A promotional spot for the return of actress Roseanne Barr's hit sitcom "Roseanne" has poked fun at the resurrection of star John Goodman. The series revival will reportedly ignore the death of Goodman's character during the original run (video below).
On Dec. 27, ABC released a promo for the "Roseanne" revival, featuring Goodman and actress Lecy Goranson as the father-daughter pair of Dan and Becky Conner, Today reports.
While Dan succumbed to a heart attack in the show's 1997 finale, the latest teaser showed him watching a basketball game with his daughter. Enter Barr's titular character Roseanne, asking them about the game.
"I still think the Bulls of '96-'97, would have beat these guys anytime," Dan tells Roseanne, in an apparent reference to the year that the original series concluded.
"You can't live in the past, Dan!" Roseanne responds. "When things are gone, they're gone forever."
It would appear that Dan was not destined to be gone forever.
The "Roseanne" revival is scheduled to air across television on March 27. The original cast has been confirmed to return, including Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, and Sarah Chalke.
On Aug. 6, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey signaled during a press conference that the sitcom's revival would disregard certain plot lines from the original run's finale, including the death of Dan.
"I'm not going to talk too specifically. ... Dan is very much alive," Dungey said, according to IndieWire.
"It is very much tonally similar to the original show," Dungey added. "It's unflinching, it's honest, it is irreverent and it's also really really funny."
On June 8, Goodman revealed during an interview that he had been personally struggling during the series' original release.
"I didn't appreciate it at the time," Goodman told ABC News. "I started drinking a lot. ... If I felt great, I'd have to have a drink to make it greater, to have more fun. Looking back on it I wish I would have appreciated more. I admired the hell out of Roseanne."
The actor added that he was excited to reprise his role as the patriarch of the Conner family.
"People are excited because they have fond memories of the old show, which is still running," Goodman said. "You run the risk of disappointing people, but don't think it's going to happen."
When asked how the show would explain Dan's return from the dead, Goodman theorized, "I think they're just going to ignore it."