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Matthew Broderick Is Joining The Conners in a Romantic Role

Fast on the heels of last week’s premiere of ABC’s The Conners, fans of the spinoff already have something new to be excited about: Matthew Broderick will soon be making an appearance on the show, according to his rep.

USA Today reported that “There Won’t Be Blood” will air on Oct. 30. In the episode, Broderick is expected to play Peter, a love interest for Jackie (Laurie Metcalf). 

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Given that the episode airs Halloween week and is Halloween-themed, it wouldn’t be surprising if some zany shenanigans between the two were involved. The IMDb plot summary for the episode reads, “Jackie introduces someone new to the family at the Halloween party and insists that Dan vet him, only to immediately wish that she hadn’t.” 

Yes, please! Broderick’s comedic brilliance will undoubtedly pair well with John Goodman and the gang. Sadly, however, it appears that Broderick’s role will be relegated to the one episode, at least for now. 

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With four movies and one television show in various stages of production, Broderick’s schedule is understandably full. The two-time Tony winner will voice a character in Paramount’s upcoming animated film Wonder Park opposite Jennifer Garner and will star in the Tribeca Film Festival audience favorite To Dust

On the upcoming third season of FX’s Better Things, Broderick will play a counselor opposite Emmy-nominated lead Pamela Adlon. And, in his first regular TV series role, he will star in Netflix’s upcoming high school apocalypse dramedy Daybreak as the school principal.

Longtime Broderick fans will surely note that Daybreak puts the actor back in the setting that first launched him to fame: a high school, much like the one he inhabited (or, rather, ditched) in the 1986 cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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So, who knows? Should The Conners continue to do well, perhaps Broderick will reappear for a future arc once a break in his busy schedule opens up. 

Based on its early numbers, the Roseanne reboot’s spinoff should be around a while — the premiere brought in 10.5 million viewers, becoming the biggest same-day premiere for a new show this season. 

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