It’s official, Katey Sagal has closed a deal to return in The Conners Season 2, and she is poised to make another play for John Goodman’s widower Dan.
The Married With Children alum is reprising her Season 1 guest-star role of Louise, a prior high school friend of Dan and Roseanne’s who moved from Lanford to seek a career in music. Now back in town and tending bar at Casa Bonita, Louise pursued Dan in last season’s 8th episode, but her advances were rebuffed. Given the length of Sagal’s return — she is set to appear in 10 of Season 2’s 19 episodes — it stands to reason that Louise will have more luck the second time around.
“We’re taking it slow,” showrunner Bruce Helford says of a potential Dan-Louise romance. “She wants a relationship. She wants romance. She is not giving up. But Dan is still having difficulty. He’s struggling with whether he would be cheating Roseanne if he does move toward someone else woman. Will he able to find that feeling with anybody else?”
Last January, on the eve of the Roseanne spinoff’s Season 1 finale, star, and EP Sara Gilbert gushed about Sagal’s “amazing” performance, adding that she would “love to have her back” in a then-potential Season 2.
The Conners season 2 will be aired on September 24, Tuesday, with a 19-episode order.
Like Roseanne, the show follows the Conners, a working-class family trying to live their life on a limited household income. After the death of the original show’s lead character Roseanne, they are forced to face the daily struggles of experience in their home.
Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman all actors will reprise their roles from the original series.
Sagal is also known for playing the role of Peg Bundy, different iconic TV housewife, on Married With Children, as well as Gemma Teller Morrow on FX’s Sons of Anarchy (which earned her a Golden Globe in 2011). She also voiced the character of Leela on Matt Groening’s animated comedy Futurama.