Over at NBC this pilot season, Roseanne Barr is currently plotting her return to television in a comedy called Downwardly Mobile. While there’s no guarantee that the project will make it to air, casting has begun for the sitcom, with Barr in the lead role, and her former Roseanne EP Eric Gilliland serving as showrunner. Now, a new blast of Roseanne past is in the final steps to reunting with Barr on-screen: John Goodman.
Deadline reports that Goodman, who played Barr’s on-screen husband on Roseanne for nine seasons, is in final negotiations to star as the man in a potential relationship with Barr in her new sitcom. In the series, Barr plays the owner of a trailer park and acts like a “surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy.” Goodman will play one of the park’s workers.
Roseanne director Gail Mancuso will be helming the pilot, and it’s suddenly become one of the most high profile projects that the network has to offer. With plenty of promise behind the series now, it certainly seems that NBC will be looking to revitalize their NBC Comedy Thursdays, that have arguably grown a bit stale in certain timeslots.
We’ll keep you updated on the status of the pilot as production develops, and NBC begins to make pick ups in the near future.