New to the cast of The Conners, Maya Lynne Robinson faced some unique challenges other actresses and actors on the show didn't necessarily have to endure.
For starters, she took over the character of DJ's (Michael Fishman) wife, Geena Williams-Conner. The role was originally played by Xosha Roquemore before the Roseanne Barr controversy resulted in Roseanne being canceled. When shows with fan bases as large as Roseanne and The Conners experience a recast, there is often a fair amount of backlash.
In addition to playing the role of a re-casted character, Robinson was also challenged by being the "odd man out" in an established cast. Roseanne had ten seasons and over 200 episodes under its belt before it was canceled. The majority of the established cast members had a history of working together since back in 1988 when the series first premiered.
Unsurprisingly, the established history and relationships built among the actresses and actors in the show did make it a little overwhelming for someone like Maya to join the crew.
While Emma Kenney and Ames McNamara who play Darlene and David's children, Harris and Mark, are fairly new to the cast they have the Season 10 reboot of Roseanne under their belt and Robinson did not.