The Roseanne cast is back together again for the 2018 reboot— and we couldn’t be more excited.
Back in November, Roseanne Barr cleared up many fan suspicions and revealed that Johnny Galecki is returning to the show for the revival. And now that the series finally airs tonight, we can’t wait to see Johnny in his former role again.
“We have got our Johnny Galecki back on Roseanne this episode — what a joy to work with such a deeply empathetic actor,” she wrote at the time. “Very moving 4 all of us. #JOY.” Johnny will seemingly come back as Darlene’s husband, David Healy.
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and more previously reunited at the first table read. The fun event occurred just one day before the 29th anniversary of the show, which originally ran for nine seasons from 1988 until 1997. In several photos shared by ABC, original actors Roseanne (Roseanne Conner), John (Dan Conner), Laurie (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner-Healy), Michael Fishman (D.J. Conner), Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner), and Sarah Chalke (Becky Conner in later seasons) were seen reading the script for the first episode — titled “Twenty Years to Life” — of the eight-episode revival. Many then appeared in the first trailer and opening credits as well.
In recent months, much of the original cast has spoken out about the upcoming reboot show. “What we’ve heard from Roseanne is she’s very excited about the show,” ABC President Channing Dungey previously said. Thank goodness she’s returning — I mean, would the show even be called Roseanne without her? The most shocking revival news was that John’s character Dan — who died in the 1997 series finale — is coming back, too.
In a previous interview, John shared how he thinks the writers will address that. “I don’t know,” he told ABC News. “I think they’re just going to ignore it.” He added, “There might be a funny reference to it.”
In the first trailer for the series, we got a glimpse of that funny reference! Roseanne screamed at a sleeping Dan, and when he woke up, she exclaimed, “I thought you were dead!” We wonder if they’ll further address it in the reboot.
The _Roseanne_ cast at the table read.
In addition to your favorite sitcom couple, we’ve also learned that stars Michael, Sara, Lecy, and Laurie, will all reprise their original Roseanne roles. Sarah will additionally appear in the reboot, but in a different role since the original Becky is coming back, too. She will play Andrea, a middle-class married woman, who hires Becky as her surrogate.
During another previous interview, Sara revealed the cast gave some input on their characters’ storylines for the reboot. “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?'” she 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.”
The new show will additionally feature a “gender creative” character in the new cast. Allegedly, Darlene and David’s nine-year-old son, Mark, will be portrayed as “sensitive” and “effeminate” and having “qualities of both male and female young child traits.”
The cast of Roseanne.
“He’s not a transgender character. He’s a little boy. He’s based on a few kids in my life that are boys who dress in more traditionally feminine clothing. He’s too young to be gay and he doesn’t identify as transgender, but he just likes wearing that kind of clothing and that’s where he is at this point in his life,” Sara previously said of her on-screen son. “[He] represents the world. This is a show that’s always been able to represent the world and talk about it without being so issue-heavy. We can do it through the dynamics of the family. I know kids like that and it seemed like a great character. One kid in particular that I know is so sweet, funny, charming, and great.” We can’t wait to watch tonight!