Production is already under way on ABC's highly-anticipated Roseanne revival, with a first look at the cast arriving last week. Today we have word that this new season will be just a bit longer. ABC had already issued an eight-episode order, and now we have word that the network has added one additional episode, to bring this new season total to nine episodes. This decision was reportedly made after ABC executives were "very pleased" in seeing what the show has shot so far.
This report from TV Line reveals that five episodes have already been shot, which comes just under a month after a photo surfaced from the first Roseanne table read. ABC president Channing Dungey revealed at the TCA summer tour in August that, after hearing the "broad strokes" of the eight-episode season, she was, "very confident that it is going to be a return to the show everyone knew and loved." The ABC president also confirmed at the TCA tour that the show was simply going to ignore the events of the series finale, where it was revealed that Dan Conner (John Goodman) had actually died from the stroke he suffered in the Season 8 finale, and that the series itself was actually a fictionalized version of Roseanne Conner's (Roseanne Barr) life, although she had taken certain liberties with her own story.
What still hasn't been confirmed is whether or not Johnny Galecki's David Healy will be back or not. We reported in August that the actor had entered negotiations to return as this character, although it was never confirmed if he will be part of the cast, and if he is, how large a role he will have. Many have wondered about his involvement in the series, since he is currently in the midst of filming the new season of his CBS hit series The Big Bang Theory, and it wasn't clear if the actor could find an opening in his schedule to come back for this series, which helped launch his career.
Aside from Johnny Galecki, all of the other main cast members from Roseanne have been confirmed, including Roseanne Barr (Roseanne Conner), John Goodman (Dan Conner), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner), Michael Fishman (D.J. Conner) and Alicia Goranson (Becky Conner). The series is also bringing back Sarah Chalke, who played Becky Conner in the last three seasons of the original show, as a brand new original character. Among the new characters that have already been announced are Ames McNamara as Mark, the young eight year old son of David and Darlene, who sometimes likes to wear women's clothing, and Emma Kenney as Harris, the 14-year-old daughter of Darlene and David.
Other new characters that will likely be introduced is Jackie Harris' son Andy and Roseanne and Dan's son Jerry Garcia Connor, who would be in their early 20s now, although they haven't been officially cast at this time. Roseanne Barr revealed on her official website in 2009 that Dan had actually faked his death and re-emerges in Lanford, Illinois, where Roseanne and Jackie had opened up the town's first medical marijuana dispensary, although it isn't clear if the new season will follow those writings at all. TV Line broke the news on this Roseanne revival's extra episode earlier today.