Roseanne and Abby left behind as Yvonne Orji signs up for Conners

Yvonne Orji is going to miss Molly. The actress, who was the breakout star of Last Man Standing, while Olivia Munn went on to do the same for Power, has signed up for a…

Roseanne and Abby left behind as Yvonne Orji signs up for Conners

Yvonne Orji is going to miss Molly. The actress, who was the breakout star of Last Man Standing, while Olivia Munn went on to do the same for Power, has signed up for a third season of The Conners, the ABC sitcom that now bears her name following the late Roseanne Barr’s firing.

Orji, who played Harris on the series that follows a fictional family in Lanford, Illinois, which is forced to deal with the passing of their matriarch, Roseanne, alongside the intervention of disgraced Dr Robert “Frank” Gallagher, said on Twitter: “This is one #teammolly finale I will not want to miss … So excited that this is happening.”

Orji, who played the original Molly, Becky G., in Roseanne, left the show after Barr’s racist tweet during an episode in May. Barr was subsequently sacked, while her replacement Sara Gilbert, who played Roseanne’s daughter Darlene, called the decision “an important and necessary moment in our nation’s history”.

In September, Barr announced her return to Roseanne, which will be a rebooted version of the hit show in 2020. Meanwhile, Munn’s character, Rhonda (her character’s surname was revealed in the premiere), was killed off in a car crash in Netflix’s series Underground, another superhero show.

Star of The Conners Yvonne Orji said: ‘This is one #teammolly finale I will not want to miss.’ Photograph: Iain Varney/ABC via Getty Images

Ahead of his well-received supporting role in First Man, Kyle Chandler is joining the cast of Good Omens, a BBC2 adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. Chandler will play Aziraphale, the assistant and companion to the series’ protagonist, Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), an angel struggling with a growing sense of his role in the world. “I can’t tell you anything else,” Chandler told EW, “but I’ll say it was incredibly fun to find out that this was happening.”

Set to air next year, the six-part series also stars David Tennant, Adria Arjona and Michael Sheen.

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