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ABC reveals that Roseanne revival will premiere March 27
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ABC reveals that Roseanne revival will premiere March 27

They've been hard at work on the revival of the hit TV sitcom that wrapped 20 years ago, teasing photos from the set over the past few weeks.

Now ABC has revealed Roseanne will be back on screen on March 27 in an hour-long episode titled Twenty Years To Life.

A new picture of the entire cast was also released, with Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as parents Roseanne and Dan Connor on set in the living room of their home surrounded by their extended family.

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Family portrait: ABC released a new snap of Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as Roseanne and Dan Connor and their extended family as they revealed the revival will air on March 27

Family portrait: ABC released a new snap of Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as Roseanne and Dan Connor and their extended family as they revealed the revival will air on March 27

The snap includes their now grown children; Michael Fishman as D.J;  Sara Gilbert as Darlene; Alicia Goranson as Beccy and Laurie Metcalfe as Roseanne's sister Jackie.

Beccy was also played by Sarah Chalke and she was featured in the new image, although her role has yet to be revealed.

Johnny Galecki, 42, was not in the shot but he will reprise his role as Darlene's boyfriend then husband David Healy for one episode after being loaned from his hit CBS show The Big Bang Theory.

Sitcom stars: Sara Gilbert, 42, Roseanne and John, both 65, also appeared in a new still released on Tuesday by ABC ahead of the forthcoming revival

Sitcom stars: Sara Gilbert, 42, Roseanne and John, both 65, also appeared in a new still released on Tuesday by ABC ahead of the forthcoming revival

Story dilemma: John, pictured in Los Angeles in March, will reprise his role as Dan even though the character died of a heart attack in the 1997 finale

Story dilemma: John, pictured in Los Angeles in March, will reprise his role as Dan even though the character died of a heart attack in the 1997 finale

The eight-episode revival poses something of a problem for the screenwriters.

John, 64, will reprise his starring role as father Dan, despite the fact that he died of a heart attack in the season nine finale. 

The episode ending the original run was titled Into That Good Night and aired on May 20, 1997, wrapping the show that kicked off in 1988.  

Popular show: John, Michael, Laurie, Sara , Roseanne and Alicia in a 1995 still from the hit ABC sitcom

Popular show: John, Michael, Laurie, Sara , Roseanne and Alicia in a 1995 still from the hit ABC sitcom

Middle child: Sara, pictured in August 2016 in Los Angeles, will be back as  Darlene

Middle child: Sara, pictured in August 2016 in Los Angeles, will be back as Darlene

Earlier this week, ABC released a still showing Darlene and Roseanne sitting at the top of a bed while Dan knelt at the end facing them in an episode titled Dress To Impress.

Roseanne was lauded for tackling groundbreaking issues that had not been addressed previously on network television sitcoms.

The main protagonist was a working mother in a blue-collar family. It also featured gay characters coming out. 

Milestone episode: Bottom row John, Roseanne  and Laurie with, top row, Sara,  Michael and Alicia celebrating the show's 100th episode in 1995

Milestone episode: Bottom row John, Roseanne  and Laurie with, top row, Sara,  Michael and Alicia celebrating the show's 100th episode in 1995