In case you blocked this out, because you’ve been hearing about too many other TV exhumations of late, ABC is bringing back “Roseanne.” And the network honchos appear to like what they see of the revival: They just upped the episode order to nine, set to premiere sometime next year.
The new “Roseanne” will include most of the original stars, including Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Michael Fishman (DJ), and Lecy Goranson (Becky). Sarah Chalke, who played the second Becky after Goranson went to college, will also return to the revival, but in a different role.
The show originally ran from 1988-97, and it was considered groundbreaking for a number of reasons, not least of all for putting a struggling working-class family at the center of the story. Will time be kind to “Roseanne”? Will the new show have the progressive edge of its early years? Or will it simply be a bit of feelgood nostalgia, a balm for these times?Matthew Gilbert can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.