‘Roseanne’ Gets 8-Episode Reboot at ABC

Original cast to reprise roles from classic ’90s sitcom

Last Updated: May 16, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

ABC has ordered eight episodes of a reboot of “Roseanne,” the network announced Tuesday.

Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky) will all return, and the show will premiere in 2018.

Sarah Chalke, who also played Becky, will appear in a different role.

“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,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

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The original series executive producers Tom Werner and Bruce Helford are also on board to executive produce alongside Barr and Gilbert.

The original “Roseanne” aired nine seasons from 1988-1997 on ABC and won 17 Emmys. The series followed the blue collar Conner family, trying to make ends meet in Lanford, Illinois.

Goodman’s inclusion is an interesting development since the series concluded with the character of Roseanne revealing that Goodman’s character had survived a heart attack and the family won the lottery… which was all a dream. In the reality of the show, Dan did not survive the heart attack.

The “Roseanne” reboot will be in good company with a plethora of other nostalgic properties which have come back to life, including NBC’s upcoming “Will and Grace” revival, Netflix’s “Fuller House” and “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” and Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” reboot. The CW also has a reboot of classic nighttime soap “Dynasty” airing in the 2017-18 season.