Roseanne: ABC Boss Confirms Revival Will Ignore Dan's Series-Ending Death

Will & Grace won’t be the only soon-to-be-revived sitcom playing fast and loose with its canon.

As previously teased by TVLine, ABC’s forthcoming eight-episode Roseanne continuation will ignore the series-ending death of John Goodman’s Dan. “I wouldn’t say that it is ignoring the events of the finale, but I can confirm that Dan is definitely still alive,” said network president Channing Dungey Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The series finale twist in question 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 swan song 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).

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 back in May alongside leading lady Roseanne Barr and co-stars Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson.

Dungey, meanwhile, assured Roseanne fans that the revival will more closely resemble the sitcom’s Emmy-winning heyday (i.e. Seasons 1-8) versus the much-maligned ninth and final season. “We’ve now heard the broad strokes of the creative for these eight episodes,” she said, “and feel very confident that is going to be a return to the show everyone knew and loved.”

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12 Comments
  1. MMD says:

    I kind of thought that was a given…..

  2. Samuel Croft says:

    I’ll give it a chance but, will the show be relevant today and will all of these “changes” unsettle it enough to make it a flop. We know from many many shows that reboots often die a quick and ugly death. It’s pretty much a given that when a show and actors come together, have that certain chemical combination that propels it for years once ended that attempts to revive fail due to the the chemical equation becoming inactive. Shows tend to have their time when all ingredients work well and once past that prime run and it just doesn’t work anymore. Just like Will and Grace they have all of the people that made it great but, is it’s time now past?

  3. iHeart says:

    great, can’t wait to hear how they’ll address Mark’s fate (hope it’s the one I thought it would possibly be even though Roseanne said he likely died in Iraq)

  4. Pamela says:

    Can’t wait. Love Roseanne. Glad Johns coming back, he made the show work. Hope Becky and Mark are together, Darlene and David together. But let DJ be trying to find himself. Grandkids is a must, with conflicts between moms and dads. Yeah.

  5. Limayomo says:

    No celebrity political views and I will enjoy the show again.Roseann is my favorite female comedian

  6. Leesa says:

    Two fabulous shows are coming back. I’m looking forward to Rosanne and Will and Grace. I just hope they have some kind of a tribute to Glen Quinn.

  7. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    Canon, shmanon. It’s a friggin’ fictional comedy series, not the latest Star Wars or Star Trek movie. Only geeks and nerds mention “canon”.