'Roseanne' Revival With Original Cast in the Works

Posted April 30, 2017

Multiple networks are bidding for the new version of the nineties' classic, including the show's original network ABC. It was a groundbreaking show in so many ways, from having a fat, middle-aged woman as its protagonist, to dealing with the nitty-gritty of money, health, and family from a working-class perspective, to dealing with LGBTQIA+ characters in a way that is both amusing and honest.

Roseanne and Sara will executive produce the project alongside Tom Werner, Bruce Helford and Whitney Cummings.

Roseanne ran from 1988 to 1997 and was centered on the Conners, a working-class family in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois.

The sitcom also starred Laurie Metcalf (who is also in talks to return for the reboot) as Jackie Harris, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner.

Reviving past hit television shows is becoming a trends - in recent years, The X-Files and Will & Grace have both had revival news.

Roseanne drew big ratings and critical praise for its a groundbreaking look at a working-class IL family, the Conners, at a time when affluent clans were more the rule for sitcoms. Few shows have been fearless enough to tackle the territory Roseanne did.

Roseanne is getting a revival- and the original cast are on board
The original series focusing on a working-class family in Illinois ran for nine seasons

When asked, Goodman expressed excitement about a potential Roseanne reboot.

Gilbert and Goodman staged a mini-reunion in March., briefly reprising their characters on daytime show The Talk.

Before the show's unusual ending, and the Conners' financial windfall in Season 9, Roseanne was known for its honest, sometimes hard portrayal of being poor in America.

No word on how Dan would return, since he died of a heart attack on the show's original run.

Goodman has juggled TV and film roles, leaning towards more dramatic fare such as The West Wing, Argo and most recently Patriot's Day. "The big 'R" and I did a pilot about five years ago that didn't go anywhere'. "But if we could get everybody together..."

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