The Conners are coming back to television minus one major star, as recent news on the show has revealed several actors from the revival will be reprising their roles. The latest big news on that front is that Bruce Helford is talking with Johnny Galecki, and it appears he has plans for the David character to return in the spinoff revival. Nothing is set in stone yet, but if all goes according to plan, viewers should see David in at least one episode of the new series. In addition, The Conners also looks like it will be bringing in David's new lover Blue.
The full details of David's return to The Conners are still being worked out, but Johnny Galecki's other TV series The Big Bang Theory has shown a willingness to lend the actor before. In addition for the potential to add David back into the fold, Bruce Helford also indicated to TVLine the show would 100% introduce David's new lover and companion Blue, so David's romantic choices will at least affect the plot in some way. Darlene learned about Blue when David appeared in the Roseanne revival, and announced he was moving back to Lanford to be a full-time father to their shared children Harris and Mark. With Darlene's character set to take on a larger role on the series, her complicated relationship with David and their co-parenting could become a larger plot point going forward, and Helford says that at minimum Blue will cause "some big complications for Darlene."
Obviously, this all hinges on Johnny Galecki's schedule and willingness to be a bigger part of The Conners. Galecki's limited appearance in the Roseanne revival was primarily due to his involvement in The Big Bang Theory, which took precedence over his guest-starring role. With his obligation to that coming to a close at the end of this coming season, Galecki could have more time to appear on the spinoff down the line, but there's always a question of whether or not that something he's willing or wants to do. The actor indicated earlier this year he'd be down for more appearances, although that was before the news about The Big Bang Theory ending broke. Galecki has been working a hectic sitcom schedule for over a decade now and may want to take a break from that grind before jumping right back into another show.
That's provided The Conners has big plans for Johnny Galecki to begin with, which may not be the case. While David was the most frequent recurring character of Roseanne, this show is meant to focus on the Conner family and presumably not David making up for lost time with his children or bringing in his lover, Blue. That might be ideal for both parties, as Galecki remaining a recurring or guest-star role in the series' future isn't quite the commitment being the star of one of America's top sitcoms can be. Whatever the case may be, The Big Bang Theory ending certainly opens up the freedom for Galecki to be as involved in The Conners as he wants if the show gets picked up for future seasons, which is good news for the spinoff.
The Conners premieres on ABC Tuesday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET. There's a lot of other great things coming to television as well around that time, so be sure to keep up with all the action in the coming months with our fall premiere guide.