By all accounts, Sara Gilbert was the mastermind behind the reboot of “Roseanne,” not only getting the revival off the ground but also getting the entire cast on board.
“Sara Gilbert, she’s on fire,” Roseanne Barr said.
Although most of the cast members said the idea of a meeting up again on TV — in the form of a reunion show, for example — had crossed their minds, many said they’d worried that too much time had gone by for fans and viewers. Watch their full interviews on the special edition of “20/20,” “Roseanne: The Return,” airing on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. ET.
“Roseanne” premiered on ABC in October 1988 and chronicled the lives of the working-class Conner family: Roseanne; Dan; their children Darlene, Becky and D.J.; and Roseanne’s sister Jackie Harris. The new season debuts March 27.
“Twenty years had passed and I’d given up hope on that, you know,” said Laurie Metcalf, who played Aunt Jackie.
But, in March 2017, Gilbert, who played teen daughter Darlene and now cohosts on “The Talk,” was sitting on a couch with her former TV dad John Goodman doing a quick sketch of the popular sitcom.
Goodman said the moment “felt like gold.”
“It was just like falling out of bed,” he said. “It was so easy.”
Afterward, during an interview, he was asked whether he’d be interested in doing “Roseanne” again. He said, “Yeah.”
Goodman later learned that he wasn’t alone in his sentiments.
Gilbert said she’d thought “the climate” was ripe for a “Roseanne” return.
“I felt like having a working-class family on TV, talking about current issues, is something we need more of right now,” she said.