‘The Conners’ is a sitcom that manages to portray grief and tough topics like death while maintaining a comedic style. The show is a spin-off and a continuation of the 1988 television show, ‘Roseanne.’
Both, ‘Roseanne’ and ‘The Conners’ have been known for their accurate portrayal of a working-class American family. ‘The Conners’ revolves around the titular family who struggle to get through life with a modest income. Moreover, they are also left to deal with the death of their matriarch, Roseanne. However, despite all their hardships, the family manages to smile at the end of the day and make viewers laugh their guts out.
The Conners Filming Locations
‘The Conners’ is set in the fictional town of Lanford which is supposed to be located in Illinois. However, many viewers might be wondering where the show is actually filmed. Like many sitcoms, is ‘The Conners’ filmed in front of a live studio audience? Or does it fabricate the rather outdated style and tone?
Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California
Yes, ‘The Conners’ is actually filmed in front of a live studio audience at Warner Bros. Studios at Burbank, California. The studio serves to be the principal production location for Warner Bros. Entertainment. It even offers a studio tour for those who want to get a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the production house’s most successful movies and television series are filmed.
Living my best life with an all-access set visit to “The Conners” on the Warner Bros. lot. First live studio audience taping I’ve been to. Unreal to watch acting masters like John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf perform. It’s insane. This experience was next level x 2. pic.twitter.com/6zs5BkruTY
— Matt Conley (@MattWConley) November 9, 2019
In the studio, a set of the Conners family house is constructed like a theater set. Except, there are multiple cameras, mics and other recording equipment for filming purposes. The sets are quite intricately and thoughtfully designed.
To begin with, the furniture is made to feel extremely homely with a lot of attention paid to every single detail, from the upholstery to the overall room aesthetic.
Moreover, actors are also asked to provide their personal photos so that they can be framed on the set. This provides the set a very “lived” feel, making it come alive and able to tell a story. Moreover, some of the pictures that the actors submit are often photos with their co-stars, adding to the authenticity of the set as an actual family’s house.
Check out the following video to get a glimpse of the set of ‘The Conners.’ There are also a few interviews with the cast members of the show who share their experience working on the set, among other things.
The first season’s finale witnessed an attendance of 175 in the audience. The filming of a single episode generally takes 3-4 hours since several re-takes are needed. Often, the same scene is also shot with varying dialogues with the most effective shot being selected.
The taping begins with recap videos to get the audiences acquainted with the required storylines. Then, the first few takes are conducted.
After a single run-through, the show’s writers huddle around each other to discuss possible changes in the dialogue. Then, another take of the same scene is conducted. Throughout the process, the audience is also provided food which is typically pizza slices. Yum!
Apart from the filming in front of the studio audience, the show also employs an exterior shot of the Conners family house. This is generally used as an establishing shot. The actual place where the Conners’ house’s exterior is filmed at is located on 619, South Runnymeade Avenue in Evansville, Indiana.