ABC Bringing Back One of Its Most Beloved Shows
'Roseanne' reboot will feature original characters
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2017 1:14 AM CDT
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The original cast of "Roseanne."   (Dan Watson/ABC via AP)

(Newser) Roseanne's return to TV has been confirmed, 20 years to the week after the beloved sitcom's final episode aired. ABC, the show's original network, announced Tuesday that it has ordered an eight-episode run of the revived show, which will air mid-season, E! Online reports. The network says the reboot will feature Roseanne's original cast, including Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, and John Goodman, despite the fact that Goodman's character, dad Dan Conner, died during the show's final season. Barr and Gilbert will be among the executive producers of the show, which won 17 Emmys during its nine-season run.

Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, and Lecy Goranson will also be back as Jackie, DJ, and Becky. "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," ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the revival comes amid a push by networks to find shows that appeal to working-class Americans like the just-getting-by Conner family depicted in Roseanne.

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