The Roseanne gang's back together!
Weeks after rumblings surfaced that a new series was in the works
, ABC made it official on Tuesday, announcing that it will be bringing back the iconic comedy series for an eight-episode reboot in 2018.
Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky) are all back in the saddle. Notably, Sarah Chalke -- who played Becky in later seasons of Roseanne's original ABC run -- will take on another character.
“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,” Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement.
The reboot will have to address one lingering question: Is Dan alive? In the series finale that aired in 1997, it was revealed that the heart attack Dan suffered at the end of season eight was fatal and that the entire ninth season, including the family winning the lottery, was a story dreamt up by Roseanne Conner.
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According to Deadline
, Barr revealed in 2009 how she would justify Goodman's presence in a revival, explaining that her TV husband, Dan, seemingly faked his own death and reappeared years later.
In late April, Barr took to Twitter
to say that she "of course" wants "to do a reboot of Roseanne
," citing the country's "new political reality" as for making "some great jokes."
Roseanne ran for nine seasons on ABC from 1988 to 1997, and was America's most-watched show from 1989 to 1990.