ABC President Channing Dungey discussed the return of the series at the network's TCA summer press tour on Sunday and said that the new eight-episode season won't acknowledge the death of John Goodman's character, as was revealed in the original run's final episode.
Ever since the revival of Roseanne was announced, fans have been wondering how the new iteration would address the original series finale, in which Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) revealed that her husband Dan (John Goodman) had died, and that numerous later events in the series were just stories she'd written as part of the grieving process.
According to Dungey, it won't.
"I wouldn't say that [the revival] is ignoring the events of the finale, but I can confirm that Dan is definitely still alive", Dungey told reporters. However, she did admit that Johnny Galecki may indeed return to the show in the role of David, although as yet, nothing is confirmed, as she said, "Those conversations are still in progress". "What we've heard from Roseanne is she's very excited about the show and she is going to be on the show", she said.
"We've now heard the broad strokes of the eight episodes of the show, and we feel really confident that this will return to the show that we know and loved..." When asked whether the show will be tonally similar to what we've seen before, Dungey said, "It is honest, it is irreverent at times, and it's also really, really amusing".