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'Roseanne' is back

Twenty years after the Conners left our screens, Roseanne and her family are back

    The original Roseanne cast
    The original Roseanne cast

    Fan's of 90s sitcom Roseanne will be happy to hear that the Conner family are back. 

    Twenty years after Roseanne Barr's alter-ego and her "typical American family" - husband Dan, kids Darlene, DJ and Becky, and sister Jackie - left our screen, they're back, with the new series launching on American TV network ABC in March.

    It was the most-watched show in America in 1989/90 and topped the charts for it's original nine-season run , but the reboot has already courted some controversy. 

    In August last year ABC put out a casting call for a "gender creative child". Darlene and David's son Mark will be a nonbinary character. Sara Gilbert, who plays Darlene, said in an interview with Cosmopoltian magazine that Mark likes to wear girls’ clothing but that this doesn't define him as a character: "He happens to dress that way [and] he’s an amazing, creative, brilliant kid, which you will see… I don’t want to pigeonhole him and say just because he dresses this way that’s the only thing about him."

    She went on to say that Roseanne "is a show that’s always been able to represent the world". A sentiment that Roseanne herself has espoused when discussing her decision to make the Conners Trump supporters. Herself a Trump supporter, she has been reported as saying:

    “I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of working class people. And in fact, it was working class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed especially about polarization in the family and actually hating people for the way they voted, which I feel like is not American. … There was a lot of thought in it.”

    So Roseanne is back - but not quite like it was before.

     

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