Fifteen years after the end of their hit sitcom Roseanne, NBC will be the staging a reunion of sorts. John Goodman is currently in talks to reunite with TV wife Roseanne Barr for the NBC comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile.
The NBC comedy pilot will star Barr as an outspoken proprietor and den mother to an array of characters at a mobile home park. Goodman is allegedly close to finalizing a deal to co-star in Barr’s pilot, according to Variety.
Goodman, who played Roseanne’s loyal husband Dan Conner for nine seasons on the ABC comedy from 1988-1997, will play one of the guys who work at the park. Goodman recently stated that he wouldn’t mind being on a series again. “You get tired living out of a suitcase,” said Goodman.
Goodman has returned to the screen in recent years in HBO’s Treme and the Oscar-nominated film The Artist. Roseanne is also slowly making her way back into the spotlight as well. In the summer of 2011, she was featured on her own Lifetime reality series Roseanne’s Nuts, as well as putting her name on California’s primary ballot for the Green Party.
Barr is writing and executive producing the multicamera pilot, from 20th Television, alongside Eric Gilliland, a former writer and executive producer on Roseanne. John Argent, Barr’s boyfriend who appeared on her Lifetime unscripted series, will also executive produce.
Roseanne was a ratings performer for the network, ranking as the most-watched show in the U.S. from 1989-1990 and landing in the top 20 for eight of its nine seasons, according to Nielsen.
The casting becomes the second this development season to feature famed cast reunions, with ABC’s off-cycle comedy The Manzanis reuniting Cheers alums Kirstie Alley and Rhea Pearlman.