If you've been paying attention to the world of TV and film production, you'll notice that one trend is seemingly everywhere: nostalgia. And with nostalgic properties proving both profitable and popular, just about every show feels like it could come back. NBC has been making waves with the new season of Will and Grace, and soon the beloved 90s sitcom Roseanne will return to the small screen. ABC has recently extended the series to include one more episode, and now it turns out than another original cast member is returning as well: Grey's Anatomy actor James Pickens Jr..
James Pickens Jr. played Dan's buddy Chuck during the show's original run, and will once again be joining the Conner family in Lanford, Illinois. Chuck is part of Dan's poker game with his friends; the group gets together every so often in the Conner family kitchen. He ended up showing up in an impressive 19 episodes during the show's initial nine season run. According to TV Line, James Pickens Jr. will reprise his character in two of the new Roseanne episodes, which should make the OG fans very happy.
Chuck may not have been the biggest character in Roseanne, he was a beloved member of the tertiary cast that helped bring the fictional town of Lanford to life. This was also many TV goers first time meeting actor James Pickens Jr., who is best known for his portrayal of Doctor Richard Webber in Grey's Anatomy. He's one of the few original cast members who is still working on the series, which is currently in its whopping 14th season. But since both Roseanne and Grey's are ABC products, the network was likely all to happy to have Pickens appear in another show on the network.
It should be interesting to see how many other supporting characters show back up when Roseanne is once again on the small screen. Quite a few notable actors had a role in the show's original run, including Sandra Bernhard as fellow waitress Nancy, Fred Willard, and even George Clooney. The Will and Grace revival has been bringing all sorts of guest stars and supporting characters back, so hopefully ABC will follow suit with its competing series. Since they couldn't manage to bring Johnny Galecki in due to his contract with CBS for The Big Bang Theory, they're already down one series regular.
Alas, we'll just have to wait for the Roseanne revival to finish filming, and therefore begin sharing more details about the new season's contents. Season 10 doesn't currently have a release date, although smart money says they'll expedite the post-production process in order to get Roseanne back on the air for spring premieres.
We'll be sure to update you on the new season of Roseanne as details become public. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list, and check if your favorite how got the chop with our cancellation list.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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