Roseanne returns to ABC with a straight-to-series order of 8 episodes and is expected to debut sometime early next year. Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fischman, Lecy Goranson, Johnny Galecki and Sarah Chalke will all be returning, but it is unknown what role Chalke will play. The official news comes amid numerous reports of the return of the beloved family sitcom, but this is the first official news to come down the line, despite the fact that Roseanne Barr initially said otherwise.
The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter via a conference call with ABC president Channing Dungey who confirmed that they're "rebooting Roseanne." Gilbert and executive producers Barr, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings, and Tony Hernandez will produce the show. No other information is known except that the project is in the early stages of development. Dungey did release a short statement about the upcoming Roseanne revival. Read her statement below.
"The Conner's 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."
Dungey's statement rings true, as Roseanne took a character and family that had yet to be recognized by network television in America. And the Connor family is very much still a relevant part of America today, maybe even more so today than when the show ended in 1997.
No plot details have been announced and it is not sure how they will address the death of Dan Conner, but Barr did offer a blog post in 2009 that imagined where the Connor family would be at that time. Though the blog post did bring back Dan after faking his death, most of the ideas seemed as if Roseanne was having fun, riffing ideas of the top of her head for her own enjoyment. But it would be pretty funny to see Bonnie get arrested for selling crack and to see Roseanne and Jackie run a marijuana dispensary in Middle America. It would also be nice to see Roseanne put David into a traveling Kenny G tribute band, playing the county fair circuit. There's a free idea for Barr, she can have it.
Roseanne originally aired form 1988 to 1997 and was praised for it's realistic view of an average American family. The show was massively popular and continued decent rating all the way up until the end of the series. When rumors started to pop up about a possible revival of Roseanne it sparked major interest from many networks and platforms as Roseanne is one of the many new reboots coming our way. Fox had 24 Legacy, Netflix did Gilmore Girls, Showtime has Twin Peaks and NBC has Will and Grace returning in the fall. It appears we live in a land of reboots and revivals. Hopefully the upcoming reboots or revivals, whatever you want to call them stay, true to the legacies of the original shows. Except the final season of Roseanne. Let's just pretend like that one never happened and erase that weird Jerry Garcia stuff from our collective memories.