Kimberly McCullough Directs ‘The Conners’
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General Hospital actress directs rebooted sitcom.
Soaps.com has learned that General Hospital’s Kimberly McCullough (Port Charles’ Robin Scorpio-Drake) is set to direct an episode of ABC’s The Conners. The actress turned director shared a photo of the iconic family kitchen on Instagram with the caption, “YUP.” The Conners is a spinoff of Roseanne and was created for ABC. It debuted on October 16, 2018. The show follows the Conners, a working-class family in Landforld, Illinois who struggle to get by on a limited household income and are forced to reevaluate their lives and face struggles they never have before after a shocking turn of events. The series is produced by Werner Entertainment and Sara Gilbert. Bruce Helford serves as showrunner. It stars John Goodman as father and family head Dan Conner. Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Dan’s sister-in-law. Sara Gilbert plays Dan’s often outspoken daughter Darlene Conner, while Lecy Goranson plays his eldest daughter Becky Conner. Michael Fishman is Dan’s son DJ Conner. All five players were original actors in the Roseanne series and the reboot in 2017. The show also features Emma Kenney as Darlene’s daughter Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara plays Darlene’s son Mark Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey portrays DJ’s daughter Mary Conner, and Maya Lynne Robinson is DJ’s wife Geena Williams-Conner.
The Conners was developed in the aftermath of the cancellation of the Roseanne reboot in May 2018 due to political remarks from the show’s star Rosanne Barr on social media which were deemed racist. Barr stated that former aide to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, looked like a mixture between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. She later apologized, saying the tweet was not meant to be racist, and she thought the woman was Caucasian. Roseanne had originally been renewed second season of 13 episodes, but after cancellation The Conners was picked up for only 10 episodes. On October 26 an additional episode was ordered, bringing the season up to 11 episodes. In the debut episode, it was revealed that Roseanne had died of a heart attack due to an opioid overdose. The character struggled with the addiction to pain pills in the 2017-18 season of the sitcom. Many worried the show could not hold its own without the star, but the premiere episode scored 10.5 million viewers, and though down in its second episode, it pulled in 7.9 million viewers against the start of the World Series. Viewership is still down from last season, which debuted to 18.2 million viewers.
In addition to directing The Conners, McCullough has directed One Day at a Time and Fuller House, both series reboots on Netflix. She’s also been behind the camera for FreeForm shows Pretty Little Liars and The Bold Type. Soaps.com will keep you updated on when McCullough’s directed episode is given a date. The Conners airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM.