LA Times – You saw it coming: ABC renews ‘Roseanne’ reboot

There’s more “Roseanne” coming to ABC.

Fresh off the blockbuster return of the family sitcom — whose Tuesday premiere pulled in a whopping 18.2 million viewers — the network announced Friday that it will keep the revival going with an 11th season.

“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,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, in a statement.

Twenty-one years after the series finale, the sitcom about a working class family stunned media observers this week with its massive ratings. The series — complete with original cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and even the two actresses (Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke) who took turns playing daughter Becky — was the second-most watched scripted TV show of the season and the largest audience for a sitcom since September 2014.

One element of the new “Roseanne” that has people talking is that Roseanne Conner is a Donald Trump supporter, a stance she shares with the actress. Meanwhile, Roseanne’s sister Jackie (Metcalf) is a Hillary Clinton supporter who voted for Jill Stein. The opposing political views, in many ways, reflect the tensions the presidential election exposed in many families.

Its impressive return spurred a flood of think pieces examining its relevance to the current political climate.

The 11th season will consist of 13 episodes.

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