Get ready for season 3 with The Conners! During our ABC The Conners Depth: Interview with Sara Gilbert & Ames McNamara we got to know more about the show. Also, we got a chance to underline what we know. This popular show tackles the reality of life and helps us understand, and sometimes solve in ways in which we can relate. Or, at the very least respect. All of that, makes my heart sing. Definitively, we all need a little more of stepping into someone else’s shoes and learning more tolerance.
ABC The Conners: Interview with Gilbert & Ames McNamara
As you know, this popular show does not shy away from important topics. There is not a single episode that I have seen that does not address something that matters deeply. Or, something that we should be aware of and something we should learn about. Talk about great entertainment that educates. I love that it makes it easy for us to understand. Plus, they talk about real day to day life too. Here are details about our The Conners: Interview with Gilbert & Ames McNamara
The Importance of Talking About the Issues
At the heart of it is the conviction of the talent themselves to want to drive home the topics that matter today. Gilbert said: “I think, the only way we can change things is to first have some awareness around it and see the problem. (when we are) in touch with the problem, then hopefully be able to take some action. It is really unfortunate, and something that I love about our show, that we get to address the fact that this is obviously a fictional group that represents a lot of people.”
Schooling New Reality
Parents and kids alike, will all nod to the virtual learning reality shown on The Conners. The struggles are real. Ames McNamara affirms this during the interview: “I’ve definitely experienced a lot of virtual school. It’s inescapable the problems with virtual school. It’s really not the same as in person school, but it’s the best that we can do right now. I was able to relate to everything that Mark is going through because it’s stuff that’s happening to me and so many kids across the country right now – and across the world. This technology is amazing. But it’s not perfect and there are some glitches. I feel personally lucky to have had amazing teachers who have helped me through my virtual school experience and really made it still engaging, which can be a problem sometimes. Zoom fatigue is a very real thing.”
Virtual Learning Advice
Personally, I have to agree with Ames’ advice to kids around the world experiencing virtual learning :”It’s really tough now, but we’ve already lost a year of being able to hang out with friends and family and socialize, and even though it’s really not ideal at all to be doing schools long hours, and then homework on the computer—there’s light at the end of the tunnel.I hope this is not gonna be the normal thing for too much longer. And I think that you just have to think of the alternative of no school—just limited work is worse than being still, staying engaged and staying online, and still seeing your friends and your teachers, although it’s virtual.” Hang in there everyone!
Guest Stars Wish List
The show has had some incredible guest stars. There is still room for more. When asked who they would love to have on the show McNamara said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “He’s someone who I think is a really amazingly creative person, and I love Hamilton. I think it would just be so amazing to meet him and maybe get a chance to talk to him and see how he works.”
Gilbert shared: ““I’m gonna be thinking of a million people. Judi Dench, Octavia Spencer. There are so many. It’s really difficult to say.”
One of the things I love most is how the show handles inclusion and representation. Ames McNamara had this to say: ” I think it’s great to have representation. It’s also, like you were saying, bringing up conversations about how to talk to your kids about how they’re feeling. And I think that’s one of the great parts about playing Mark is that you can see someone who’s coming to terms with himself and who he is, as he’s growing up.”
ABOUT “THE CONNERS”:
“The Conners” follows America’s favorite family as they continue to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford. Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. will continue to grapple with parenthood, dating, financial pressures and aging in working-class America. Through it all – the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails. 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” is executive produced by Tom Werner, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. The series is from Werner Entertainment.
“The Conners” airs WEDNESDAYS (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) on ABC.
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