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All Beckys to Report to the Roseanne Revival

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ABC has confirmed that the rumored Roseanne reboot has been greenlit for an eight-episode run to begin next year. Deadline reports that John Goodman has been cast to return, which maybe means that Dan didn’t die after all, as was revealed on the series finale. Or maybe Dan is dead and he’s just...come back, as they sometimes do. (Deadline points to a 2009 blog post in which Roseanne Bar wrote that Dan could come back on a reunion show by revealing that he faked his own death.)

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In fact, the entire original cast of the show’s nuclear family is set to return, including both actors who played Becky: Lecy Goranson, who originated the role, and Sarah Chalke, who took over the role when Goranson left the show multiple times. Deadline says Goranson will play Becky, while Chalke “will also appear in another role” (note Chalke made a cameo during the show’s 1995 Halloween episode, after Goranson had rejoined the cast). I think they should both play Becky in the reboot, switching off randomly like Carole Bouquet and Ángela Molina in That Obscure Object of Desire, but sadly, ABC doesn’t care about my opinions or Buñuel references.

As far as the show’s actual content, Deadline says, “The Conner family will continue to deal with the economic challenges of living pay check to pay check in 2018.” The more things (and Beckys) change, the more they stay the same.

Some Pig. Terrific. Radiant. Humble.

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I can picture the first scene, showing the living room and Roseanne walking in with some kind of sarcastic quip, “We’re baaaaack!” or “I must be dreaming!” followed by some thinly veiled Trump fodder.

I’m one of the biggest fans of the show, have gone to bed to them for the last 15 years and know almost every line. The comedy is unique and timeless. The show stands out from all others as it didn’t try too hard to force feed a good message at the end of each episode; at least not until the later seasons. It also has a very natural candor, and situations didn’t seem set up on a per episode basis, as most sitcoms do, but more slice of life. It’s also one of the only sitcoms to briefly mention my other obsession, Showgirls.

With all the cheeky/shitty reunions (*cough* Full House, Girl Meets World) and the political climate, there’s no more relevant time than for Roseanne to come back. And since ABC got it, they are likely in it for the long haul and not just one-off season. I know that some of the original writers/producers are on board too.

I just hope they harness the magic of seasons 4 - 6, as the later seasons progressively got a bit off track and little too preachy. Roseanne herself is also a bit off track different than she was in the 90s, which could color this season too (check out her Twitter).

Another thing to add to the mix is their kids will all will be teenagers. Harris (Darlene/David), Jerry (Roseanne/Dan), and Andy (Jackie/Fred). Glenn Quinn (Mark) died, so they’ll likely have an episode dedicated to him and explain his absence. Conversely, John Goodman is much alive, so they will have to explain his appearance.

I also hope that Bonnie Bramlett (Bonnie), Sandra Bernhard (Nancy), Martin Mull (Leon), and Estelle Parsons (Bev) make appearances. And it would be a hoot if Tom Arnold stepped on for a sec. Maybe Bonnie can sing the theme song at least? Does anyone think Natalie West (Crystal) will make it on? Or Ned Beatty (Ed Conner)?

So, it will be interesting to see where/how this goes. I can’t wait!

Also, if you’re anywhere near as obsessed as I am, here’s a rare brit documentary, “Feeding the Monster, A Week in the Life of Roseanne.”