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If you’re one of the many fans who can’t wait for the revival of the sitcom classic “Roseanne,” we have an exciting update for you. The reboot of the beloved show is officially in production, and the first photos of the cast have been released!
Check out this tweet from the show’s Twitter account with photos from the first table read.
It includes all of your favorite stars from the show, including Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky). Also pictured are director John Pasquin and new executive producer Whitney Cummings, among others.
— Roseanne on ABC (@RoseanneOnABC) October 17, 2017
Everyone seems to be having a great time, and it certainly looks like the jokes are flying. “#Roseanne is coming back to ABC in 2018! Here’s a look at the first table read!” reads the caption.
Fans Can’t Wait For The Sitcom To Return
Fans went crazy when they saw the photos, with the tweet having now been re-tweeted over 500 times.
“I can’t wait for the revival, congratulations to the cast and crew,” read one comment.
“This brings tears to my eyes, I’m so happy! This show means so much to me,” said another.
“YES! I didn’t know this was a thing! I’m so excited! The Halloween episodes were THE BEST!” declared another.
Will Johnny Galecki Join The Cast?
Other fans pointed out one notable absence from the photo: Johnny Galecki, who played Darlene’s boyfriend, David. It’s unclear as to whether Galecki (who was most recently on “The Big Bang Theory”) will be a part of the new show.
Back in August, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that talks to bring Galecki back are “ongoing,” according to Us Weekly.
How Will The Show Handle Dan’s Death?
Unfortunately, further details about the new show are scarce, but eight episodes are planned to premiere in 2018 on ABC, according to Entertainment Weekly. And despite the fact the character of Dan died of a heart attack in season finale of the original “Roseanne,” he will appear in the new series.
The original sitcom aired for nine years between 1988 and 1997. It became the most-watched show in 1989-1990, according to Nielsen ratings. In its rise to the top, the show knocked The Cosby Show from a longstanding position at No. 1.
The show won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards.
We can’t wait for the first episode. If you need to get caught up Amazon has all nine seasons of “Roseanne available for streaming online.
“Will & Grace” Has Also Returned To TV
Another much-loved sitcom found its way back to TV this year. “Will & Grace” hit the airwaves in 1998, the year after “Roseanne” aired its final episode, and was broadcast for eight seasons until 2006.
Just last month, the sitcom made its return to TV on NBC.
The original show was nominated for 83 Emmy Awards, winning 16. “Will & Grace” is credited as being largely responsible for bringing LGBTQ topics to the forefront of the entertainment industry (along with “Ellen,” of course) and was the highest-rated sitcom in the adults 18-49 demo for four straight years from 2001 to 2005.
All four of the original cast members are back for 16 new episodes, which, by the way, now includes a second season with 13 additional episodes.
If you need to catch up: All 194 original episodes are now available for streaming on Hulu!
You can also watch “Will & Grace” on the NBC app or on-demand through satellite, cable and telco pay TV providers.
“As we gear up for the launch of the upcoming season premiere, I can’t think of a better way to reintroduce ‘Will & Grace’ to the cultural zeitgeist than by giving audiences the opportunity to watch this historic and hilarious series wherever and whenever they want,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a press release. “With its witty comebacks, pop-culture references and social commentary, ‘Will & Grace’ is one of the most binge-able comedies in television history, and I am certain fans both old and new will jump on this opportunity to devour it.”
The show airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC (or Fridays on Hulu)!