After months of rumors, including Roseanne Barr herself taking to Twitter in March and saying that the Roseanne cast is ready for a reunion, a Roseanne revival was finally made official this week. All of the original stars, including Roseanne Barr (Roseanne Connor), John Goodman (Dan Connor), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Connor), Michael Fishman (D.J. Connor), Alicia Goranson (Becky Connor) and Johnny Galecki (David Healy) are set to return, with Sarah Chalke, who replaced Alicia Goranson as Becky in the last few seasons, also coming back as a new character. While many fans are rejoicing about the show's return, many have been left scratching their heads, due to the rather shocking events of the series finale. Today we have a report that reveals how the show will address the fate of John Goodman's Dan Connor.
This revival was also hinted at when Sara Gilbert brought on her TV dad John Goodman for a sketch on her talk show The Talk, where Darlene tells her dad Dan that she has become a talk show host. The sketch ends with Dan breathing a sigh of relief, saying that he thought she was going to tell him she's gay. The series finale was considered quite controversial, where it was revealed that the entire show was in Roseanne's past, with the show representing her life that she was writing about in a book, although she had embellished quite a bit about her life, including the fact that her husband Dan was dead, since he didn't actually survive a stroke that he had at the end of Season 8. TV Line caught up with an unidentified insider, who revealed that the show will simply ignore the series finale, and that Dan has really been alive the whole time.
"Dan is very much alive. They're going to pretend like it never even happened."
Roseanne Barr also revealed in April that she had already been writing some pivotal scenes about Dan Connor's death, telling fans on social media to stop sending her suggestions about how to deal with Dan's death, since she already wrote it. Back in 2009, the comedienne revealed details about all of the main characters on her official website, which revealed that Dan Connor had actually faked his own death, and he comes back to Lanford, Illinois, where the iconic show was set. Unfortunately, she didn't reveal why Dan faked his death, but now it seems that they will just ignore the death revelation from the Roseanne series finale.
Other details Roseanne Barr revealed about the characters in her 2009 post included that the youngest child D.J. is now a published author, while David Healy dumped Darlene for a woman half his age, while Darlene meets a woman and has a test tube baby together and Becky is stuck working at Wal-Mart. As for Roseanne and Jackie, they open the first medical marijuana dispensary in town, so they can pay off the mortgage before the house is foreclosed on. Arnie becomes the best friend of the Governor of Illinois, while remarrying nancy, while Roseanne's Mom sells a painting for ten grand, Jerry and the grandsons form a band like the Jonas Brothers, Leon has a sex change operation and Bonnie gets busted for selling crack. It still hasn't been confirmed if any of these details will be used in the Roseanne revival.
Shortly after the revival was confirmed, ABC released a Roseanne trailer, which didn't feature any actual footage from the show, since filming hasn't started yet, but gave fans young and old alike a refresher course on this sitcom, considered by many to be one of the greatest comedy shows of all time. ABC has ordered eight episodes for this Roseanne revival, debuting at some point in mid-season. The show's creative team has not been announced yet, but hopefully we'll learn more very soon.