‘Roseanne’ Cast Returning for 8-Episode Reboot

A Roseanne reboot is on the way with the original cast set to return.

US network ABC has greenlit a new chapter of the comedy sitcom two decades after it wrapped. Cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson have all signed up to reprise their roles. Sarah Chalke, who replaced Goranson as Becky Conner in later seasons, has signed on to appear in another role.

“The Conners’ joys and struggles are as relevant — and hilarious — today as they were then, and there’s really no one better to comment on our modern America than <Roseanne,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement.

Lasting nine seasons from 1988 until 1997, Roseanne followed the ups and downs of Illinois working-class family the Conners. It was quite the hit series during its lengthy run, reaching the top spot in the Nielsen ratings and locking itself in as the most-watched TV show in the US from ’89 to ’90. Viewership dropped after that, but not by too much; Roseanne’s ratings kept in the top four for six seasons and in the top twenty for eight.

Fans of the classic show may be wondering just what will be in store in the reboot, especially after the shocking finale. Spoilers ahead. The final episode revealed that the entire series was actually a story, one that Roseanne Conner had written to help her deal with some devastating developments. We found out that Dan’s heart attack in season 8 was in fact fatal, that the Conner family never won the lottery, that Jackie was a lesbian and Beverly was actually straight.

Eight episodes have been ordered for this reboot, with a plan to air sometime in 2018.