Ugh, we seriously cannot wait for the Roseanne reboot to premiere! Though the new show isn’t set to air on ABC until next year, fans of the 90s sitcom can’t stop posing questions about how the revival will address the past Roseanne series finale.
During the 2017 TCA Summer Press Tour, President of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey candidly discussed the reboot — and revealed the upcoming series will erase some of the major plot points of Roseanne‘s 1997 finale episode. “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,” Dungey said, according to E! News.
When the blue-collar sitcom previously came to an end after nine seasons, protagonist Roseanne Conner (played by Roseanne Barr) confessed her beloved husband, Dan Conner (John Goodman), tragically died of a heart attack. Additionally, it was revealed that the entire series was actually a story 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. Thank goodness John will be returning as Dan for the revival!
Though Dungey didn’t give many more details about the Roseanne reboot’s storyline, she did confess the new show will maintain the same comedic tone and overall feel as the original program. “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, according to E! News.
“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,” Dungey continued.