Ahead of the Roseanne TV show revival, Deadline reports ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey has confirmed that the death of Dan Conner (John Goodman) will be ignored in the tenth season. She also revealed that talks are underway to bring Johnny Galecki back as David Healy.
As previously reported, Roseanne, season 10, will also feature Roseanne Barr as Roseanne; Sara Gilbert as Darlene; Laurie Metcalf as Jackie; Michael Fishman as D.J.; and Lecy Goranson as Becky. Scrubs‘ Sarah Chalke, who played the second version of Becky, will also appear in an undisclosed role in the ABC sitcom.
Here’s more from Deadline:
“I can confirm that Dan is still alive,” [Dungey] said. As for whether the show will re-frame other factors in the previous ending, such as Roseanne’s sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalfe) coming out as gay, Dungey was tight-lipped. However, she did admit that Johnny Galecki may indeed return to the show in the role of David, although as yet, nothing is confirmed, as she said, “Those conversations are still in progress.”
Roseanne Barr – the show’s namesake – is on board, Dungey said. “What we’ve heard from Roseanne is she’s very excited about the show and she is going to be on the show,” she said.
As for assurances that the show will not devolve into what happened in Season 9 when Barr had creative control, Dungey said, “We’ve now heard the broad strokes of the eight episodes of the show, and we feel really confident that this will return to the show that we know and loved.” When asked whether the show will be tonally similar to what we’ve seen before, Dungey said, “It is honest, it is irreverent at times, and it’s also really, really funny.”
She added that the show would be “very topical,” but would not deal with Trump directly. “We’re not talking specifically about the universe that we live in, in that way,” she said, “but we are addressing issues like foreclosure; we’re addressing how difficult it is for people to get medical insurance; we’re talking about topics in a bigger broader way, and we’re not necessarily talking about the occupants of the White House.”
Roseanne, season 10, is slated to begin shooting in October of this year.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the Roseanne TV series revival? Do you plan to check it out, when it premieres on ABC?