THE CONNERS’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 2: ABC is renewing The Conners for a second season after it was rebooted when Roseanne Barr was fired over a racist tweet-storm. The network reports that the spinoff is among the top five new series in adults 18-49 and total viewers. Season one of The Conners ran for 11 episodes and season two will have a similar run. Stars Sara Gilbert (who's also an executive producer), John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Ames McNamara will all return. The renewal announcement does not mention Roseanne alum Michael Fishman or newer cast-members Emma Kenney, Maya Lynne Robinson and Jayden Rey. “We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conner family,” said ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke. “This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.”
RYAN MURPHY’S THE POLITICIAN GETS PREMIERE: Netflix has announced that Ryan Murphy’s The Politician will premiere on September 27th. The story follows Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, a Santa Barbara student with cash to spare, who has been convinced since age 7 that he’d be president of the U.S. one day. But first he has to graduate high school (and get elected student body prez). The series also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett.
ARIANA GREENBLATT JOINS DYLAN O’BRIEN IN MONSTER PROBLEMS: Avengers: Infinity War actress Ariana Greenblatt has snagged the role of Minnow in the upcoming Paramount Players film Monster Problems, starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Rooker. The film follows the story of a young man living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters.
NETFLIX ASKS JUDGE TO TOSS SUIT: Mega-streamer Netflix is defending Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and is asking a federal judge in Vermont to toss a trademark suit over the immersive film. Children’s book publisher Chooseco LLC, who owns the trademark to “Choose Your Own Adventure” filed the $25M suit, claiming Netflix should have obtained a license to use the phrase.