How Roseanne Actually Pays Tribute To Glenn Quinn With Each Episode
Roseanne's revival season has delivered a lot of laughs, which is to be expected, but fans have also felt a lot of other emotions during the first batch of episodes. Most recently, the show directly addressed the absence of Mark Healy, as formerly portrayed by actor Glenn Quinn, who passed away in 2002. Star Michael Fishman took to social media with a lovely post that shined a light on many of the episode's elements, and he revealed how the cast actually honors Quinn's memory with each episode.
That's a pretty awesome and touching way to keep Glenn Quinn in everyone's hearts and minds without getting overly maudlin and depressing about it. Keeping his picture on the Conner household walls is also a perfectly fitting way to go about it, since that set design is such an iconic and timeless element that is wholly Roseanne's. And what better way to keep Quinn (and Mark, by extension) on the brain than by hanging a picture that the entire cast will have to walk by at the outset of each episode's production start?
As Michael Fishman put it on his Facebook page, the show is honoring Glenn Quinn in ways that don't involve any visual imagery. The actor's sisters were brought to the set during filming, with his niece even making some kind of a cameo-esque appearance. It would have been crazy had there been a way to get someone from Quinn's family to play someone within the extended family, such as one of Darlene and David's kids. (Obviously some rewrites would have been needed, but still.) Maybe we'll see something else happen on that front in Season 2.
In the recent Mark-related episode, Becky's lingering issues over his death were addressed, both by her siblings and by her parents. And it was revealed that she and Mark had tried to have children together, to no avail. Which definitely added some emotional context to Becky choosing to be a surrogate mother for Sarah Chalke's Andrea.
And just in case anyone thought that Roseanne's creative team had ever considered finding another actor to step into the Mark Healy role, here's what else Michael Fishman had to say.
As it should be. With more to come from both the happier and the sadder sides of the Conner family history, such as Johnny Galecki's long-awaited return as David, Roseanne airs Tuesday nights on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET. Head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer premiere schedule to see all the other new and returning shows that are on the way.
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