When I first heard a couple of weeks ago that the former TV show "Roseanne" is being revived for at least eight episodes, I was thrilled!
Yes. I said thrilled. It's OK. You aren't the only one surprised by that. But believe it or not, "Roseanne," is one of my all-time favorite shows. I grew up watching the Conner Family from the living room of my barely middle class home from 1988 to 1997.
The show perfectly displayed a family struggling to make ends meet while dealing with the everyday realities of life. The writers were really able to show the family's dedication to each other, despite the ups and downs.
My parents were always like a mild version of "Dan" and "Roseanne." My dad was a blue collar worker ... carpenter. And my mom worked a couple little jobs when I was really young, but for the most part was a homemaker. My sweet mom was a way-milder version of "Roseanne," but still I related to the family.
I was a little like "Becky" until about age 16, when I turned into "Darlene" for a couple of years! I also had a brother in the house.
We had a few family members who would drop by and visit unannounced, and crazy family holidays. But no matter how "crazy" things got, in the end, we were still a family.
"Roseanne," was also an inspiration to me as a writer. If you watched the series, and you remember how it ended, the you may understand.
Spoiler Alert for those who haven't watched the series' finale - "Roseanne" was writing the story about her life but changing key aspects in order to help herself deal with what was really happening.
I understand that. Writing has always been like therapy for me, just as it was for "Roseanne." Many writers use the written word as an escape or a way to mold situations in their lives. Sometimes, it's just making things more exciting or fun, but other times it's about making things easier. Therefore, for me, it was an inspirational show, personally and as a writer.
I own a couple of the last seasons on DVD. Watching it, I remembered how I felt upon the revelation that "Roseanne" was writing the story and changing what had "really happened." At first, I felt deceived. But then I felt inspired and motivated. It made me feel like I could achieve whatever I wanted if I made it happen.
One key thing "Roseanne" changed was that her loving, hard-working husband, "Dan," had died. According to recent information online, "Dan" played by veteran actor John Goodman will be a part of the "Roseanne" revival. Roseanne Barr was quoted several years ago as saying that maybe †he show would write-in that he faked his death. I'm not sure if that is the plan or not, but either way, I'm happy he will still be with the Conners.
With the new episodes, I also asked myself "What about Mark?" "Mark Healy" played by actor Glenn Quinn played the oldest Conner girl "Becky's" husband. Quinn was found dead in Los Angeles of an overdose in 2002.
After doing some online reading, I think the new show is going to show him as a member of the military who is killed.
"Becky" who was played by both Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke during the course of the nine-year sitcom, will be played by the original actress Goranson.
The new episodes will also feature original cast members Barr, Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and Michael Fishman.
Also, I'm excited to see if "David" played by "The Big Bang Theory's" Johnny Galecki will be included in the "Roseanne" revival. I grew up watching "David" and "Darlene" fall in love, get married and have a baby. It will be nice to see them all after 20 years!
Now on a less serious note, I wonder if the infamous chicken shirt will make an appearance. You literally see almost every family member wear the shirt that features chickens and egg silhouettes. It also appears as an apron and in other forms throughout the series. I hope they got a new one, because it may be pretty smelly by now! The new show will air on ABC in 2018.
April Barbe is the editor of the Progress; however, she is also a part-time screenwriter. She has written and directed three short films and served as a casting director. April has also worked as a production assistant, co-producer and publicist on feature films in Texas.