It took five years of blockbuster ratings for “Roseanne” on ABC before its star and co-creator Roseanne Barr finally won an Emmy Award. With a big smile she proclaims, “I was just overwhelmed. It was awesome. I was sad I couldn’t be there” about her first and only (so far) Emmy victory. We recently chatted with Barr on the red carpet of the Hollywood premiere of the revival for “Roseanne” (watch above), which returns to the alphabet network this week almost 30 years after the original debuted.
The working class comedy began in 1988 and was one of ABC’s top hits for almost a decade. The show never received a Best Comedy Series nomination, and it took until the fourth season before both Barr and fictional sister Laurie Metcalf received nominations. Metcalf took home a trophy on her first try in 1992 (followed by two more), but Barr would need to wait an extra year until 1993 to triumph. Leading actor John Goodman reaped seven nominations but never won for his role as Dan Conner.
In our interview Barr refers to the fact she couldn’t attend that year’s ceremony and adds the following about her trophy: “I keep it in my living room in Los Angeles. I have a home here and keep it right there on my piano.”
The original series was about Roseanne and Dan Conner raising their three young children (Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman) living just above the poverty line in Illinois. For this 10th season many years later, all cast members are returning along with newly-seen grandchildren of the Conners. Two debut episodes air on Tuesday, March 27, for a fairly short 10-episode season.
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