HOLLYWOOD – Melissa McCarthy is to star in a remake of the late 80s early 90s sitcom Roseanne for Netflix.

The new Netflix version of Roseanne Barr’s groundbreaking sitcom Roseanne will star Melissa McCarthy in the role of the Roseanne Connor, the working mother who keeps her blue collar family together with her sharp witty tongue. Kevin James is on board to play her husband Dan.

McCarthy had this to say about the project:

I’ve always been a huge fan of Roseanne Barr. For me she was a hero and a role model. She broke a lot of ground as a comedian for women and when Netflix came to me with the idea I thought it sounded amazing. I agreed straight away.

Will the show be updated?

Absolutely. The original Roseanne was very much of its time. It was a show that spoke to the Clinton years really. Aspirational and working class. There was an optimism despite all the hardship and hard times. Nowadays, things have changed. We have a Trump presidency to look forward to and I think my Roseanne is going to be angrier and more bitter. She’s going to spend a lot of time on Twitter rants and working out why the bank are foreclosing on her house. In order to lighten the mood a little, I’ve also introduced a concept I’d like to call ‘Ghostbusting’.


Having lost her job, Dan and Roseanne start up a new business where they investigate and capture paranormal activity and amusing CGI apparitions.

That sounds…

Absolutely amazing. I know, right?

The Netflix original series will drop twenty episodes some time early in 2017.

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  1. How to fix the now dead Roseanne show without Roseanne Barr as the lead character: Melissa McCarthy to the rescue.
    Season 10 ended with the basement in the Conner family home being flooded. A “state of emergency is declared for Illinois, making the Conners eligible for FEMA money to fix the house.

    The Conner family gets the FEMA money to fix the house, Rosie gets killed in a construction accident, Dan Conner marries the Melissa McCarthy character and lo and behold they continue on with Melissa as “the new Mrs. Conner”.

    Only question is, can they afford Melissa McCarthy and would she do it.

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