5 Things We Learned at the 'Roseanne' Paley Center Panel
Sara Gilbert, Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in the Roseanne premiere "Twenty Years to Life."
The long-awaited return of Roseanne has finally arrived!
Ahead of tonight's (March 27) premiere of the ABC revival, the cast and crew—Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, Sarah Chalke, and producer Tom Werner—sat down for a special screening at the Paley Center in New York City
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During the conversation, they talked about the show's man nods to the original series, their hopes for future seasons, and what it meant to return to work together. Below, find five things we learned at the special event.
They Absolutely Love the Kids
The Roseanne reboot brings with it the addition of new child actors, as all of the original kids are grown up. Shameless's Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey all show up as Roseanne (Barr) and Dan's (Goodman) grandchildren. During the panel, Barr and Goodman couldn't help but make faces at McNamara from the stage as he sat in the audience. Fishman also made it clear that, as the former youngster on set, it's been his mission to make sure the new kids have a good experience.
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Halloween Has Not Been Forgotten
In the show's original run, Roseanne always made time for stellar Halloween episodes. There won't be one this time around, but the cast promised that "relics" of Halloween past will pop up in the season. They even joked that, despite the Conners being strapped for cash, they always managed to pull off an elaborate party. This is not unlike Barr herself, who revealed she throws an annual Halloween party for the people in her Hawaiian hometown.
Season 10 Isn't the End
When asked if they plan to continue the show past this season, the answer was a resounding yes.
"We all want to, definitely," Barr stated. "We had such a blast. And it was just so fun to be together again ... we remember all the old jokes and all the old things that we used to do and they were so funny and still fun."
"It kind of felt like it took some years off,” Barr continued. “It subtracted some years from my life. I felt young again." On-screen husband Goodman chimed in about a possible eleventh season, "If I live that long!"
Producer Tom Werner echoed the sentiments of the cast, hinting that future seasons are likely. "I’ll let the audience decide that. But the cast had a really great time," he said. “I’m hopeful that the audience will respond to the episodes and I think that it would be a pleasure to do more episodes.”
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They Wanted to See Booker Return
Known as one of George Clooney's first roles, Booker Brooks was Roseanne and Dan's likable employer, a character the cast would have liked to have back. "We did ask him, but he lives in Italy,” remarked Barr. “We always have our door open for George."
Could there be a potential guest spot? Fans can hope, but Barr hadn't really figured out what the character would be doing now. "I didn’t give any thought to Booker," she said. "He’d probably be a big-ass movie star now.”
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Roseanne Always Had a Plan for Season 10
Since the series finale in '97, fans have mourned the death of Dan Conner, so his reappearance has been nothing short of confusing. However, Barr assured everyone during the panel that it was always going to be this way.
"It’s not what you think it is at all, and a lot of people have missed it,” she explained. “Since the ninth season I’ve always wanted a tenth season so, I’ve always had it in my mind how it would resume. It’s the same idea that I had a long time ago. The truth is told in the first episode with Dan and Roseanne in the garage. People think it’s in the beginning of the show, but the truth is it’s in the garage scene."
While her statement is a little cryptic, the intent is clear—Dan was always going to return for Season 10, regardless of the year.
Roseanne, Premieres Tuesday, March 27, 8/7c, ABC