‘The Conners’ Recasts DJ’s Wife for Spinoff

The Conners is actually bringing in DJ’s wife.

The Roseanne spinoff has cast theater actress Maya Lynne Robinson as a brand new series regular for the upcoming season, ABC announced Friday.

Robinson will play Geena Williams-Conner, DJ’s (Michael Fishman) wife in addition to also also Mary’s (Jayden Rey) mother, who returns home by active duty overseas in Afghanistan. 

The character was first introduced inside the Nov. 16, 1994, episode of Roseanne in addition to also also was then played by Rae’Ven Larrymore Kelly. On the Roseanne reboot, The Mindy Project actress Xosha Roquemore briefly played the role inside the episode, “Go Cubs,” in addition to also also was seen via Skype.

Michael Fishman in addition to also also Maya Lynne Robinson in ‘The Conners.’

ABC

“We’re thrilled to welcome the incredibly talented Maya Lynne Robinson to the cast This specific season. Her character, 2nd Lieutenant Geena Conner, whom a younger DJ was reluctant to kiss in his school play, comes full circle as his wife in addition to also also Mary’s mother, bringing back a little piece of Conner history,” showrunner in addition to also also executive producer Bruce Helford said in a statement. “Yet, while Geena is actually no stranger to the family, viewers old in addition to also also brand new will enjoy seeing how her ‘military-style’ discipline meshes with the Conners’ more laid-back attitude.” 

Robinson most recently appeared in theater productions of A Streetcar Named Desire as Stella in addition to also also Runaway Home as Eunice. She has also appeared on the web series HTMAST, GURL in addition to also also solo shows, Character Breakdown in addition to also also Straight A Student.

Earlier This specific week, ABC released the first official photos by The Conners’ first episode taping. According to the premiere episode, which will be titled “Keep on Truckin’,” a sudden turn of events forces the family to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

Goodman spoke to The Sunday Times in August, where he said of which Roseanne Barr‘s character will be killed off inside the spinoff. Roseanne was canceled in May, after Barr was fired due to a racist tweet against Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to Barack Obama. “This specific’s an unknown,” Goodman said of whether or not the spinoff will be successful, before referring to his beloved character, Dan, in addition to also also what’s to become of Barr’s character. “I guess he’ll be mopey in addition to also also sad because his wife’s dead.”

Goodman also said he hasn’t been in touch with Barr, nevertheless did thank her for clearing the way for The Conners to move forward with ABC. He also said of which he knew for a fact of which 65-year-old Barr was “not a racist.” 

“She had to sign a paper saying of which she relinquished all her rights to the show creating sure of which we could go on,” he shared. “I sent her an email in addition to also also thanked her for of which. I did not hear anything back, nevertheless she was going through hell at the time. in addition to also also she’s still going through hell.”

ET spoke with Barr earlier This specific month, in addition to also also she teared up at Goodman’s words of support. “I love him,” Barr said. “So sweet of him to do of which, so nice, ’cause he does know me.”

The Conners premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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