NBC last summer renewed its Will & Grace revival for a second season ahead of its fall premiere. ABC similarly had been laying the groundwork for a second season of its Roseanne revival in the weeks leading to its March 27 debut. I hear the network has closed deals with the cast of the politically charged blue-collar sitcom. They all are set to return for Season 2, which I hear may be 10-13 episodes, up from nine for the first installment. (The network has been trying to expand the size of the order even further)
I hear the Carsey-Werner Television-produced Roseanne has an early-renewal deadline — which is not uncommon for high-profile series — and ABC has until April 15 to pick up a second season. After the blockbuster ratings for the premiere last night, the network likely won’t wait that long. ABC had no comment.
Like Will & Grace, the Roseanne revival was initially picked up for a limited run (eight episodes, subsequently upped to nine), s0 new deals had to be made with the cast and they had to be done well in advance so the stars could carve out time in their calendars
for production of the new season.
ABC did not pull the trigger on an pre-emptive renewal, instead opting to wait for the revival’s premiere, which blew past expectations last night with a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating and 18.2 million viewers for the hourlong debut from 8-9 PM.
Roseanne stars Barr as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner.
Barr is an executive producer, along with Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings and Tony Hernandez.
In a slew of pre-premiere interview, Barr indicated that she hopes the Roseanne revival will run for multiple seasons. “We all want to keep doing it so we just hope people like it and they watch it, and it gets renewed, you know, we all want that,” she told NYT.