The opening title sequence for the reboot features exactly the same theme music as the original series, shows the Conner family back around the same familiar kitchen table, and ends with that same iconic laugh. And of course, Dan is alive and well.
One of the new characters shown in the opening credits is Roseanne's grandson Mark (Ames McNamara), who is gender nonconforming and dresses in clothes that are more traditionally worn by girls. "He's a little boy. He's based on a few kids in my life that are boys who dress in more traditionally feminine clothing," , who also plays Darlene in the show. "He's too young to be gay and he doesn't identify as transgender, but he just likes wearing that kind of clothing and that's where he is at this point in his life."
It has also been revealed that the reboot will be more political than the original series, with the Conner family divided in the wake of Donald Trump's election. "I always tried to have [the show] be a true reflection of the society we live in," Barr said. "Half the people voted for Trump and half didn't, so it's just realistic. I've always tried to portray a realistic picture of American working class people, and it was working class people who elected Trump, so I felt that was very real."
The new nine-episode season of Roseanne will premiere on March 27, 2018 with a special hour-long episode. It'll air on Tuesdays at 8pm ET, the same time slot the original series had for its final two seasons.