In 1988, America was introduced a lovably dysfunctional family from the mind of comedian Roseanne Barr. “Roseanne,” which aired on ABC from ’88-’97, is coming back to the network that made it famous.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has ordered an eight-episode straight-to-series revival of the show with a midseason debut.
“The Conners’ joys and struggles are as relevant — and hilarious — today as they were then, and there’s really no one better to comment on our modern America than ‘Roseanne,'” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.
The entire original cast will return. That includes Roseanne Barr, John Goodman (even though his character; Dan, died of a heart attack in the show’s final season), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky). Sarah Chalke, who played the role of Becky after Goranson left the show (and then came back), will also return, but in a different role.
How could Goodman return? Deadline notes that Barr wrote a 2009 blog post stating she’d concocted a workaround plot: “Dan shows up alive after faking his own death.”
It’s also currently unclear if Johnny Galecki, who is currently one of the stars of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, will return as David.
The revival was spearheaded by Gilbert, who is a host and executive producer of CBS’ “The Talk.”
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@abcpublicity – The Connors are returning to ABC! The eight-episode reboot, featuring the original cast – Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky) – will air in 2018. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. #Roseanne #ABC