Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some really TV cool sets in Los Angeles. It’s always amazing to go behind the scenes of your favorite shows.
Though I have to admit, one of my set visits stands out among all the rest in terms of epicness.
Can you guess which show I’m talking about?
I won’t make you wait… it’s ROSEANNE!
If I had created a bucket list for covering entertainment, visiting the set of Roseanne (and sitting on the infamous couch!) would be somewhere near the top. The show was iconic during my childhood for so many reasons— and I’m so happy that it’s back for a reboot!
In case you were wondering… Yes, DAN IS ALIVE!
You’ll have to tune into the first episode to see how that all plays out (which premieres March 27 at 8/7c on ABC!)
For now, I’m going to share some of my exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the Roseanne set, as well as a few fun facts from my interview with the three Conner kids: Darlene Conner (Sara Gilbert), Becky Conner-Healy (Lecy Goranson) and D.J. Conner (Michael Fishman).
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the New Roseanne
The new Roseanne set was painstakingly recreated to look like the original— almost everything on the set is “new”, including the couch.
New Roseanne Living Room
New Roseanne Kitchen
Curious to know what’s inside the “Roseanne” fridge?
Fun Facts about the New Roseanne
- All of the original cast was on board for the reboot! Sara Gilbert spearheaded the revival and is now an executive producer on the show. As to why the timing is right for the show, Sara said” I felt like our country is so divided. I feel like this is a working-class family that can have varying political views even within the family but still loves each other. And I thought what a great way to try to help unite people, have people listen to each other. I strongly believe that we can disagree without being so divided.”
- If you recall, in the original Roseanne, the character Becky was played by two different actresses. In the new Roseanne, both actresses have returned. Lecy Goranson (the first to play Becky) is back in that role, while Sarah Chalke (the second Becky) is a new character connected to Becky.
- Johnny Galecki (David Healy), Estelle Parsons (Beverly Harris), Sandra Bernhard (Nancy), James Pickens Jr. (Chuck), Natalie West (Crystal) and Adilah Barnes (Anne Marie Mitchell) all make appearances on the show.
- The Roseanne chicken shirt returns!
- The new Roseanne is 9 episodes and it will make you laugh and cry! Fans of the original will not be disappointed— “The show remains intact. I think we’ve done a good job of kind of acknowledging where we went towards the end of the show but within context. It’ll all make sense for fans”, said Michael Fishman.
Roseanne Premieres Tonight at 8pm EDT on ABC!
→ You can get caught up or rewatch past episodes either streaming or on the app after they air on ABC.
Special thanks to Disney/ABC for hosting me during the #ABCTVEvent. All opinions are my own.