Se­crets of the ROSEANNE re­boot

What’s our fave dys­func­tional fam­ily hid­ing? NW dis­cov­ers...

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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.

RE­MEM­BER­ING MARK

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

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