When “Roseanne” ended its run after nine seasons, the series finale turned out to be a great big bummer when the roundly lambasted season (in which the Conner family hit it rich after winning the lottery) was revealed to be a work of fiction by wannabe novelist Roseanne Conner (Rosanne Barr), who concocted the fantasy to cope with her grief after husband Dan (John Goodman) died from a fatal heart attack.
During a Sunday morning session at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, ABC president Channing Dungey was asked how the upcoming reboot of the sitcom would address the death of Dan Conner.
According to Dungey, it won’t.
“I don’t want to talk too specifically, but I wouldn’t say we’ll ignore the events of the finale,” said Dungey of the finale, which also saw Roseanne’s sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) come out as gay. “Dan is definitely still alive.”
Dungey also confirmed that Johnny Galecki may be a part of the reboot to reprise his role from the original series, but admits that “those conversations are still in progress.”
As for what the rebooted “Roseanne” will look like, Dungey remained tight-lipped. “What we’ve heard from Roseanne is she’s very excited about the show and she is going to be on the show,” she said.
According to Dungey, the eight-episode “Roseanne” revival will begin shooting in October.