ABC’s Roseanne revival is likely welcoming a familiar face back to its ranks.
Talks to bring Johnny Galecki back to the reboot are “ongoing,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.
The current Big Bang Theory star played David Healy for nearly 100 episodes from seasons four through nine of Roseanne, working with Chuck Lorre on the family comedy before the duo reconnected again for the CBS series.
One of the big burning questions for ABC’s Roseanne revival was if the actor, who recently signed on for two additional seasons of the CBS comedy from producers Warner Bros. Television, would reprise his role. With that now seemingly answered, what still remains to be seen is if David and Becky return as a couple.
Per Roseanne‘s season-nine finale, Mark was Darlene’s husband and David and Becky were together the entire time. That’s a massive change after eight seasons of David and Darlene — and Galecki and Sara Gilbert’s brief onscreen reunion on The Big Bang Theory (which was created by Lorre).
Galecki’s Roseanne return comes as he is also juggling executive producing on the upcoming CBS comedy By the Book, which is also slated for midseason (where it could compete opposite Roseanne).
In addition to Roseanne Barr, original castmember John Goodman, whose Dan Conner was revealed to have died in a heart attack in the series finale, is set to return for the eight-episode revival. (Dungey on Sunday confirmed that the events of the series finale involving Dan will be ignored.) Goodman joins fellow original castmembers Gilbert (Roseanne’s youngest daughter, Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne’s sister, Jackie), Michael Fishman (son, DJ) and Lecy Goranson (eldest daughter, Becky) as well as Sarah Chalke, who, while stepping in to play Becky, is playing a new mystery character.
Tom Werner and Bruce Helford are returning to executive produce the revival, spearheaded by Gilbert, who also serves in the same capacity. They are joined by series newcomers Whitney Cummings and Jax Media’s Tony Hernandez. Barr, as she did during the 220-episode-plus initial run, will continue to write on the series.