When the Conners return to ABC at the start of season 5, the family sitcom will be placed in a new timeslot as the start of the network’s comedy block on Wednesday nights, and the Goldbergs will move forward half an hour. Of course, this won’t be the only major change fans will notice, as it became known this week that Roseanne’s O.G. star Michael Fishman has left the show ahead of the new season. But even though the announcement was made without any pre-set drama, Fishman’s comments after the fact seem to hint that there is more to the story.
In a statement released to People after the shocking news about Conners first became public, Michael Fishman shared his thoughts in the polite and respectful manner that fans have come to expect from him. He talked about playing D.J. Conner was a great honor, and he was proud to play a military veteran raising a two-race daughter with a black wife. But, turning to the topic of his future after The Conners, Fishman seems to hint that leaving the ABC hit was not his choice. According to him:
I have a number of projects that I’m promoting as a writer, and I’m negotiating my next directing opportunities. Although I no longer have the privilege of portraying a DJ, my desire, passion and ability to bring characters to life as an actor remain. I appreciate all those who support and support my work. Although I was told I wouldn’t be back in season 5, Lanford was a valuable place to grow, learn and develop. I was incredibly lucky to return home and demonstrate my expansion. Going out into the world to build the future, I send great love and success to everyone involved in the production.
Maybe it’s just me, but not many people who intentionally quit their jobs immediately reflect on it, saying that they “no longer have the privilege” to do this job. In addition, Fishman notes that he was “told” that he would not return in season 4, which is as direct a sign as any other that the decision was allegedly not in his hands. So why did the powers that be decide to cut another original Roseanne star at this stage of the spin-off? Especially when it was also confirmed that the star Jayden Rae, who plays the daughter of DJ Mary, will remain a regular participant in the series, which raises its own questions. (Not the least of them is: “Does this mean that former Maya star Lynn Robinson is returning in full after appearing in the Season 3 finale?”)
Earlier in his reaction statement, Michael Fishman mentioned expanding his role behind the scenes in “Conners” as a director of several episodes — which he talked about with CinemaBlend before the Season 4 premiere — and began talking about his professionalism. According to him:
I am proud of my professionalism, creating lifelong connections and meaningful friends through production. Demonstrating their skills during the first few years of The Conners’ existence, culminating in the opportunity to shoot “Halloween” and “Elections against the Pandemic”. This successful collaboration brought me four more opportunities as a director last season. I achieved a dream with friends for life, which pushed me to another aspect of my career, which gives endless opportunities.
Given the context of his thoughts and the lack of other messages after the news, it doesn’t seem that Michael Fishman’s behavior on set is a factor here. Perhaps he was just ahead of such suspicions by saying this, trying to distance himself from the recent news that former Conners guest star and episode director Fred Savage was fired from The Wonderful Years due to allegations related to his behavior on set and alleged sexual behavior. harassment.
According to the scheme of things, given that D.J. did not have so much influence on many current storylines and was not himself at the center of any of them, it is quite possible that Conners’ budget for season 5 required a reduction in the angle, and Fishman served as the least pernicious victim. Whatever the case, fans of The Conners will surely miss D.J. being relatively sane and successful in the titular family. Now it’s up to Mark.
The premiere of the fifth season of “Conners” will take place on ABC on Wednesday, September 21, at 20:00 Korean time. ET. Go to our schedule of TV premieres for 2022 to find out when all the other prime-time hits will appear in the coming months.