ABC has announced that its revival of family comedy Roseanne has been renewed for a second season, bringing the series to 11 seasons overall.
“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the Roseanne team has in store for next year,” Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, said.
Given the movie careers of stars John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, as well as Sara Gilbert’s duties to CBS daytime series The Talk, season two will have 13 episodes, up from season one’s 9 but decidedly less than ABC wanted considering the magnitude of the show’s success. Its season premiere earned a 5.2 in the 18-49 demo and has already risen a point in delayed viewing, with the show garnering significant buzz for its protagonist’s pro-Trump views.
What will be most interesting going forward is whether ABC opts to premiere a new show next fall post-Roseanne, perhaps one of the multi-cams they have in development, or try to boost a veteran. With Roseanne not doing 22 episodes a season, the 8:00 slot next season will have to go to something and they might not be comfortable shifting a new show there so soon. It all depends on how strong Roseanne remains and how much faith they have in their development.
Roseanne airs Tuesdays at 8:00 on ABC.