Grab your loose meat sandwich and pull up a seat on the faded couch, the Conners are coming back to TV! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hit series Roseanne is joining the revival trend. Creator and star Roseanne Barr is reportedly working on scripts for an 8-episode special, with series leads Sara Gilbert and John Goodman already signed on to reprise their roles as Darlene Conner and Dan Conner.
The two actors recently gave fans an idea of what a Roseanne revival would look like, with Goodman appearing on The Talk in March, the daytime talk show Gilbert hosts and executive produces. The former father-daughter on-screen duo recreated the iconic living room from the Roseanne set, afghan included.
Goodman sat down for an interview segment with the rest of the panel during his March appearance, and discussed the possibility of Roseanne jumping on the revival trend with shows like Gilmore Girls, The X Files, and Will and Grace. Goodman confirmed that although his character Dan was revealed, in the series finale, to have died from the heart attack he suffered at Darlene and David’s wedding, he would still be interested in reprising his role.
“Oh, hell yes,” Goodman responded when asked whether he’d be interested in throwing on a flannel shirt again to reprise his role as Dan Conner. Goodman noted that near the end of the series he was spending his summers off filming movies, leading to a burn out. “I didn’t know how good I had it at the time. I’m very grateful for that show. It really meant everything to me at the time and now.”
Series star Johnny Galecki, who played Darlene’s boyfriend David, has found both fame and fortune as Leonard Hoffsteder on The Big Bang Theory, recently signing on for two more seasons of the hit show. Laurie Metcalf, who played Roseanne’s sister Jackie Harris, has also maintained a successful TV career, appearing on The Big Bang Theory and starring in Getting On.
The series about a working-class family in Illinois ran from 1988 until 1997, winning four Emmys during its time on the air. Groundbreaking from the start, Roseanne depicted a realistic and relatable working class family, addressing financial struggles, abuse, racism, homophobia and more. Hilarious and touching, Roseanne bridged the gap between the purely comical and crude Married…With Children and the more idyllic family life portrayed on Home Improvement.
News of the revival of course leaves fans with many questions about what the upcoming episodes will include. Will the role of Becky be played by series original Lecy Goranson or Sarah Chalke, who took over the role for two seasons? Will the chicken shirt that each character wore at some point during the show make a reappearance? And of course, will Wellman Plastics supervisor, Booker be back? We hear the actor who played him has done pretty well.