The Roseanne revival trailer has gone viral since ABC uploaded the video to their social media accounts less than two weeks ago, amid the real-life death that haunts the show’s 2018 reboot. Breitbart shared that the Roseanne revival trailer has been viewed millions of times on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube since ABC shared the lengthy video clip on May 16. News of a Roseanne revival series was also announced the same day as the revival trailer was released. Fans of the 1980s sitcom say they can’t wait for the Roseanne revival, while also wondering how the real-life tragedy involving one of the cast members will play out in the show’s reboot.
The Inquisitr previously shared news of the Roseanne reboot, along with what the cast members have been up to since the show ended 20 years ago. Most of the original former cast members of Roseanne went on to continue their acting careers, making appearances on other TV shows and movies, and plan to come back for the Roseanne revival series on ABC. However, one popular Roseanne cast member, Glenn Quinn, who also went on to appear in a TV spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer following his seven-year stint on Roseanne, won’t be coming back for the Roseanne revival series, that’s coming back to ABC in 2018, as previously announced on ABC’s website.
Quinn, who played Becky’s love interest and husband, Mark Healy, on Roseanne from 1990 to 1997, was found dead at the age of 32 on a friend’s couch in North Hollywood in December of 2002, more than five years after the last episode of Roseanne aired on ABC in May of 1997. According to Digital Spy, the death of Roseanne Conner’s husband, Dan Conner—played by John Goodman—will be completely ignored in the upcoming Roseanne revival. Goodman’s character, Dan, actually died from a heart attack in the last episode of Roseanne, a plot twist that will be completely ignored in the Roseanne revival. However, the death of Quinn’s character, Mark, cannot so easily be ignored, as Hollywood News Daily explains.
The Roseanne revival trailer doesn’t even show Glenn Quinn or Johnny Galecki, 42, who played Mark’s younger brother, David, and Darlene’s on-again, off-again love interest on Roseanne from 1992 to 1997. Even though, both Conner daughters’ relationships became a big part of Roseanne during a large portion of the show’s nine seasons on ABC—from Season 3 to Season 9—only the original cast members have been confirmed for the Roseanne revival. Variety shares that original cast members Roseanne Barr, 64, John Goodman, 64, Sara Gilbert, 42, Laurie Metcalf, 61, Michael Fishman, 35, Lecy Goranson, 42, and Sarah Chalke, 40, will all have roles on the Roseanne revival series.
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With Johnny Galecki still starring in the popular and long-running CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, his appearance on the Roseanne revival series has not been confirmed. Glenn Quinn’s absence from the Roseanne revival series will have to be explained, according to Hollywood News Daily, in a report that says the Conner family will have to explain his disappearance. Some theories “floating around” are that Mark is deployed in the military, or that he ran out on Becky, or that his character died. While the Roseanne revival will have to face the definite disappearance of Mark from the show’s eight-episode reboot, fans are still left asking about the reappearance of other Roseanne fan-favorites, such as Natalie West, 61, who played Roseanne’s friend, Crystal, and even Johnny Galecki.
#Roseanne So….. who's going to be on the show? Dan "died" Glenn Quinn "Mark" died of a heroin overdose and which "Becky" will show up?
— Bobby & Dallas (@bldouglasjr) May 16, 2017
Laurie Metcalf, who played Roseanne’s sister, Jackie Harris, in all of the nine seasons of Roseanne, was featured in the ABC Roseanne revival trailer and shared how the revival came together. According to a recent report on E! Online, the rebirth of Roseanne was all thanks to Sara Gilbert and John Goodman after Goodman made an appearance on Gilbert’s CBS daytime talk show, The Talk. Metcalf shared that after the two former Roseanne cast members did a short parody of the popular ABC sitcom on The Talk, Goodman was approached by one of the anchors on Roseanne, who asked if he would be interested in just a Roseanne reunion, which quickly turned into a full-on Roseanne revival.
“Then Sara made calls to everybody and everybody said yes. So it came together really fast.”
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ABC president, Channing Dungey, says that the comedy, joys, and struggles of Roseanne and the Conner family are still as relevant today as they were 20 years ago, even though the average American family has changed since 1988. A report on the Morningstar says that the Roseanne revival will have to show the Conner family “struggling even more,” adding that “these days there’s a good chance that Barr and Goodman’s characters would be out of work or making less money.” Sara Gilbert admitted that she’s even a little cautious about the Roseanne revival, saying that her only fear is that she doesn’t want to do a bad version of the number-one rated sitcom, “because you don’t want to damage what’s been done.”
The Roseanne revival series is due to air on ABC as Season 10 in mid-season 2018, with all of the original cast members confirmed for the much-anticipated reboot. In the meantime, Roseanne fans can watch reruns of the series on both TV Land and CMT, as shown on TV Guide.
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