Great news for fans of working-class comedy: Roseanne Barr has sold a sitcom idea to NBC! ”The network bought the multi-camera comedy, titled Downwardly Mobile, with a script commitment plus penalty. Co-created by Barr, her boyfriend John Argent and former Roseanne executive producer Eric Gilliland, who will serve as showrunner, the ensemble comedy revolves around a family and friends living in a mobile home community,” according to Deadline Hollywood.
Of course this is a perfect time for Roseanne’s blue collar humor to come back to TV. As Deadline Hollywood notes, “The timing of Barr’s new sitcom is reminiscent of that of Roseanne, which resonated with viewers for its realistic depiction of the struggles of the lower middle class in the post-Ronald Reagan America. Two decades later, America’s working class is going through similarly tough economic times.”
I’m a bit shocked that Roseanne would even try to enter the sitcom world again after everything she told New York Magazine about her nine years on her first show. (That article is a must-read if you’re interested in comedy, feminism, reality TV, Hollywood, mental illness, motherhood, life in America or human nature.) Her recent foray into reality TV, Roseanne’s Nuts, was canceled after one season on Lifetime.
Roseanne wasn’t quite as iconic as The Cosby Show or Cheers, but recent viewings of Roseanne re-runs have reminded me that the show still holds up as hilarious, timeless entertainment in the same way The Golden Girls does. Maybe that’s because both shows, anchored by women, centered on relationships over anything else and focused on the one problem almost all of us have to deal with: living with people we love who drive us crazy.
In honor of Roseanne’s prospective return to sitcom glory and since it’s that time of year, I thought I’d post one of my favorite clips from her original show, what is described on YouTube as “The Best Roseanne Halloween.” Enjoy!
Are you excited about seeing Roseanne on a major network again?
Image: Roseanne’s official site