Deadline reports that everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, blue-collar family from the ‘90s is making a return to television. An eight-episode limited series revival of Roseanne is in the works, “with the key cast members reprising their roles, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert, with Laurie Metcalf and others in the process of joining them.”
Right now it’s unclear if Roseanne will return to its home at ABC since a bidding war is in process, with Netflix also eyeing up the new series. In case you lived under a rock during the ‘90s, Roseanne centered on the Conner family in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois where their pockets were empty, but life was good — and, yes, often difficult. The series explored taboo topics for the time like abortion, racism, sex, alcoholism, and drugs. Deadline reminds us of Roseanne’s vision for a revival, published on her website in 2009:
Barr gave her detailed take on where each of the main characters from the show would be in a possible Roseanne revival: Roseanne and Jackie opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in Lanford; Dan reappearing alive after faking his death; DJ being published; Mark dying in Iraq; David leaving Darlene for a woman half his age; Darlene coming out, meeting a woman and having a baby with her; Becky working at Walmart; Arnie befriending the governor of Illinois and remarrying Nancy; Bev selling a painting for $10,000; Jerry and the grandsons forming a boy band; and Bonnie being arrested for selling crack.
Will Roseanne follow in the footsteps of The X-Files and Gilmore Girls?