The “Roseanne” revival has been renewed for a second season after the premiere’s huge success, it’s been confirmed.
According to Deadline, ABC bosses snapped up the chance to bring back the sitcom, which is currently on its 10th season overall.
They’re also increasing the number of episodes from nine to 13, it’s been revealed.
“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the ‘Roseanne’ team has in store for next year,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement.
Not only did Donald Trump Jr. tweet Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on Tuesday night’s huge “Roseanne” revival premiere, but the president himself also gave her a call.
Mr. Trump rang up the actress to congratulate her on the comedy’s success and also thanked her for her constant support.
Barr said on Thursday’s “Good Morning America”: “We talked about a lot of things, he’s just happy for me. I’ve known him for many years and he’s done a lot of nice things for me over the years. It was just a friendly conversation about work and television and ratings.
“He really understands ratings and how they measure things. I’m just over the moon with the support of the ‘Roseanne’ family.”
The latest news comes after The Hollywood Reporter reported the one-hour, two episode “Roseanne” premiere netted a huge 18.1 million viewers.
The impressive numbers made “Roseanne” the highest-rated scripted series since the peak viewership of “Empire”, and the best ratings for a sitcom in three years. Recent sitcom revival, “Will & Grace”, premiered to a little over 10 million viewers.
The “Roseanne” revival brought back the entire cast, including stars Roseanne Barr and John Goodman from the original show, which ran from 1988 to 1997.
Barr took to Twitter Wednesday to thank fans for the overwhelming support for the show.
“Roseanne” also found another big fan in the U.S. President’s son Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted his congratulations to Barr and suggested she might consider hosting a late night show to offer an “alternate viewpoint.”
Speaking to reporters last week at PaleyFest about the role of politics on the rebooted series, Barr said, “Hopefully it gets people talking to each other.”