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Roseanne returns with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert on board

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Maybe the Conners winning the lottery wasn’t just a fantasy, as Deadline reports that a revival of the beloved 1990s sitcom Roseanne is in the works. According to Deadline’s sources, Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert are already on board, with Laurie Metcalf in talks to join them so we can settle the question once and for all if Jackie is a lesbian or what. (Which Becky will appear on the new series remains unclear.) The revival is being produced independently as an eight-episode limited series, with multiple suitors, including Netflix and original network ABC, reportedly looking to pick up the show.

Starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as the parents of an unruly clan in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, Roseanne, which ran on ABC from 1988 to 1997, remains notable for its realistic, humorous depiction of the the daily struggles of working-class Americans as well as its introduction of LGBTQ characters and issues. In 2009, Barr laid out her vision for the Connors in the 21st century on her website, as summarized by Deadline:

Roseanne and Jackie opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in Lanford; Dan reappearing alive after faking his death; DJ being published; Mark dying in Iraq; David leaving Darlene for a woman half his age; Darlene coming out, meeting a woman and having a baby with her; Becky working at Walmart; Arnie befriending the Governor of Illinois and remarrying Nancy, Bev selling a painting for $10,000; Jerry and the grandsons forming a boy band; and Bonnie being arrested for selling crack.


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