Roseanne Revival Dan Alive

Roseanne Revival: Dan's Fate Revealed (We'll Give You One Guess)

This is the kind of revisionist history we can get behind.

Sources confirm that Roseanne‘s forthcoming eight-episode revival on ABC will, as many suspected, undo the series-ending death of John Goodman’s Dan. “Dan is very much alive,” a source tells TVLine. “They’re going to pretend like it never even happened.” 

The “it” in question refers to the series-finale twist that revealed much of the show to be a figment of the title character’s imagination — including Dan’s survival from a heart attack in Season 8 (turns out, it was fatal). In the closing moments of the finale we also learned that Jackie was actually a lesbian and that all along Darlene had been in a relationship with Mark (versus Johnny Galecki’s David, who — in another curveball — ended up with Becky). An insider says it’s probably safe to assume that pretty much “everything that went down” in the series finale will be ignored when the revival launches in Spring 2018.

News of Dan’s survival comes as little surprise considering Goodman’s name was attached to the revival from the get-go. He also made an appearance at ABC’s upfront event on Tuesday alongside leading lady Roseanne Barr and co-stars Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson.

An ABC rep declined to comment for this story.

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  1. Brian says:

    I like Dan, so i’m ok with this.

  2. Van says:

    What about mark?

    • Cranky says:


    • readenreply says:

      years ago Rosanne said in an earlier revival pitch that Mark died in Iraq (as the actor had died). Also makes sense for the character who was aimless and boneheaded. Could def see Marc joining up post 911.

      • ebau says:

        The actor died from a heroin overdose. He was an Irish citizen, so he didn’t serve in the US military.

        • Playhouse says:

          I think they meant that Roseanne stated the character of Mark died in Iraq because the actor, Glenn Quinn, had died in real life. They weren’t saying that Quinn had died in Iraq serving in the military as well.

      • Gary Miller says:

        They should put him behind the diner, with a needle in his arm. That’s disgraceful to people who actually died in Iraq, or any kind of military where people are dieing for everyone else’s freedom. Like I said make him what he was a drug Addict, put him in a car with a needle in his arm overdosed and dead.

    • Jimmy says:

      Hopefully, they don’t recast. Give Mark a a heroic death to honor Glenn Quinn.

    • Jill says:

      The actor died

      • Bob says:

        Yes, the actor Glenn Quinn died a long time ago of drug over dose, he had a lot of problems with staying clean, Glenn was fired from another show “Angel” for using drugs Joss Whedon had to let him go

  3. K`shandra says:

    They will get eighty-seven bazillion bonus points if the new series opens with Roseanne walking in to find Dan in the shower. No other commentary necessary.

  4. Lucy says:

    Wait, so I assume that they’ll either have Becky remarried/widowed/divorced because Gleen Quinn died. Also, does that mean that Dan still cheated on Roseanne?

    • iHeart says:

      or maybe they can reveal another twist that said that Mark actually died instead of Dan.

      • Wrstlgirl says:

        I could go for that.

        • Andrea says:

          Me too. I think that’s a good idea. Becky could be in such grief over Mark’s death that it could be explained that Roseanne projected what it might have been like to lose Dan. I’m just glad TPTB are retconning Dan’s death so it did not happen.

  5. Cmarie says:

    This was one of the best series finales ever in my opinion. I loved the show and though I will give it a shot, I wish they would have left well enough alone. :(

    • Angela says:

      No offense but if you think that slap in the face to the long time fans was good, then there are truly no word at all

  6. Moria says:

    I still say make one long Halloween episode and Dan can be a ghost.

  7. suzi says:

    “An insider says it’s probably safe to assume that pretty much “everything that went down” in the series finale will be ignored when the revival launches in Spring 2018.” That’s a good thing. I believe the finale was one of the worst ever ever, a slap to the face of the show’s fans.

  8. M says:

    I’m assuming they won’t have won the lottery either? Unless they somehow spent all of it in the intervening years and are broke again. That could be funny

    • J.B. says:

      It was also mentioned in the series finale that they never won the lottery as well.

      • dlraetz says:

        It were me they’d make all of season 9 Roseanne’s attempt to write a book at retcon back toDan getting out of the hospital alive

  9. laurelnev says:

    MAN…and here I was looking SO FORWARD to them combining 2 of today’s hottest soon-to-get-tired fads: Zombies and Nostalgic Reboots. And if ANY show could pull off having a Zombie Dad, Roseanne certainly could. So disappointed they’re just going to retcon, and won’t have Reanimated Dan instead of just a regular, boring, cardiac survivor.

