Sometimes you can go home again.
The eagerly anticipated revival of blue-collar family sitcom Roseanne will premiere Tuesday, March 27, 2018. ABC announced the premiere date Friday in a tweet promising the “same couch, same cast, same laugh.”
As first reported in April, the revived series will reunite most of its original cast, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Johnny Galecki, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson, and Sarah Chalke.
— Roseanne on ABC (@RoseanneOnABC) December 15, 2017
It was confirmed last week that fan favorites Sandra Bernhard and Estelle Parsons, who played queer characters on the iconic sitcom, will also reprise their roles in the upcoming 10th season.
Parsons played Beverly Harris, mother of Roseanne (Barr) and Jackie (Metcalf). Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett, a close friend of the sisters. Sources say that Parsons, 90, is set to appear in two of the revival’s nine episodes, while Bernhard, 62, will appear in one.
One of the first lesbian recurring characters on an American sitcom, Nancy came out during the series and had girlfriends played by Morgan Fairchild and Mariel Hemingway. (Nancy later identified as bisexual.) Beverly also came out as a lesbian during the show’s final season.
The 1994 episode “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” stirred up controversy for its inclusion of a kiss between Roseanne and Hemmingway’s character, Sharon, at a lesbian bar. It was one of the first same-sex kisses in primetime television.
The groundbreaking series also featured a wedding for Roseanne’s former boss Leon (Martin Mull) and his boyfriend Scott (Fred Willard).
During her reflective narration in the show’s 1997 series finale, Roseanne revealed that it was actually Jackie, not Beverly, who was a lesbian. It’s unclear to what extent that revisionist finale will affect the revival.
Gilbert, who played Roseanne’s tomboy daughter, Darlene, came out publicly in 2010. She revealed on The Talk that she first came to terms with her sexuality while dating co-star Galecki.
It was reported earlier this year that Darlene’s youngest child, Mark (newcomer Ames McNamara), will be “gender-creative.”
Barr is an executive producer of ABC’s Roseanne revival, along with Tom Werner and Bruce Helford, who co-produced the show’s original run from 1988 to 1997.