The Conners star Sara Gilbert surprises five fans of the show by helping pay off their mortgages. Before The Conners, there was Roseanne, ABC’s iconic sitcom about a blue-collar family trying to make their way in America. ABC revived Roseanne in 2018 to great success, and the series was poised to continue its second life with another season. However, following star Roseanne Barr making racist comments on social media, the network opted to drop Roseanne, but keep her family. The Conners premiered in place of the Roseanne revival’s second season and is currently airing its third.
The Conners picks up with the still-struggling Conner family in the aftermath of Roseanne’s off-screen passing. Save for Barr, much of Roseanne‘s cast made the jump to its spin-off, including John Goodman (as patriarch Dan) and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie). The Conners refuses to shy away from current events, tackling topics from the presidential election to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The latter in particular has provided The Conners the opportunity to really dig into how everyday Americans are handling this crisis, both emotionally and financially.
Evidently, that now stretches beyond the show itself. This morning on Good Morning America, Goodman, Metcalf, and Gilbert, who plays daughter Darlene, assembled alongside Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman to share a message for the apparent finalists of a giveaway meant to aid families struggling during the pandemic. The five “finalists” were all gathered via video call to hear the message, but then they received an even bigger surprise from Gilbert herself: They are actually the winners and will all receive $20,000 to help pay their mortgages. You can see the heartwarming moment in the video below.
One of the reasons the original Roseanne resonated with so many viewers was because it centered on a working class family, one that was rarely seen on television back then. The Conners has kept that tradition going, and with this generous giveaway, it’s shown that it hasn’t forgotten the real people living the lives it’s portraying. The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly put a strain on millions of people everywhere, and while this can’t help everyone, it can make a difference for these five families. Plus, it’s hard not to get emotional at the looks of delight and surprise on the winners’ faces.
The Conners‘ third season is underway right now, and it will surely continue to put a spotlight on how the titular family copes with the pandemic. The show has already shown the difficulty people have in finding work, as demonstrated through Dan discussing local company Wellman Plastics going on a hiring spree to help unemployed workers. Fans will have to keep tuning in to see what’s next for the Conner clan as they navigate this difficult time.
Source: Good Morning America