ABC has just greenlit an eight-episode straight-to-series revival of the popular sitcom, Roseanne. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Tuesday,
“We’re rebooting Roseanne. 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.”
Its original castmembers Roseanne Barr, John Goodman (even though his character Dan died of a heart attack during the final season), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky) are all set to return. Sarah Chalke, who played the role of Becky after Goranson, will also return, but in a new role.
Nearly 20 years after the Emmy-winning multicam went off the air, the revival was spearheaded by Gilbert, who currently hosts and exec produces the CBS daytime show The Talk.
Roseanne centered on the working-class Conner family in Illinois and ran on ABC from 1988-97. At its peak, the show ranked as the top series on TV during the 1989-90 season. (Btw, The Wow Report’s Stephen Rutledge just posted today about TV’s first gay wedding, on which show…?)
Roseanne is just the latest in a long line of revivals that includes NBC’s Will & Grace, as well as 24, Prison Break and The X-Files — which will return with another 10 episodes in 2018. ABC’s Twin Peaks is also getting the revival treatment, but on Showtime.