Good news, Roseanne fans: Your domestic goddess and her quirky family from Lanford, Illinois are definitely reuniting for new episodes.
ABC president Channing Dungey shared the exciting news during a call with reporters for the Upfronts on Tuesday (May 16), but her description of the concept is a bit puzzling.
“We’re rebooting Roseanne,” Dungey said, while stressing the project is “at the early stages” of development right now.
(Watch the first teaser for the Roseanne revival below:)
The use of the term “reboot” to describe the new Roseanne could point to the revival undoing some of the controversial choices Roseanne Barr made at the end of the original series — like killing off husband Dan (John Goodman), for example.
On board for the ABC “reboot” will be Barr’s on-screen husband John Goodman and their TV daughter Sara Gilbert (aka Darlene), who actually kicked the project into gear after having Goodman on her CBS daytime series The Talk recently:
Also returning will be Sarah Chalke, who played the second Becky Conner after original cast member Lecy Goranson left in 1992. In a surprising twist, early word is that she
Instead, original Becky actress Lecy Goranson will return along with Michael Fishman (D.J. Conner) and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie).
“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,” Channing Dungey told reporters today.
The involvement of The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki — who played Darlene’s boyfriend David— remains to be confirmed at present.
News that Roseanne Barr was working on a revival with writers from the original series broke late last month, and was met with a groundswell of support from fans.
At that time, Barr told fans that she “of course”wanted a reunion series to happen but was still hammering out all of the details with ABC.
During its nine years on the air, Roseanne won three Golden Globes and seven Primetime Emmy Awards, and set the standard for many dysfunctional family sitcoms that followed in the ’90s.
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