Are the reports true? Here is everything we know about the fate of The Conners after the sixth season.
There is absolutely no doubt that the loyal fans are eagerly awaiting the return of The Conners for its much anticipated sixth season, and many are wondering if this will be the final chapter for the beloved family sitcom which has been a rollercoaster of emotions and unexpected twists in previous seasons, that left one wondering what’s in store for the Conner family, who never fail to keep us on our toes.
Despite all the celebration among the fans about the series renewal, the fandom was hit with unfortunate news which we have to share with you before moving forward! We know that The Conners is one of ABC’s highest-rated sitcoms. Sadly, it looks like the final goodbyes have dawned upon this beloved sitcom, which was renewed for a sixth season on May 16, 2023, and that has turned out to be the final season!
To add more confirmation to this update, in an interview with France 24, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, also suggested that the comedy series is coming to an end, quoting, “I think we may be coming to an end on it, I’m not sure,” he said. Further adding, “It’s lasted longer than I thought we would. It was just supposed to be like an eight [episode] show and out thing at one point, but they picked us up again, and they keep picking us up.”
This interview holds some truth to the fact that the series, which has been entertaining viewers around the world for the last five years, might be coming to an end with the renewal for the sixth season. As executive producer Bruce Helford also hinted that the ABC sitcom could be heading into its last season to TVLine, quote:
“Sara Gilbert expressed to the network that we don’t want to go out without knowing that we are going out with a series finale so we can build to the right ending — and at this point in time, we feel that [next season] is possibly going to be the last season of The Conners.” Helford continued, “I would not [say that] definitively because the numbers were so good this season, and we’ve all had a really great time… but it’s definitely a possibility.”
Right now, it is assumed that it’s just a matter of time before the network confirms these details so that the fans can be prepared to say goodbye to these beloved characters, as the report also indicated that the cast members might be in the early stages of negotiating their contracts before the production of the final season of it commences in full swing and being the secondary to the statistical conclusion that the fans truly deserve to have.
The Conners Season 6 Release Date: When will the series return?
As of writing this, we can confirm to the readers that the potential release date for the next season hasn’t been disclosed, as the sixth season was recently renewed on May 16, 2023, which makes it way too early to disclose this information. Moreover, it will take time to even commence production as the show right now is on a break, usually resuming production sometime around August 2023.
But if we have to predict the potential release date of The Conners Season 6, then it is expected to arrive sometime in the fall of 2023, with the most likely window being sometime around September 2023, with new episodes airing every Wednesday at 8/7c on ABC, which will later be available to stream on Hulu, just like the last two seasons. Of course! This can only happen if the production starts on a proper schedule in order to avoid any longer hiatus and unnecessary delays to the release.
We would also like to mention that, right now, this is just pure speculation! As you know, there is a major ongoing Writers Guild Strike of 2023 happening, which can cause delays in the release of the new episodes as many production houses have to come to a halt and won’t be returning until the situation is resolved as soon as possible. Moving forward, anything is possible, as recently, ABC has also taken a drastic step to put a hold on all production until 2024. So, there’s a chance that the final season might premiere sometime later next year.
Until we get any confirmation, we’ll just have to wait patiently to know what direction the crew is willing to take.
— The Conners (@TheConnersABC) May 16, 2023
The Conners Season 6 Plot: What to expect in the new season?
Not much has been disclosed about the potential plotlines for the next season, but we are certain that the creators will keep it true to the overall plot, which is as follows: “The Conners continue to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford. This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, and Becky — grapples with parenthood, dating, financial pressures, and aging in working-class America. Through it all — the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns — with love, humor, and perseverance, the family prevails.”
The season will also pick up from the final episode, “The Grad Finale,” of the fifth season, in which the viewers see Mark can only invite three guests to his high school graduation.
We see that Darlene is upset when he asks his absent father, David, saying Ben has been a better dad. Louise offers to host a graduation party at the Lunch Box, then contends with everyone requesting different fun activities. Mark eventually realizes how much Ben has done for him and disinvites David. Mark and Louise hold a family graduation ceremony for Dan, Becky, Jackie, and Harris, who either had disappointing commencements or earned a GED. The family then heads to a game arcade where everyone can enjoy their preferred activity.
Dan is officially a graduate, folks! 🎓 pic.twitter.com/m8eLSjikAt
— The Conners (@TheConnersABC) May 23, 2023
The Conners Season 6 Cast: Who will return?
The main cast members from the fifth season are expected to return in the new season with the addition of some new and familiar faces, which are as follows: John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Healy II, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner, Jay R. Ferguson as Ben Olinsky.
The recurring cast members include Katey Sagal as Louise Goldufski, Charlotte Sanchez as Beverly Conner, and Nat Faxon as Neville Goldufski. There can be some additions to the cast if the network wants to bring closure to the plot with previously seen characters. “The Conners” is executive produced by Tom Werner, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez. The series is from Werner Entertainment.
— The Conners (@TheConnersABC) June 15, 2023
The Conners Season 6 Episodes: Where to stream?
The next season is picked up for 13 episodes, with an option for adding nine more episodes!
It has been reported to be a comparatively short season, depending on the potential writer’s strike and how long it would last. To add some fuel to this update, in the exclusive interview with TVLine, Helford added, “There may only be 13 episodes. Obviously, we always want to do 20 or 22 [episodes], but at this point in time, we’re talking about if we can do 13 — God willing — and if we can do more, we’ll do more.”
If we consider it to be the final season, then anything is possible going forward, and we hope that the best course of action is taken for the series to wrap up the plot in a way that isn’t hurried just because it’s the end. We’ll just have to see what happens next. Until then, we highly urge viewers to catch up with the prior episodes in order to get an idea of how the story can be carried forward for the last time with The Conners.
All the episodes of The Conners are currently available on ABC, FuboTV, and Hulu Plus. The show is also available to stream for rent or purchase on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Vudu, with membership plans according to the preference of the users. So, it is time for you to renew your membership plans and explore another genre of TV series and movies from the massive catalog that the streaming service offers its members worldwide.
Moreover, there is no official teaser or trailer for The Conners Season 6 because the renewal was announced a few hours ago, and filming hasn’t commenced for the network to create any new promotional material to reveal some details about the upcoming season’s storyline. In the meantime, we can only urge the viewers to speculate about the possible plotlines of the sixth season.
— The Conners (@TheConnersABC) June 10, 2023
Catch up on the previous seasons if you haven’t already, and let us know what you think of The Conners being renewed for a final season in the comment section.