The news that one of the most loved sitcoms of the 80s and 90s, Roseanne, will be making a comeback on television in 2018 has been met with even more bewilderment with such similar attempts from the past because its legions of fans still remember Roseanne ending very well. The award-winning TV show about the life of an Illinois blue-collar family ran for nine seasons between 1988 and 1997, and on the 16th of May, it has been announced a tenth season of eight brand-new episodes will be produced by ABC with the original cast returning.
There is only one slight problem – one of the main characters died on the last episode of season 9. Dan Conner, played by John Goodman, died in the original series finale to the shock of viewers, along with other bizarre and unexpected development that for many fans tarnished the legacy of the series. Now, those fans wonder how the new episodes are going to address such loose ends.
During the show’s finale, the leading character played by Roseanne Barr who was also the show’s producer, reveals everything that ever happened during the series’ run was actually just a story that Roseanne came up with for a book she had been writing about her life; Roseanne also revealed she had changed the things that she didn’t like in her life, such as her daughter’s relationships, her mother’s sexuality, and her husband’s passing.
Roseanne revealed that in her real life Becky and Mark were not married with Becky having ended up with David, while her other daughter Darlene had married Mark. She also claimed that her husband Dan had died from a heart attack that fans watched him suffer in an earlier season. The finale stunned most longtime viewers and proved disappointing for many fans.
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It seems the confusion is set to continue in the revival, as inside sources have revealed that Dan will be “very much alive” in the new episodes, which will “pretend like it never even happened.” It seems like everything that went down in the original series finale will be completely ignored when the show returns, which adds a further burden to an already questionable decision to return after a decade.
Fans wonder how other difficulties will be worked around, such as the fact that Becky’s husband Mark will have to either be re-cast or missing, as Glenn Quinn, who played the role, tragically died in 2002 from a drug overdose aged 32.
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While everything about the working class comedy’s revival is currently in the ballpark of guesses and unconfirmed information, not diehard fans are hoping that the tenth season will retain as much credence as possible and will be a worthy successor to the original nine. The show is set to begin airing sometime in the spring of 2018 on ABC.