ABC on Wednesday released the first batch of photos from the series premiere of Roseanne offshoot The Conners. Among them is the above group shot, which captures what looks like a particularly heavy moment between Dan, Jackie, Darlene and Becky.
The premiere synopsis hints at doom for Roseanne Conner. In the episode, titled “Keep on Truckin'” (airing Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8/7c), “a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.” Series star John Goodman previously hinted at a killer premiere twist involving his longtime TV wife (which you can read about here).
Additional photos from the spinoff’s debut feature various members of the family in Dan and Roseanne’s kitchen. Dan toasts grandson Mark as he does his homework, and Darlene and Becky pay off some bills. Another picture features a sea of (condolence?) casseroles on the counter behind Jackie and Darlene.
As previously reported, The Conners will serve as a direct continuation of the one-and-done Roseanne revival, which was cancelled in May after a racist tweet that led to Barr’s firing. The rest of the series’ cast is returning, including Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky), Michael Fishman (D.J.), Emma Kenney (Harris), Ames McNamara (Mark) and Jayden Rey (Mary) — all of whom were first seen back on set in a photo first shared on Aug. 31.
Peruse the attached gallery for your first glimpse at The Conners, then hit the comments with your reactions.