Katey Sagal just isn’t leaving Lanford with no battle (or on the very least an impassioned plea to The Powers That Be).

In the wake of the Married With Children vet’sABC drama Rebel scoring a 10-episode sequence order, The Conners‘ showrunner Bruce Helford reveals to TVLine that Sagal despatched him a observe insisting that the brand new gig wouldn’t preclude her from persevering with in her function as Dan’s foremost squeeze Louise.

“The very first thing that Katey did [after Rebel was picked up] was ship us an e mail saying, ‘Do not rent a brand new girlfriend for Dan — I’m not abdicating my function,'” Helford remembers with amusing, earlier than acknowledging that the actress’ juggling act won’t be straightforward. “Rebel begins manufacturing in early November [so] it is going to be powerful for her as a result of she’s going to be doing double manufacturing. So there can be some battle. But we’ll work on Saturdays [if we need to]. We intend for Louise to be round all season.”

That a lot will turn into clear when the Roseanne spinoff returns subsequent week and viewers study that Louise has full-on moved into the Conners’ already-crowded family amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We could not have Louise buzzing in and out at any time when she desires, so she’s quarantining with the household,” Helford reveals, including that the brand new residing association is a giant adjustment for her. “She was a musician and all the time on the highway. And she by no means bought married and did not have children. She’s used to residing alone.”

The Conners‘ third season launches on a brand new evening and time — Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 9/8c — on ABC.

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