12 Things To Know About The ‘Roseanne’ Revival Series
From October 1988 to May 1997, Roseanne was one of the most beloved sitcoms on TV. Like all good things, however, the series had to eventually come to an end but with revivals and reboots being all the rage in Hollywood right now, the Conners are coming back to TV! The revival series offers all the things fans grew to know and love about the TV family, but also shakes things up to keep up with all the changes in the world since. Since it has now been 30 years since the show first began and 21 years since it came to an end, here is everything you need to know about the new Roseanne revival series:
12. Original Cast
First and foremost, fans should know that all of the original Roseanne cast that they love will be returning to the revival at least in some capacity. Roseanne Barr (Roseanne Conner), John Goodman (Dan Conner), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner), Michael Fishman (DJ Conner) and even both Beckys (Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke) will be in the revival! Additionally, Johnny Galecki has been confirmed to reprise his role as David, but due to his contract on The Big Bang Theory, he was only able to commit to one episode of Roseanne. Of course, everyone wants to know what about Jerry Garcia Conner, the youngest Conner child? Roseanne Barr confirmed the character will not be a part of the revival and his absence will be explained that he is “on a fishing boat in Alaska.” “We haven’t dealt with Andy, Laurie’s son, yet, either, but we had so many stories to tell over the arc of these nine episodes that we were hoping for another season to bring more clarity to those characters,” said Barr.
11. Dan is Alive
When the revival announcement was made and behind the scenes photos of the cast coming together for table reads was shared, fans were quick to point out that John Goodman was very much front and center for it all. While everyone is happy to have him back, many Roseanne fans are confused because Dan had a heart attack in season eight, and in the final season Roseanne revealed it had been fatal. Since no one wanted to do a revival without Goodman, Dan Conner is very much alive and well for the new series and his non-death will be addressed very early on in the revival’s first episode. At the TCA press panel in early 2018, Goodman didn’t say how his character being alive will be explained and said he “didn’t really care” either — he was just happy to be a part of the show and hinted that the way it is dealt with is “clever.” “I thought it was a clever way to do it, handle it and get it out of the way,” he said.