Johnny Galecki Absent as ‘Roseanne’ Cast Reunites on Set for Revival Premiere (Photos)

ABC comedy’s eight-episode reboot starts production ahead of 2018 launch

The “Roseanne” revival has begun production, and the cast is back in action — with one notable exception.

The beloved sitcom’s stars reunited on set Tuesday for a table read of the revival’s premiere episode, entitled “Twenty Years to Life.” ABC has released several photos of the cast and crew laughing as they go over the script for the episode that airs in 2018.

Among the cast members on hand were Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.), Lecy Goranson (Becky) and Sarah Chalke, who also played Becky but will originate a new character.

Not in attendance was Johnny Galecki (David), and ABC tells TheWrap that there is no confirmation on whether the “Big Bang Theory” star will participate in the reboot. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told reporters in August that talks with Galecki “are still in progress.”

The table read comes one day before the show hits the 29th anniversary of the original series’ premiere on Oct. 18, 1988.

The eight-episode revival from Carsey-Werner Television is executive produced by Barr, Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings and Tony Hernandez.

Pics from the table read can be seen in the tweet below.