We can officially begin our countdowns — the Roseanne reboot finally has a premiere date! ABC announced on Friday, Dec. 15 that the first episode will air on Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. with a special one-hour-long episode. It will continue with half-hour episodes beginning on Tuesday, April 3 from 8 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. So exciting! Scroll down to learn more about the upcoming revival.
Who from the cast is coming back for the Roseanne reboot?
Luckily, much of the original cast is coming back for the show's revival! We can expect to see Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner, Johnny Galecki as David Healy, and Sarah Chalke, whose new role has finally bee revealed!
Sarah took over Lecy's role on the sitcom when she left in Season 6 for college but since Lecy is coming back as Becky for the reboot, producers still wanted to fit Sarah into the show. That said, Sarah has an exciting new role for the revival! According to Entertainment Weekly, Sarah will portray Andrea, a middle-class married woman, who hires Becky as her surrogate. Interesting!
Sarah as Becky in Roseanne. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I love the part! It’s such a fun part to play," Sarah told EW. "I was so excited to hear that it was coming back. I think the timing is perfect. I think it’s exactly what is needed right now. Right now when the country is so divided, I really think it’s a show that brings people together. The writing is so unbelievable. It’s so funny." We can't wait to see you in your new role, Sarah!
While on The Talk over the summer, Sarah Gilbert also revealed that the cast gave some input on their characters' storylines this time around. "I don’t think that an actor’s voice is going to trump a writer or anything like that, but we have been putting together the Roseanne reboot [and] we went to all the actors and said 'Where do you think your character is?'" Sara said. "Now, nobody had, like, a major diva moment, like, 'My character has to be this, or has to be that,' and ultimately it will be in the writers' hands, but I think it’s so valuable, no one does know their character as well as the people who play them, in a certain way."
As far as new faces, ABC has cast Shamless star Emma Rose Kenney as David and Darlene's daughter. Estelle Parsons, Sandra Bernhard, Natalie West, James Pickens Jr., and Adilah Barnes, will also guest-star on the series.
What will be the Roseanne reboot plot?
It's been confirmed that the show's wacky series finale won't go unnoticed. If you remember, the show ended with Roseanne revealing that her husband Dan had died of a heart attack. On top of that, it was revealed that the story was written by Roseanne about her life and major elements of the plot — including the Conners winning $108 million in the Illinois lottery — were actually fiction.
"I'm not going to talk too specifically about the season... I wouldn't say that it's ignoring the events of the finale, but I can say that Dan is definitely alive," President of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey shared.
John also revealed how they will address his death. "I don't know. I think they're just going to ignore it." He added, "There might be a funny reference to it."
"It's going to be all new turf. We were in our 40s when we left off," the 65-year-old actor said. "I myself have applied for Medicare. We’re going to have grandkids. It's just like a new life. I don’t know what they're going to do, but I'm excited to try it this way."
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How many episodes are in the Roseanne reboot?
The reboot will be eight episodes, but we bet it will get picked up for even more after it airs! The cast wrapped up filming the final episode on Friday, Dec. 15, E! News reports.
Dungey opened up about the episodes. "We had a lot of conversations with [executive producer] Tom Werner when he first came in. We've now heard the broad strokes of the creative [direction] for these eight episodes and feel confident that it'll return to the show we all love," she said. "It is very much tonally similar to the original show. It is unflinching, it is honest, it is irreverent at times, and it's also really, really funny. Very topical. We're not talking specifically about the universe that we live in in that way, but we are addressing issues like foreclosure. We're addressing how difficult it is for people to get medical insurance. We're talking about topics in a bigger, broader way. We're not necessarily talking about the occupants of the White House."
How can I binge-watch Roseanne before the reboot premiere?
Don't worry, there are ways to catch up on the first nine seasons ahead of the revival! Netflix offers all the seasons on DVD. On top of that, all the episodes are available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Get watching — you only have a few months left before the reboot starts!