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Deadline: 'The Conners' Adds Transgender Character Played by Alexandra Billings to Season 3

Afouda Bamidele
Nov 20, 2020
03:20 A.M.

TV family drama "The Conners" has added a transgender character to its third season. The new character would form a plot played by star actress Alexandra Billings.

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"The Conners" has a new development in store for viewers as it recently added a transgender character to its third season. The character would be played by Hollywood's Alexandra Billings, and she would continue as a recurring character on the show.

Billings would appear on the show as "Robin," a transgender woman with a no-nonsense aura, who lives in Lanford and works as a factory supervisor. Robin is friends with Darlene, played by Sara Gilbert.

Alexandra Billings in one of the scenes of ABC's "The Conners" on September 18, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

Alexandra Billings in one of the scenes of ABC's "The Conners" on September 18, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

While season 3 unfolds, the Conners continue dealing with everyday challenges ranging from parenthood, aging as working-class Americans, financial struggles, and romance.

Billings' inclusion in the show further buttressed the show's point of mirroring the world. Billings, 58, appeared on "Transparent, [and] "Grey's Anatomy."

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Billings will make her debut on the 25th of November on the episode titled, "Friends in High Places and Horse Surgery." Playing a supervisor at "Wellman Plastic," Billings's Robin becomes a friend of one of her employees, Darlene," and she soon starts visiting Darlene's home.

The show's snippets presented her sitting at table with Conners as they enjoyed dinner in their small kitchen. The snippets also revealed that Darlene's sister, Becky, [played by Ley Gormamson] seemed to have issues with Darlene over her and Robin's friendship.

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It is safe to say that ABC produced show, "The Conners" is an all-inclusive show, and according to Sara Gilbert who works as one of the producers, the family drama centers its plot on happenings around the world.

With this in view, the third season would revolve around all the characters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Conners, just like many other families, face financial struggles due to the lockdown and try each day to get by and survive.

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According to "The Conners" executive producer Bruce Helford, the show was built based on real happenings. He noted that although many other shows might not reflect real-life as often, it was natural for "The Conners" to show fans a family that could handle hard times, including the pandemic.

In the same vein, Billings' inclusion in the show further buttressed the show's point of mirroring the world. Before her gig on "The Conners," Billings, 58, appeared on "Transparent, "Grey's Anatomy," and "Romy and Michele: In the Beginning," among others.

Over the years, Billings faced trying times after owning her sexuality. Once in an interview, she made it known that she stayed strong through different challenges which saw her in and out of jail. These days, the star is glad that trans people were getting recognition.

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