It was recently announced that ABC’s long-running sitcom “Roseanne” would be the latest TV classic to get a modern revival. Now comes news that the series will officially be back on ABC in 2018 at midseason. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement,“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.” But will the show finally be nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Emmys? It never contended for the top prize during its original run.
“Roseanne” previously ran for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997. It starred Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as Roseanne and Dan Conner, a working class couple in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, where they raise their children Becky (Lecy Goranson, who alternated in the role with Sarah Chalke), Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and D.J. (Michael Fishman). All of those actors will be back for the reboot (Goranson will play Becky, while Chalke will return in another role), as will Laurie Metcalf as Roseanne’s sister Jackie.
Metcalf won three Emmys for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (1992-1994) and Barr won Best Comedy Actress once (1993), but despite the show’s acclaim and high ratings it was never nominated for Best Comedy Series. The good news is that the ABC network has become the premier awards player for broadcast TV comedies. “Modern Family” recently tied “Frasier’s” record of five consecutive Comedy Series victories (2010-2014), and “Black-ish” earned its first bid in the top race last year. In fact, last year ABC was the only broadcast network represented in the Best Comedy Series lineup, which was dominated by cable and streaming options.
With ABC now leading the charge for broadcast comedies at the Emmys, will that give “Roseanne” enough of a boost to earn the show its first Best Comedy Series nom? It’s been 30 years in the making.
Barr will executive produce the revival along with Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings and Tony Hernandez. Let us know what you think about “Roseanne’s” return by joining the discussion with your fellow TV fans in our forums, and read more Gold Derby entertainment news.