“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.
“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.