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Comedy series 'Roseanne' could be latest US television comeback

30 April 2017

Otherwise, the aspects of Roseanne that made the series so unlike everything else on TV would be gone, and the revival would have nothing to distinguish it from other shows, aside from nostalgia.

"Roseanne" remains a gold standard for its realistic portrayal of a working-class American family. According to Deadline's sources, Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert are already on board, with Laurie Metcalf in talks to join them so we can settle the question once and for all if Jackie is a lesbian or what. Barr, Gilbert, and the show's original executive producers Tom Werner and Bruce Helford are also back. The show was massively popular during its nine-season run, so its being brought back was probably inevitable. Season 9 saw the Conners win the lottery, Darlene and David (played by current Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki) get married and have a daughter, and Dan betray Roseanne by cheating on her with his mother's nurse.

A Roseanne series revival is in the works. ABC (Roseanne's original network) and Netflix (which has found success with reboots like Fuller House, Arrested Development and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life) are reportedly both bidding on the project.

Original-cast revivals have been in vogue at Fox, too, with Prison Break returning this month and a recent order for a second edition of the network's revival of The X-Files.

From left Mindy Kaling Dakota Johnson Aubrey Plaza and Zooey Deschanel
From left Mindy Kaling Dakota Johnson Aubrey Plaza and Zooey Deschanel

Or, well, actually he died in the season 8 finale, but in the series finale Roseanne revealed that the entire final season had been a figment of her imagination, which went into overdrive as she mourned the loss of her husband.

The revival comes after Goodman and Gilbert staged a mini-reunion on "The Talk" in March, where the two reprised their roles as Dan and Darlene.

Tell Us: Are you excited for a possible Roseanne revival? She was replaced by Sarah Chalke, returning during the show's eighth season, when she and Chalke alternated playing Becky. Yet Goodman will be on the new cast, so we'll see how they handle that.

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Comedy series 'Roseanne' could be latest US television comeback