Roseanne Ready for a Revival

The growing trend for classic TV shows getting remade may have another series joining the fold. In preliminary discussions, Rosanne Barr, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert have all expressed a willingness to bring Roseanne back for an eight episode run. The sitcom, which ran for nine seasons from 1988-1997, is considered by many to be one of the finest television shows to depict an American working class family.


The show’s finale was also controversial. In the last episode, Barr’s lead character Roseanne Connor revealed that the previous eight seasons were only a fiction that the character had made up. Barr and original series producers Bruce Helford and Tom Werner are expected to address continuity issues resulting from this finale if they plan to use Goodman, whose character died in the season previous.


Roseanne was a popular and critical hit when it originally aired, receiving numerous Emmy and Golden Globe awards. It has been run in perennial syndication since leaving the air, most recently appearing on the Nick at Nite and Oxygen networks. Both ABC and Netflix have expressed interest in picking up this series remake.


The show would join other popular shows of the 1980s and 1990s in returning to the air for an updated run. These include Full House, Will and Grace, The X-Files, and others, proving that a good series will always find a new audience.



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