When The Conners debuts next month, it will be without another Roseanne Season 10 star.
ABC confirmed Friday afternoon that Xosha Roquemore, who played DJ's wife has been recast. In Roquemore's place is Maya Lynne Robinson.
What's more, Robinson is on board as a series regular.
“The little girl that DJ was reluctant to kiss is all grown up. Welcome to The Conners [Maya Lynne Robinson],” the network said via social media of the recast.
Xosha appeared as the character on one episode of Roseanne Season 10, and it was via Skype, so the character was not given a lot to do.
If you watch Roseanne online, you know that Geena was serving overseas, but it seems she will be back in Lanford when the series kicks off in October.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the incredibly talented Maya Lynne Robinson to the cast this season,” said showrunner and executive producer Bruce Helford in a statement.
“Her character 2nd Lieutenant Geena Conner, whom a younger DJ was reluctant to kiss in his school play, comes full circle as his wife and Mary’s mother, bringing back a little piece of Conner history."
"Yet, while Geena is no stranger to the family, viewers old and new will enjoy seeing how her ‘military-style’ discipline meshes with the Conners’ more laid-back attitude.”
ABC ordered The Conners in June, weeks after the network opted to cancel Roseanne following a racist tweet from Roseanne Barr.
“The Conners stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter, and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC shared in a statement of the new series.
In support of their new series, cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman said, in a joint statement:
“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and its clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts but in the hearts and homes of our audience.
"We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today.
"We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”
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