“When god puts it in your face you gotta do it,” Roseanne Barr told Live’s Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest of her ABC sitcom’s 10th season launch – 21 years after the wrap of Season 9.
“I didn’t know it was going to happen,” she insisted, crediting Sara Gilbert, who called her after having John Goodman on The Talk, where they did a Connors family sketch.
“It got like 20 billion views – it was very popular,” Barr said. Gilbert called her and asked, “‘Would you want to do a reunion show and I go, like, ‘Yeah.’ She said the magic words: ‘John’s in’.”
Gilbert also got Laurie Metcalf to commit to the reboot before contacting Barr, which Kelly and Ryan pronounced very smart.
“Three weeks later we had a deal at ABC,” the comic marveled.
The debut episode clocked 27+M viewers in Live + 7 day viewing, which Barr said she could not believe at first. “
“I was hoping people would like it and I was really blown away and very grateful. People, they miss the family. They grew up with us and …we are a real family.”
It’s even better, she said, now that they all are “older, wiser and not so running ragged.”
Returning to the re-created set – sofa, rug and wallpaper had to be re-produced and some of the tchotchkes were found on eBay – was “like a wormhole in time,” she said.
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