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'The Conners' Season 2 Is Out to Prove Sitcom Revivals Have Staying Power

 
 
 
'The Conners' Season 2 Is Out to Prove Sitcom Revivals Have Staying Power

“Roseanne” is long gone, but is “The Conners” here to stay? That’s the question ABC looks to answer with a definitive yes when its “No. 1 new comedy” returns for what will officially be its second season. Unofficially, of course, this is the third season featuring the Conner clan, including the 2017 “Roseanne” revival (which was a massive success until Roseanne Barr tweeted herself out of millions). The 2018 patch-job kept everyone but Barr, killing off her matriarch in the hopes of saving a high-rated show, and it worked — kind of. Total viewers hit upwards of 13 million when “The Conners” first premiered, but dipped to just under 9 million by season’s end. Even the low-end of those numbers tops the average for ABC’s next highest-rated series, so here we are: Season 2(ish)!

But a funny thing has been happening to recent sitcom revivals. While plenty are still being made, developed, and considered, even the initial hits have dropped out of favor. After years and years of demand, “Arrested Development” limped to a close with a widely ignored Season 5.5 this March. “Fuller House,” one of the earlier sitcom revivals during the latest craze of reboots, quietly ended its run after four seasons on Netflix. And while negative reviews certainly dampened the party for those two, “Will & Grace” received steady acclaim when it returned in 2017, pulling in three Golden Globe nominations, seven Emmy nods, and two Emmys wins for its first two revival seasons.

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