It's official: Roseanne is headed back to ABC.
An eight-episode reboot featuring the original cast — Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, and Lecy Goranson, the original Becky – will air in 2018, the network announced Tuesday. Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), who played Becky in later seasons of the show, will also take part, but in another role.
No word on how Goodman's presence will be explained: His character died at the end of the original series.
(Or did he?)
"We found out we had a whole lot more to say," Roseanne told advertisers at ABC's presentation of its 2017-18 plans on Tuesday afternoon.
It appears last week's two-season order for ABC's The Goldbergs was the network's good news for creator Adam F. Goldberg, who's already mined his 1980s childhood in Jenkintown for four seasons and will now have at least two more.
ABC already had canceled another Goldberg-produced show, Imaginary Mary, and ABC will not be going forward with a proposed spin-off of the comedy that would have involved characters from The Goldbergs in the 1990s at a school based on William Penn Charter School, from which Goldberg graduated.
The network, which canceled a number of shows last week, has picked up at least 10 new scripted series, five of them for fall, as well as the onetime Fox powerhouse American Idol, which is expected to premiere early next year.
Other highlights of ABC's plans, which were presented to advertisers in New York on Tuesday afternoon by ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey: