The new Roseanne TV show has returned. The writers and original cast are determined to cram as much entertainment and shock value into each episode as possible. I’ve screened three episodes at this point, but I won’t spoil anything. Per the Roseanne show norm, a lot of hot buttons are pushed, and you’ll find yourself gasping and laughing simultaneously. Isn’t that what we always loved about this show? We get to see people on opposing sides of very serious topics sharing a chuckle. This post is part of a series from a press junket event sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
Roseanne Behind the Scenes Interviews
When asked about the decision to bring back the show now, Sara Gilbert (Darlene; executive producer) responded, “I feel like this is a working-class family that can have varying political views, even within the family, but still love each other. I thought, what a great way to try to help unite people and have people listen to each other. I strongly believe that we can disagree without being so divided. So, I’m hoping that we can help in that way.”
Michael Fishman (D.J.) said, “The show resonates with people because we deal with real-life topics, and it’s not always pretty and it’s not always easy. And real life’s not, either.”
Gilbert added, “It’s almost like a hybrid between a comedy and a drama. You know, it doesn’t just feel like a sitcom. Sometimes we’re doing it and it’s like, wow, this is heavy, but we handle everything with humor. It’s exciting because we deal with all these heavy topics–you wanna be able to make an impact and help people see their stories represented on television. So, I feel really proud that I think we’re doing that, at least to some degree.”
Lecy Goranson (Becky) stated, “I always struggle with viewing a television show as art. But I do see our show as art… I feel moved and I feel inspired and it can be funny and it stays with you.”
The new Roseanne TV show will certainly move you. You’ll ride the full spectrum of emotional waves as current issues are addressed without hesitation. Viewing the show is an experience. It accurately and humorously presents multiple perspectives, while reflecting the turmoil our country is now facing. It’s funny and heavy.
Repeat Guest Stars
We can also look forward to seeing other familiar faces like Sarah Chalke, James Pickens, Adilah Barnes, Natalie West, and Estelle Parsons. Gilbert, admitting she’d love to see more, said, “There’s so many people that we had over the years and because it [the new season] is only nine episodes, and we’ve added three characters, it’s already difficult to service everybody who’s here. So, I think we’ve gotten a couple, but I wish there was room for more.”
Roseanne super fans can look forward to little Easter eggs, as well. You’ll see the chicken shirt right out of the gate. Sadly, according to Goranson, the original chicken shirt is lost. However, they remade it and now we can all buy one!
Gilbert thinks she may have her ‘meat stinks’ shirt in storage somewhere and that she’s going to look for it.
So, keep an eye out for that shirt and another one described by Gilbert, as “incredibly distracting.” There was a shirt made using a photo of Fishman (“D.J.”) in a bow tie and they called it “Mr. Laughy.” Goranson said it got that name because he looked like a “vaudevillian, old time kind of comic, or almost like a ventriloquist doll.” Laurie Metcalf (Aunt Jackie) wore it in the original show, and much to Fishman’s dismay, says she really wants to wear it again–every week.
The New Roseanne TV Show
Catch the special hour-long premiere on Tuesday, March 27th, (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. Roseanne will air in its regular time slot, 8:00-8:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, April 3rd, followed by “The Middle,” which will move to 8:30 p.m.
While on set, we were allowed to photograph pretty much everything. Scroll down to see several of the shots I was able to capture:
Is that a paper manuscript in the freezer?
Hah! I have the some of the same generic brands in my pantry!
This is the utility room off the back of the kitchen.
This phone pose had to be done.
It's like the set never changed.
Are you excited for the return of the Roseanne TV show?
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