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Roseanne is the latest series being shopped around for a revival.
Deadline reported Friday an eight-episode limited series of Roseanne is in the works, with much of the core cast members on board, including Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), and Sara Gilbert (Darlene). Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) is also close to a deal and the remaining cast—including Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki (David)—is said to be on board in some capacity.
According to Deadline, the project is being helmed by original executive producers Barr, Tom Werner and Bruce Helford, with Gilbert joining them this time around.
While few details have been confirmed, sources close to the discussions suggest original home network ABC is making a bid for the revival and is largely considered to be the favorite choice, for sentimental reasons, but Netflix is also in the running.
Netflix has had significant recent success with reboots, after reviving such cult favorites such as Arrested Development and most recently Gilmore Girls, in addition to reviving sitcoms such as Full House.
Roseanne was one of the biggest hits of the '90s and one of the few broadcast series to earn acclaim for its portrayal of working-class American families. Discussion of its return comes as networks are openly trying to better reflect realistic characters.
Asked earlier this year about interest in a Roseanne revival on Gilbert's CBS show The Talk, Goodman said, "Oh, hell yes… if we could get everyone together."
May 20 will mark 20 years since the Roseanne series finale aired on ABC, attracting 16 million viewers.