ABC Confirms That a 'Roseanne' Revival Is Happening

By: Joe Hyer

May 16, 2017

Cue that iconic harmonica. We're officially heading back to Lanford, Illinois. Yes, Dan Conner and BOTH Becky's will be heading to Lanford. 

ABC just announced moments ago (May 16) that a revival of the 90s sitcom Roseanne is coming to your television (or streaming device) in 2018. So what do we know about the show? Here are the five things we know so far. 

  1. PREMIERE DATE - The updated show is expected to premiere in the middle of the 2017/2018 television season, according to ABC's release. We'll see the Conners still living pay check to pay check in today's society, they say. 
  2. PRODUCTION - Sara Gilbert (who plays Darlene Conner) and comedian Whitney Cummings will actually join the team of producers for the series. They will work alongside the series' original producers (Roseanne Barr, Tom Werner and Bruce Helford) on the show. 
  3. CASTING - The show's original cast will all be there. Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Lecy Goranson (Becky) Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Aunt Jackie), and Michael Fishman (DJ) are all on board.
  4. THE "BECKY SITUATION" - Both actresses (Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke) who played Becky on the hit show will be part of the revival. Goranson (original Becky) will reprise the role of Becky Conner. Sarah Chalke (replacement Becky) is expected to appear in “another role" on the show. 

  5. THE "DAN SITUATION" - If you'll recall, the character of Dan Conner (played by John Goodman) died of a heart attack in the show's finale. In 2009, however, Roseanne Barr says she imagined that Dan would likely have faked his own death

Roseanne originally ran on ABC for 9 seasons (1988 through 1997).