The Conners reveals season 4 premiere date - with a twist

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Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

The Conners, a spin-off of the now cancelled Roseanne revival, will premiere its fourth season on September 22, but unlike most TV show premieres, it will begin with a live episode.

The second live show of the series, the new episode will see the cast of the sitcom perform live for the East and West Coast broadcasts.

They will be joined by both surprise guests as well as fans, who will make appearances virtually through ABC's 'You Can Be a Conner' sweepstakes, which launched on Thursday (26 August).

Throughout the episode, each family member will call each sweepstakes winner live to discuss the issues that the Conners deal with in the show.

Photo credit: Eric McCandles - ABC
Photo credit: Eric McCandles - ABC

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Showrunner Bruce Helford said of the live show (via Deadline): "We're going to be calling our friends, randomly selected, and talking to them live on air about their lives and how they relate to the Conners and their lives. It's never been done before and it's going to be something pretty special."

This is not Helford's first experience with live episodes, with The Conners going live in season two during the New Hampshire primary in February 2020, and previously staging annual live episodes of ABC's The Drew Carey Show.

Helford explained that he wanted to do a live episode of The Conners in order to take advantage of the "amazing cast".

Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

The network also revealed season four's poster, with the family image as puzzle pieces and the tagline "still putting the pieces together".

ABC has also confirmed that Fred Savage will make another appearance in season four after previously playing Darlene's therapist in season three. Season four will also see Jason Alexander, known for his role as George Constanze in Seinfeld, join the case for two episodes.

The Conners premieres on September 22 on ABC and Hulu.

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