With old characters confirmed to return, and the show's sneak peek giving fans horrid flashbacks of '80s and '90s home decor, the stage is set for Roseanne to come back to television. While we've known for a while that Roseanne would once again be taking over ABC sometime in 2018, we weren't entirely sure when audiences would get to travel back to Illinois to revisit the Conner family. In the wee hours of the morning, though, ABC announced the official release date for the series, and it looks like the Roseanne revival will premiere on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
Roseanne's series premiere will reportedly be an hour long, and is set to air at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the weeks following that hour-long premiere, the series will continue on in the 8:00 p.m. slot beginning April 3, and The Middle (which is in its final season) will move to 8:30 p.m. No word yet on how other Tuesday night shows like Fresh Off The Boat, Black-ish and The Mayor will be affected, which could mean ABC is still trying to decide what show goes where. One would imagine one of those comedies will have to change nights if everything is still airing when Roseanne's premieres.
It's good to hear Roseanne is kicking things off with an hour-long premiere, as it's going to take a bit to establish this new reality that sidesteps that ridiculous final season, which showrunners have confirmed will not be canon once the show returns. Whether that means they'll just flat out pretend it never happened, or if they'll actually spend some premiere time explaining why the audience was led to believe Dan was dead (not to mention some of the other curveballs thrown that season), we're not sure. What does appear evident from the photos and the Twitter teaser is that the Conner family hasn't changed their home much since they left the air in 1997:
It's kind of wild that the Conner family hasn't updated their decor, although we're talking about the same family that has had a Godzilla action figure on a display table for the past two decades. Still, one would think that the Conner's could've scraped up enough money in the past 20 years to at least get a bigger couch! There's probably enough money in that very couch.
As mentioned, Roseanne returns to ABC on Tuesday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a breakdown of other upcoming programs, visit our fall premiere guide and midseason premiere guide. Those looking instead to see what shows were canceled in 2017 can head on over to our cancellation guide.
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