The Roseanne revival series has gotten a March 27, 2018 premiere date from ABC. The network announced the revival last April, and in May officially picked it up for a mid-season debut. The show originally received an eight-episode order but ABC decided to bump that to nine.
Set in fictional Lanford, Roseanne (1988-1997) chronicled the working-class Conner family and their relatable everyday travails. Roseanne in a sense was a throwback to shows like Andy Griffith in its focus on rural life, a subject TV cared little about in the late '80s. Roseanne, however, differed from earlier depictions of small town living in its lack of sentimental varnish. Roseanne sometimes could be blunt, sometimes downright rude. Audiences embraced its honesty and made it a ratings giant.
Variety reports that ABC has now officially set a premiere date for Roseanne the revival. The show will debut on March 27 at 8 p.m ET/PT with a special hour-long premiere. It will then move to its regular Tuesday 8 p.m. time slot starting April 3, bumping The Middle to 8:30.
The original cast returns for Roseanne, including John Goodman - whose character Dan died of a heart attack in the old series' off-the-rails final season. Among other things, the revival gives Roseanne a chance to mend the errors of its ill-conceived and frankly awful season 9. Laurie Metcalf, a major Oscar contender thanks to Lady Bird, returns as Roseanne's promiscuous sister Jackie. Sara Gilbert returns as the rebellious Darlene. Johnny Galecki, whose post-Roseanne career has been fruitful, returns as David after a lengthy hold-out. Lecy Goranson returns as Becky, while her one-season Becky replacement Sarah Chalke also comes back as a new character. Estelle Parsons also returns as Roseanne's mom Bev, as does Sandra Bernhard as Nancy.
Roseanne will also explore a new generation of Conners. Ames McNamara plays Mark, David and Darlene's son (named after David's brother Mark, who was played by the late Glenn Quinn). Emma Kenney (Shameless) plays Harris, David and Darlene's daughter. Jayden Rey plays the daughter of the other Conner kid, D.J. (Michael Fishman, also returning).
With much of the original creative team re-assembling, Roseanne hopefully can recapture the spirit of the old show. The TV landscape has changed a lot since Roseanne first aired, but the show's sense of universal experience should still translate. There will just be a lot more cell phones and jokes about Facebook this time around.
Roseanne returns March 27, 2018 on ABC.