I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a huge fan of Roseanne — and not just because of Sara Gilbert. (Though I really did have a soft spot for Darlene in junior high, and had no idea why. Go figure.)
When the show ended its nine-year run in 1997, a little piece of me died. No longer could I laugh at the comedic struggles of a middle class family. Life seemed too easy. People around me were, for the most part, functional and normal. In other words, boring.
But, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Roseanne Barr is about to grace us all with her presence on primetime again. That should be exciting, but honestly, I have mixed feelings about this. It’s pretty unlikely that a new comedy can even come close to competing with the genius that was the blue-collar, mid-American family.
And I worry that they’re going to try too hard to make it Roseanne 2.0. Already, Barr is teaming up with one of the Roseanne producers, Caryn Mandabach. The details, thus far, are that they are working on “a family comedy in which [Barr] would play the matriarch.” Uh-oh.
A couple of differences that give this new show some hope are Arrested Development‘s Jim Vallely‘s involvement (he’s writing the script) and that it’s likely going to be on Fox, not ABC. So, there’s that.
I’ll definitely give Roseanne’s new show a shot. But I have a feeling I’ll be sticking with the original show’s reruns. I mean, I just this year decided I was OK with the whole two Beckys thing.