‘Roseanne’ returning to ABC with Barr, Goodman, Metcalf

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Roseanne Barr and John Goodman and the rest of the original cast of “Roseanne” will return to ABC two decades after it wrapped its hit series, the network said Tuesday in announcing its 2017-18 season plans. | Photo by Richard Shotwell, left, and Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

NEW YORK (AP) — “Roseanne,” one of TV’s rare working-class comedies, will return to ABC two decades after it wrapped its hit run and with star Roseanne Barr and the rest of the cast intact, the network said Tuesday in announcing its 2017-18 season plans.

“The Conners’ joys and struggles are as relevant — and hilarious — today as they were then, and there’s really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement. The original series wrapped its nine-season run in 1997.

Besides Barr as the Conner family matriarch, the eight-episode reboot airing in 2018 will feature John Goodman as her husband, Dan, along with former co-stars Sara Gilbert, Steppenwolf ensemble member Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Evanston native Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played Goranson’s character, Becky, in later seasons, will appear in another role, ABC said.

LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

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