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'The Conners' to air live the night of the New Hampshire primary

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Wed, Jan 8th 2020 12:55 pm

ABC News’ coverage of the first-in-the-nation primary will be incorporated into the broadcast, to air live on both coasts 

ABC will air a special live episode of top-rated comedy “The Conners” the night of the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 11 (8 p.m. EST). The cast will perform the episode live for each coast’s broadcast. ABC News coverage of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary will be incorporated into the story in real time as the results roll in during the evening.

The live episode will find Mark (Ames McNamara) watching the results of the primary for a school report with Harris (Emma Kenney), who is apathetic to the electoral process and believes money’s influence in politics means real change is impossible. The rest of the Conners share their differing takes on why they all think everyone should vote, including their working-class perspective that one may have to vote for a candidate one doesn’t love, but one that will “screw you the least.” All of this happens against the backdrop of romance when Louise (guest star Katey Sagal) gets an opportunity that might send her away from Lanford, prompting the family to interfere in Dan’s (John Goodman) complicated relationship with her by throwing Louise a surprise going-away party, creating major new tensions between Dan and his daughters.

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, Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner.

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