ABC Is In The Early Stages Of Officially Reviving ‘Roseanne’

It has been 20 years since the series finale of one of the most popular and iconic sitcoms of all time aired and now, plans for its revival have been revealed.

Yes, that’s correct, Roseanne and the rest of the Connor family will return to American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in 2018. The revival is not a once off but a straight-to-series order and the plans for the revival were confirmed by Channing Dungey, head of ABC. The plans were announced ahead of the 2017 Upfronts Week in New York City. It was reported via a conference call that Dungey had with reporters.

“We’re rebooting Roseanne,” she said. “It is planned for the midseason. We’re still at the early stages.” Per the network’s press release, the eight-episode revival will find the Connors continuing to deal with “the economic challenges of living pay check to pay to check in 2018.” The show’s return has been the talk of TV town for weeks now. The majority of the networks expressed interest in the revival including Netflix which has been responsible for many reincarnations as well as revivals.

It was, however, ABC that came out victorious. Original stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert will be returning. The return of Goodman is an interesting announcement as his character Dan died by the end of the series.
Barr and Gilbert are doubling up as executive producers alongside original producers; Tom Werner and Bruce Helford and newbie Whitney Cummings. We shall also see the return of Jackie, Becky and D.J played by Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman respectively.

Sarah Chalke is also set to make another appearance in the show but it will not be reprising her original character of Becky, she will play a different role. Dungey said in a statement; “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.” Roseanne ran from 1988 to 1997 and was in for a total of nine seasons. The show was lauded for its more realistic approach to the portrayal of working class American families.

The show won a total of 17 Emmy awards during its nine seasons.