Roseanne Barr has a new sitcom in the works. Are you ready for her return?


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Roseanne Barr is going to have an awfully busy year ahead of her. In addition to running for president of the United States of America and maintaining all the upkeep that comes with running a macadamia nut farm, the Emmy-winning actress/comedienne is also finally making her long-anticipated return to prime-time television.

20th Century Fox Television confirmed to EW that Barr has a deal in place for a new sitcom called Downwardly Mobile, which she will write and star in. Barr will work with her longtime boyfriend Johnny Argent on the project, as well as Roseanne’s Nuts executive producer Steven Greener, who will hold the same title for this series.

No matter you personal feelings towards Barr, this is exciting news and nothing short of sweet music to the ears of fans of her classic sitcom Roseanne. It’s been more than 14 years since the game-changing Roseanne left the air and the void has been felt since. Despite its lackluster last few seasons, has there ever been a sit-com that more accurately portrayed life in the working class?

Thankfully, the show, which Barr has had in the works for over two years now, won’t fall too far from the Roseanne tree. Downwardly Mobile will reportedly be about a blue-collar family living through hard times, which as EW’s Tanner Stransky pondered back in 2009, could be something along the lines a possible resurrection of the beloved Connor clan.

With yet another economic scare looming over the country, could Barr be just the voice we need? While Barr’s behavior can be as unpredictable as the volatile stock market, her track record in the sitcom world makes her one of the safest TV bets out there.

Are you excited to hear more about Roseanne’s upcoming show? Are you glad she’s likely sticking to a similar set-up to that of Roseanne or do you think she should branch out a bit?

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  • Jeff M.

    Oh God, say it aint so! I can’t stand this woman. She can not act or be funny. look at all the drama she had on her first show in the 80’s. Please God no more Roseanne!

    • MCJ

      But all that drama was BEHIND the scenes. Now it’s played out in real time on camera and she really is quite insane (she defends Sheen, that says it all). But because she is so self-destructive, it’s quite fun to watch.

      • Devin “Badass Digest” Faraci

        She destroyed her parents with false sexual molestation charges, so she can go take a flying F**K at the moon.

  • Dicazi


  • Sue1

    Hell no.

    • Regina George


    • pastafarian

      Hell maybe?

  • MCJ

    She’s harder to take on the talk show circuit giving her opinion about things no one wants to hear. She is crazy, but she’s also quite funny on this new show. She’s her own worst enemy…in all areas of her life. People just have to resist the urge to think for one second she’s sane. She is NUTS!!!

  • Emily

    …could Barr be the voice we need? He-ll to the NO!

  • Clete

    When is she going to have time for a sit-com? Isn’t she running for President?

  • Yolanda Reyes

    I like Roseanne’s new show . So far I’ve liked every epesode . My favorite one is “Grannies Night out ” Phillis Diller , Sandra Bernhard & Roseanne, together ! Omg , so funny !

  • Diane

    can’t wait. I loved Rosanne

  • jrs

    Great news. Yea, the lady is kinda freaky and weird, and her reality show just sucks. I’m a big fan of hers and tried watching it, but gave up after the first two episodes. But, there’s no denying the original Roseanne show was one of TV’s greats! I loved it and still watch reruns quite a bit (unless it’s a show after they won the lottery).

  • Lori Adams

    Roseanne is a comic genius and her first series is my all-time favorite! She is not for everyone, but she is for me!

  • Cheeseburger in Paradise

    100% batsh*t, outhouse rat, chainsaw insane.

  • Jake

    WOW! so many old sitcom stars are coming back to TV!! Cant Wait!!!

  • Eugenerobin

    Oh absolutely yes!!!! You are great Roseanne!! Strange? okay, even you admit that. But at least you are not like those housewives on Bravo!!! You have a great heart and I wish you all the best. You Go Girl!!!

    • Kat

      Love that she isn’t dying her hair. She looks good. I probably wouldn’t get along with her in person, but I loved her on Roseanne.

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  • Liz

    I loved the first show, so I’ll watch. I’m glad it’s blue collar, the We Won the Lottery episodes were just awful.

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