  10. I feel like most people misunderstood the ending. Dan didn’t actually die. Just like Jackie wasn’t a lesbian, etc…The ending introduced new characters. The show we’d been watching was the “story” being told by the “real” characters (the Roseanne we saw in the final episode is a writer who had written the entire sitcom which was “similar” to her own life). It’s a story within a story. A fictional version of Roseanne from the sitcom is a writer telling a fictionalized version of her life. So, I can assume that we will continue to see the story being told where Dan is alive as still told from the fictional Roseanne. They don’t have to undo anything. I actually liked the ending!

  11. readenreply says:

    Most lottery winners blow through the money, expect it would be the same for the Conners.

    Ro pitched an earlier revival in which Mark died in Iraq, Dan and DJ have a business together, Darlene has come out as lesbian… and damn I can’t find the link to fill in for the other major characters.

  12. Yolanda says:

    Good. I love that revived shows ignore what happened during their crappy finales. Will and Grace is doing the same. They’ll pretend Will and Grace not speaking for 20 years didn’t happen. I really like it because I consider both Roseanne and W&G finales to be the worst things ever.

  13. Jason says:

    They might as well pretend the entire final season didn’t exist, since it was a complete mess.

  14. Adam says:

    Was there’s time stamp on the ending of the original series? It was just the last few minutes that revealed the fate of the characters. Why doesn’t the revival just place itself before that moment? Have the revival lead up to the time where Roseanne decides to write her story.

  15. Eric says:

    I wonder if Estelle Parsons will show up. I liked her as Bev early in the series before she became a cartoon character.

  16. Tomm Huntre says:

    Would be nice if Johnny Galecki could make a deal with CBS to at least make an appearance.

    • Betsy Levin says:

      That would be interesting, considering that Roseanne fired Chuck Lorre from her show and despises him…although Laurie Metcalf is appearing on the revival. IT depends on the terms of Galecki’s contract.

  17. davidztaylor says:

    If anyone can get away with it- It’s Roseanne. All they have to do is make some throw away line about a bad dream or even just break the 4th way and it’s good to go. I’m way excited about this! This show when it was good, it was very good and when it was bad —–ohhhwee, it was bad but all is forgiven- that last season was a fever induced dream. I hope all the secondary characters make appearances too.

  18. blech says:

    Can’t wait to miss it

  19. DatsMr4man2u says:

    I would like to see the show start off with the scene from the last episode where Roseanne is sitting on ths couch right at the point where she says that she lost Dan after the heart attack and right there immediately switch to present day where Dan is reading unpublished rough draft and ask Roseanne “you killed me off”? Right there everyone cheers and all is back to normal.

  20. GraceM says:

    I’d like to know how they’re going to explain Mark not being on the show. The actor died some years ago. Also Johnny Gelski is busy with Big Bang, on another network.

  21. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Let’s go a step further and ignore the entire final season.

  22. Evan says:

    They will absolutely find a way to have Galecki cameo on Roseanne. It’s only 8 episodes. His schedule will have a gap to film sonething

  23. jbj says:

    I think 2000 me would be shocked at what I am about to write…but it’s too bad they won’t be bringing Sarah Chalke back as Becky. She really came into her own comedically after Roseanne, and I think she would serve the material better now than someone who has been basically retired from sitcom acting for two decades. I wonder if she was even invited backed or simply declined. Back then, I wasn’t fond of the character or either actress. But Sarah has been brilliant in the last three shows I’ve seen her in, even with dramatic elements, so it would have been terrific to see her show off her talents opposite John, Laurie and Roseanne and completely dismantle the earlier controversy and subsequent casting stunt.

  24. Donald says:

    They still have to address the real life death of Glenn Quinn.

  25. Nicole says:

    I thought that all of that was at the end of the book she was writing at the kitchen table.

  26. Payton says:

    We watched the “last one ” last night when she said Dan died my brother cryed but I told him this and he was happy

  27. Anthony says:

    Any word if Gilecki will make an appearance?

  28. Joe oneill says:

    The storylines were always fresh and had a twist to give fans a bit of the unexpected.one of my favorite things oh the show would be a 5 minute little stretch after the show ended that gave a bonus and delight to the fans.

  29. Ryan says:

    Best way to fix it: Dan wakes up after heart surgery after Darlene’s wedding and survived, but the last season with the lottery and finale with him dying was all his near-death dream. Then montage 20 years forward. OR after his heart surgery is goes into a coma for 20 years (still dreams the last season and finale) and the reboot starts when he comes out of his coma.