‘Roseanne’ returns to ABC in late March

Not quite 21 years after it last aired on ABC, “Roseanne” will be back on the air.

The network announced the show’s return date early Friday: “Roseanne” will premiere with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday, March 27.

It will stay in the 8 o’clock timeslot starting April 3. “The Middle” will move back to 8:30 for its final episodes. (“Fresh Off the Boat” will have finished its season by then.)

Production on “Roseanne’s” nine-episode revival wrapped this week. The entire original cast — Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Jayden Rey — will reprise their roles. Sarah Chalke, who replaced Goranson as Becky for several seasons, will also appear, but in a different role.

In the final season of the original show, Goodman’s Dan Conner was revealed to have died. Barr has promised the revival will explain Dan’s return.

A number of recurring guests from the original show, including Sandra Bernhard, Estelle Parsons, Natalie West, James Pickens Jr. and Adilah Barnes, will also appear.

March is shaping up as a big month for ABC. It has the Oscars on March 4, and a week later the network’s revival of “American Idol” debuts.

“Roseanne” was a top-10 series in the ratings for each of its first seven seasons. It tailed off a little in its final two years, finishing 16th in 1995-96 and 35th in 1996-97. Its then-series finale aired May 20, 1997.