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‘Roseanne’ revival takes on divided America

'Roseanne' revival takes on divided America
‘Roseanne’ revival takes on divided America. That’s a great time for comedy, when things are in turmoil and flux,” says Roseanne Bar.

LOS ANGELES – As Roseanne returns after two decades away, the re-created Conner home — on the same studio lot where the original hit series was taped — looks eerily familiar, down to that homely yet homey couch.
The characters are the same, too, but older.

Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan (John Goodman), 60-something grandparents, still hustle for a living and host a new generation, as grown-up daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert), now on her own, returns with her two kids. Older daughter Becky (Lecy Goranson) is a waitress with a money-making plan that doesn’t sit well with her mother, and son D.J. (Michael Fishman), the father of a biracial daughter, is a military veteran whose wife is serving abroad.

The brash, edgy tone of ABC’s comedy (March 27, Tuesdays at 8 ET/PT) also remains intact, 21 years after the show ended its nine-season run. For all the issues the show tackles, Barr says the revival is mostly about reuniting and making the 10th season she always wanted.

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