While “Roseanne” was never nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Emmy Awards, more people have watched the trailer for its upcoming revival than that of another reboot, “Will & Grace,” which won TV’s top honor back in 2002. The Facebook post touting the return of “Roseanne” to ABC next spring has racked up 31 million views while NBC’s post promoting this fall’s premiere of “Will & Grace” has drawn 26 million.
“Roseanne” 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) while Barr claimed Best Comedy Actress once (1993). While the show never contended for the top award, since then the alphabet net 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. Last year, ABC was the only broadcast network represented in the Best Comedy Series lineup, which was dominated by cable and streaming options.