“Roseanne” will be back in her old TV home sometime during the 2017-18 season.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed Tuesday that the network has landed the revival of the classic sitcom. Earlier reports about the reboot suggested Netflix was also in contention for the show, but it wound up in the place where it aired for nine seasons.
“We’re rebooting ‘Roseanne’!” Dungey said with a laugh when asked if she could reveal anything about the reboot. That’s about all there is to know at the moment.
“The one thing I will say is it is planned for midseason,” Dungey says. “Other than that, we’re still at the early stages.”
The entire original cast — Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman — is set to return. Sarah Chalke, who played Becky for several seasons while Goranson attended college, will also return — though in a different role.
Barr and Gilbert will also serve executive producers of the revival, along with the original series’ EP Tom Werner. Sitcom veteran Bruce Helford, who worked on “Roseanne” in 1992-93, comedian and writer Whitney Cummings and Tony Hernandez (“Broad City,” “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”) are also exec producers.
How the show handles Goodman’s return remains to be seen. The final season of the original run revealed his character, Roseanne’s husband Dan, had died of a heart attack. Barr wrote in a blog post several years ago that should a reunion show happen, Dan would “show up alive after faking his death.”
The “Roseanne” reboot is set to run for eight episodes. No date has been set for its return.