'The Conners' Airing Live Episode During New Hampshire Primary

February 11, 2020

The Conners are going live for a special, unprecedented episode.

The blue-collar comedy will incorporate tonight’s Democratic primary in New Hampshire during a live episode taping for the first time in history.

“We thought, it’s an election year and 'The Conners' — whether we want to be or not, we are immersed in some politics; the politics that affect every working class family, that they are going through and affected by,” veteran TV producer Brad Helford told Deadline. 

Helford was involved in the live edition ofThe Drew Carey Show” in the early 2000s and felt that he should take advantage of “The Conners’” amazing cast.

The live episode finds Darlene’s kids Mark (Ames McNamara) and Harris (Emma Kenney) watching a news special on the primary for a school report.

Throughout the hour, family members will  “circulate through the room and spout off.”

“It’s the Conners' version, which is basically, ‘We’re not looking for anybody we love to vote for. We're just looking for the one that's gonna screw us the least. So if it's that cynical, we've been beat up a long time. We're just looking for some relief,’ Helford told ABC News about injecting reality into a live-scripted series.

Sara Gilberts, who plays Darlene, said the live episode is less of a stunt and more of a chance to “remind people they have a voice” and encourage them to vote.

Politics aside, the episode will also include romance between Dan (John Goodman) and Louise (guest star Katey Segal).

The live event will require the cast to be on their A-game when it comes to spontaneity. Rehearsals reportedly included “charting possible directions the story could go and how the actors might respond.”

“Anything could happen, it’s a live show,” Helford teased.

The episode airs Tuesday, February 11, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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