Secrets of the ROSEANNE reboot
What’s our fave dysfunctional family hiding? NW discovers...
Thirty years after its original run, Roseanne has returned to TV – and more than 18.2 million Americans welcomed the Conner family back for its premiere episode. Wowza! But Roseanne ( Roseanne Barr) and her working-class fam have some skeletons in their closest – hey, it has been shut for three decades! – so we’ve done some digging and unearthed the secrets of the reboot.
THE MISSING COUCH
The production team needed a sit-down ahead of filming to track down the Conners’ famous couch from all those years ago. Despite John Goodman (who plays Dan) claiming that the Smithsonian museum had the original sofa, it was actually acquired by a superfan back in the day. “Sara Gilbert (who plays Darlene) tried to get the original back, but the new owner had too many costly situations,” an insider says. In the
end they had a replica made.
WHY GEORGE REALLY WON’T COME BACK
Before he was an Oscarwinning movie star, George Clooney played Booker Brooks – Roseanne and Jackie’s ( Laurie Metcalf) boss at Wellman Plastics. George was offered a cameo in the reboot, but he “didn’t want to come on”, says Roseanne. “That was a bummer, but he lives in Italy.” However, it’s claimed the real reason he wasn’t up for it was because of clashing political views. He’s notoriously liberal, while Roseanne’s a Trump supporter, so “there was no way he was coming back”, claims the source. Gutted.
SANDRA RETURNED FOR THE PAYCHECK
Although Sandra Bernhard is just as liberal as Mr Clooney, she was excited to be asked to return to her role as Roseanne and Jackie’s bisexual friend Nancy Bartlett. “According to Sandra, she doesn’t have the luxury of turning down a paying gig,” says an insider.
The cast created a shrine for actor Glenn Quinn – who played Becky’s hot, dim-witted hubby Mark – after he sadly died of a heroin overdose in 2002. “Not only is Darlene’s son named after [his late] Uncle Mark, but Roseanne has a photo of Glenn on the set that the whole cast touches before they take their opening bows,” a source admits.
WHAT’S IN THE FRIDGE?
“A crazy fan letter that was kept in the freezer during the show’s original run made its way back onto the set, thanks to Roseanne, who had it re-created,” says an insider. “John, who called the fan ‘nuts’, was surprised to find she’s hidden the wacky [letter] back in the icebox.”
Roseanne airs 7.30pm
Mondays on Ten
A lot may have changed for last year’s The Bachelor villain Jen Hawke since she walked out on hunky Matthew “Matty J” Johnson. But one thing’s remained the same – she’s still struggling to find a man worthy of her time.
“On the show, I never got a single date from Matty J, so now I’m organising my own even better ones,” Jen tells NW, revealing that she’s now looking for love on new dating app We-date.
The app, she explains, allows its users to upload their perfect date, complete with a location, time and day, and wait for a potential love interest to offer to take them on it.
Uh Uh-uh, uh the idea is to match with your potential Prince (or Princess) Charming over a “dream first date” as opposed to their selfie.
“I’ve already posted my first date, which is for a great record store and jazz bar in [Sydney’s] Newtown,” Jen admits. “I think We-date is making g dating exciting again. I know so many girls who are sick of ‘Netflix and chill’ l’ nights, however, they settle because they think it’s all that’s on offer.” ”
Not anymore, babes!
Download We-date at the App Store
George will remain in our memories from Season One We’ll never forget Becky (Lecy Goranson) and Mark