In the new age of reviving just about every movie ever made, TV shows have been trying to follow suit to the silver screen, though a bit risky it seems to have worked well for NBC’s Will & Grace. So it was only a matter of time before ABC gave it a go, and what show did they choose? Roseanne!
Who can forget that laugh? The long running 1990S comedy about the Conners, a blue-collar family living in Lanford, Illinois, is coming back to our TV screens sooner rather than later. ABC is planning a special hourlong premiere for Roseanne at 8 p.m. ET on March 27. The sitcom will settle into its regular time slot of 8 p.m. ET on April 3.
Having wrapped up production in Studio City, California, on December 15, teasers and table reads have been aired to keep us all on the edge of our seats. The show was so beloved, that ABC managed to gather the complete original cast, they also added new series regulars and notable returning guest stars.
The revival will explore life, death and everything in between and will tackle today’s issues through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the Conner household. However, fans did have one question… What’s going to happen to Becky?
When producers decided to revive Roseanne, they didn’t want to do it without Sarah Chalke, who took over the role of Becky Conner in season 6 after Lecy Goranson went off to college. But they couldn’t have two Beckys for the reboot, so showrunners came up with an ingenious, if not surprising, way to incorporate Chalke into the action.
Chalke will play a middle-class married woman named Andrea who hires Becky (Goranson) to serve as her surrogate. The plot twist not only leads to some drama within the Conner family but it gives the producers a chance to wink at how important both women were to series, which aired from 1988 to 1997.
But another question arose among those who followed the show to it’s bitter end… What about Dan’s death? ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey simply states we should all ignore that. He told reporters in August of this year:
“I wouldn’t say that it is ignoring the events of the finale, but I can confirm that Dan is definitely still alive.”
Viewers will see that not much has changed in the working-class home of Roseanne and her husband, Dan (John Goodman). Showrunner Bruce Helford released a statement:
“You will feel the emotion from seeing that set again. It will be an extra-special experience.”