Murphy Brown star Candice Bergen will appear on ABC’s Roseanne spinoff, The Conners. The five-time Emmy winner will guest star on ABC’s “The Conners” in the role of Barb, the mother of Jay R. Ferguson’s Ben the boyfriend of Sara Gilbert’s Darlene Conner. Bergen will first appear on “The Conners” on January 13, 2021, when the series returns with new episodes for its mid-season premiere.
A description to her character is as “Barb is Ben’s mother, and their relationship can best be described as cool. Despite being from Lanford, Barb has a superior air and a sharp tongue, but she’s much more agreeable when she’s had a few drinks. She’s judgmental about Ben’s relationship with Darlene, and describes the Conner house as, “Like one of those places they break into on that program Cops.”
In the current third season of “The Conners” Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J, continue to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford. The series stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Jay R. Ferguson as Ben. “The Conners” itself is a spin-off of the ’80s sitcom “Roseanne.” “Roseanne” ran from 1988-1997 on ABC, with a revival in 2018.
Candice Bergen is best known for her role as a television journalist in Murphy Brown on CBS for 10 seasons from 1988 to 1998. She earned five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes for her signature role as Murphy Brown. Candice also reprised her role and executive produced the 2018 Murphy Brown revival.