all four of its remaining series with 13-episode orders, freshmen A Million Little Things, The Rookie and The Kids Are Alright and sophomore comedy Splitting Up Together. There is no back order decision yet on the other three, with new comedy Single Parents getting a full-season pickup earlier this month.
Like its predecessor, Roseanne, The Conners was intended for a short run because of its cast members' other commitments. Roseanne had been renewed for a 13-episode second season. The Conners was originally picked up for 10 episodes in the wake of Roseanne's abrupt cancellation.
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NBC's Manifest, the highest rated and most watched new series this fall, recently received a back order of three episodes for a 16-episode freshman season, also referred to as a full-season order. This is considered a full-season order for A Million Little Things as heavily serialized broadcast dramas typically produce 13-18-episode seasons.
Ensemble drama A Million Little Things got off to a modest start in linear Live+same day ratings but quickly stabilized, maintaining the same L+SD levels in Weeks 2-4. Additionally, the mystery drama has ranks #2 in social engagement of the new fall series, according to ListenFirst. The serialized drama also quickly emerged as a major DVR gainer, posting the biggest Live+3 % lift on Wednesday for three consecutive weeks and edging Criminal Minds in the Wednesday 10 PM hour in the L3 demo rankings in Week 2 and 3. Season-to-date, A Million Little Things is averaging 8.0 million viewers and a 2.0 in Adults 18-49, building by +92% from L+SD to rank as the season’s #1 percentage gainer on broadcast TV with total viewers, growing from 4.18 million viewers to 8.01 million after 7 days of delayed viewing ,and more than doubling its L+SD 18-49 rating, jumping by +122%.

‘The Conners’ Showrunner: ‘Roseanne’ Fans “Would Find All the Elements Of the Show They Love Intact” In Spinoff Series

Helford did a brief stint as a writer-producer on the original Roseanne series and has been shepherding both the Roseanne revival as executive producer/co-showrunner and The Conners as exec producer/showrunner. In a brief interview with Deadline, Bruce Helford discusses the challenges of mounting the new series in a very quick turnaround and addresses the high expectations. He explains how the producers settled on what The Conners should be about and how to write Barr off and teases what viewers would be surprised by.
HELFORD: The hardest part of making the show was finding the perspective without the matriarch. Ultimately, each member of the family fills the gap by stepping up in their own individual ways. This is a true ensemble with some of the finest actors who have ever graced a TV show. Honestly, almost all of them could be the leads in their own series.
DEADLINE:  Did you consider alternative setups for the followup series — moving the characters to a new location, leaving Roseanne alive, etc?
Conceived under extraordinary circumstances in the fallout of Roseanne's abrupt cancellation following star Roseanne Barr's controversial Valerie Jarrett tweet, The Conners has the difficult task to live up to the legacy of the mothership series while building a complete and satisfying new show without Barr whose character had been at the heart of the original. The stakes couldn't be higher for tomorrow night's premiere of The Conners, the Roseanne spinoff series starring John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.
Regardless of the circumstances, which will be revealed in The Conners premiere, the series will feature the rest of the Conners clan picking up the pieces as they carry on with their blue-collar lives in Lanford, Illinois. ABC has kept the fate of Roseanne Conner under wraps though Goodman had let slip in an interview that the character has been killed off, and Barr herself suggested in an interview that the cause of death was opioid overdose.
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HELFORD:  We wrestled with many alternatives, but finally decided the Conners should remain in Lanford and deal with the absence in a way that was honest and respectful to the mother they loved so much.
A lot will happen in 10 episodes. HELFORD: It’s not really a surprise, but I think most viewers will be satisfied with the Conners’ ability to move forward with their lives, often in unexpected ways.
HELFORD: We avoided the divisiveness by just making sure the fans of the show would find all the elements of the show they love intact: the struggle of a working class family, the honesty of the emotions a situation like this would evoke, and the humor that has carried the Conners through all their trials and tribulations.
DEADLINE:  How did you balance trying to appeal to both fans of Roseanne and its former star and those who oppose her views and don't want the new series to be associated with her?
DEADLINE: What would viewers be most surprised about The Conners?
DEADLINE: What was the hardest part about making The Conners?

‘The Conners’: Juliette Lewis Joins Johnny Galecki In ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff

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The cast (so far) is Robinson, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Rey.
Juliette Lewis is set for a guest-starring role in The Conners, ABC’s spinoff of its revived-then-canceled comedy hit Roseanne.
Lewis first shared the news on Instagram with a photo of herself seated on the Conners' couch between Galecki and star and executive producer Sara Gilbert. See it below.
Lewis is probably best known for her breakthrough roles in '90s films like Kalifornia, Cape Fear and Natural Born Killers, but she more recently appeared on TV in Wayward Pines and Secrets and Lies.
Here is Lewis' Instagram announcement:
"Look what I'm doin!!" "HERE'S THE BIG NEWS!!," Lewis wrote.
Lewis will appear opposite Roseanne alum Johnny Galecki's David as Blue, David's girlfriend who was referenced last season on the Rosanne revival.
She'll play Geena Williams-Conner, wife of DJ (Michael Fishman) and mom of Mary (Jayden Rey), who returns home from active duty overseas in Afghanistan. News of the casting follows an announcement earlier this month that Maya Lynne Robinson has been set as a series regular.