Way back in August, I told you guys about how Roseanne was working on a new sitcom called Downwardly Moble. Back then, it was described as a way to “mine similar territory to her hit 1990s sitcom Roseanne: a close-knit blue-collar family living in tough economic times.” I was insanely, unbelievably excited about the prospect, and I still am. I love Roseanne to pieces, and everything she does is just fabulous. I would watch a new sitcom starring Roseanne like I would watch … I don’t know, I’m just super pumped to see this show, ok?
But listen. Listen. Now I am approximately a zillion times more excited for this show than I was before. And you know why? Because of a certain co-star who will be on the show. A very familiar co-star. Can you guess who it is? You’ll never believe it.
IT’S JOHN GOODMAN. John Goodman is going to be on Roseanne’s new sitcom, and if that doesn’t completely blow your mind, then you need to go back to the 90’s and watch a few episodes of Roseanne and reevaluate your television watching. Dan and Roseanne will be together again* and this is the best thing that ever happened.
Here’s the report from Deadline:
Roseanne co-stars Roseanne Barr and John Goodman together again. I’ve learned that, after lengthy negations, Goodman is in final negotiations to join Barr’s new sitcom, the NBC pilot Downwardly Mobile. Co-created by Barr, her boyfriend John Argent and Eric Gilliland, who will serve as showrunner, the multicamera Downwardly Mobile stars Barr as the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Goodman will play a man who works at the park and has a buddy relationship with Barr’s character. Barr and Gilliland wrote the script and are executive producing with Argent. Goodman’s casting completes a bigRoseanne reunion on the pilot. Gilliland is a former Roseanne executive producer. Gail Mancuso, who spent seven years on the ABC comedy and got her start as a director there, is directing the pilot. And Downwardly Mobile’s casting director Risa Bramon Garcia with Billly Hopkins cast the pilot for Roseanne. Goodman, hot off his turn in The Artist, has several movies in the pipeline, including the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. He also just signed on for Trouble With The Curve. On TV, Gersh-repped Goodman most recently co-starred on Damages.
No joke, I almost cried when I read that. Just like I almost cry every time I see a photo of John Goodman nowadays because I can’t help thinking of all the things Dan could have done in this world. Roseanne ruined me, and I can’t wait for Downwardly Mobile to do the exact same thing. You hurt so good, Roseanne!
What about you guys? Will you be watching this show?
*Hopefully this won’t be like that time that Dan had a heart attack and died and Roseanne pretended that he didn’t and gave the world the biggest mind f*ck of a series finale that I’ve ever seen. Could you imagine? I still can’t watch that episode without crying for three hours and questioning everything I’ve ever known.