‘Roseanne’ revival: Get ready for even more episodes in season 2 of reboot after record ratings for return

After the return of “Roseanne” racked up record ratings for ABC, it is no surprise that the alphabet network is ordering more seasons of this reboot. The first episode of this revival, which was an hour-long, brought us up to date on the Conner clan. While there are only seven more installments this season, expect far more visits to Lanford, Illinois next year.

This was the same pattern that played out with “Will & Grace.” NBC originally ordered 13 episodes of that Emmy favorite after the cast reunited to make a mini-episode in support of Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 presidential bid. The peacock network was so pleased with the results that it renewed the show for a second season of 13 episodes even before the first episode of the revival aired. It upped that renewal order to 18 after the socko ratings for the reboot came in and squeezed three more episodes into the first season order. And NBC just locked in a deal for a third season of “Will & Grace,” to begin in the fall of 2019.

On Tuesday night (March 27), a whopping 18 million Americans parked themselves on the couch to watch the “Roseanne” premiere, “Twenty Years to Life.” That title was a sly reference to the fact that it was two decades ago that the show ended. It ran for nine seasons then, so this makes the reboot season 10. Could we see it run for another 10? Series star and co-creator Roseanne Barr would certainly be happy if that were the case.

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With the shift in network scheduling, shows like “Roseanne” and “Will & Grace” no longer need to produce the 22 to 24 episodes per season that they did in their original runs. This allows the reunited casts plenty of time to pursue other projects while still making merry with the shows that launched their careers.

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