Source: Hollywood Reporter
It’s official: Roseanne is returning to ABC.
The network has handed out a straight-to-series order to a revival of the wildly popular family sitcom headlined by comedian Roseanne Barr. The reboot will debut sometime midseason on the network.
The pickup comes almost exactly 20 years after the Emmy-winning multicam went off the air. The revival, news of which broke several weeks ago, sparked interest from several platforms including Netflix. The project was spearheaded by star Sara Gilbert, who played daughter Darlene and who currently hosts and exec produces the CBS daytime show The Talk.
Also onboard to return are Barr and her longtime TV husband John Goodman (despite the fact that his character died of a heart attack during the series’ run.) Other cast members from the original series, including Laurie Metcalf and Johnny Galecki, although its unclear how the Big Bang Theory star will juggle the two projects.
Gilbert will executive produce with original series exec producers Barr, Tom Werner and Bruce Helford.
Roseanne centered on the working-class Conner family in Illinois and ran on ABC from 1988-1997. At its peak, Roseanne ranked as the top series on television during the 1989-1990 season and drew nearly 17 million viewers for its final episode. The series has continued to air in reruns on TV Land, CMT and Logo.
The pickup comes as networks, including ABC, have worked to hard to better appeal to working class middle America in the wake of Donald Trump’s stunning defeat over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. “[The election] made the ground shake underneath media,” TLC president Nancy Daniels told THR in December, “and now everybody is taking a hard look: Are we telling the right stories? Are we reaching the right people?”
Roseanne is just the latest in a long line of revivals which also includes NBC’s Will & Grace, as well as 24, Prison Break and The X-Files – which will return with another 10 episodes in 2018 – on Fox. ABC’s cult beloved mystery Twin Peaks is also getting the revival treatment, albeit on Showtime.
Roseanne will be one of two revivals on the Disney-owned broadcaster. The network beat out NBC and Fox to resurrect American Idol only a year after Fox opted to cancel the singing competition. On the unscripted, ABC has also found success with revivals of game shows like Match Game and $100,000 Pyramid.
Roseanne‘s straight-to-series pickup also comes as broadcast networks are seemingly veering away from multi-cam projects. The format is still popular on CBS, which is home to Big Bang Theory, Mom, Kevin Can Wait, Superior Donuts and Man With a Plan. (The first two are executive produced by former Roseanne writer Chuck Lorre.)
In addition to the Will & Grace revival, NBC has The Carmichael Show and Marlon, both of which are being held for summer. Fox has zero. ABC’s only other multi-cams, Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken, hail from outside studio 20th Century Fox Television.