There are many new shows coming out this fall and a handful of them will be familiar to viewers.
At least four are continuations or reboots of shows that have been canceled in the past.
“Charmed,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Roswell” all appear to be updated and somewhat diversified versions of the original series.
“The Rookie,” which will star Nathan Fillion, has some “Castle” undertones.
Granted, he isn’t a successful writer in this series. He does, however, enter the police force as a middle-aged man — seemingly the result of what could be a midlife crisis.
But the “new” show I keep coming back to is “The Conners.”
Most people probably are familiar with the rise and fall of the newest season of “Roseanne.” Just as a recap, the original series ran from 1988 to 1997.
It starred Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Gilbert and several other actors who became household names because of the series.
The show followed the lives of a working-class family that survived the rigors of everyday life by ordinary means.
For the average American, the show mirrored some aspects of their everyday lives, making it all that much more relatable.
Last year, the show aired on ABC for the first time in 20 years. It was met with rave reviews from fans, but from critics, there was a mixture of reactions.
However, the show was set to be renewed, prior to a series of controversial tweets from Roseanne Barr. Without getting into the dirty details, the show was pulled from the schedule.
The network later reconfigured and renamed the show. “The Conners” looks to be a sure thing, but no details are available other than the fact that Barr will not be involved in the show.
I don’t want to get into the politics of what happened with Roseanne — the show or the actress. What I would like to focus on is the need for a show that is relatable to “average people.”
There was a sense of “home” to the show — the Conners lived in the same home, with much of the same furniture and décor that existed when the original series was canceled in 1997.
But the thing “Roseanne” always did best was dealing with real-life issues in an authentic manner.
Whether it be the loss of a job and the resulting financial difficulties, an unplanned pregnancy, an abusive relationship or the simple trials of raising kids, the issues were met head-on.
My hope is that doesn’t change with this transition to “The Conners.” In fact, I hope the show continues to grow and change with the times.
Season 10 of “Roseanne” began to do that, and I think that with more time, it would have been highly successful at doing so.