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It’s been 15 years since Roseanne ended, but it looks like John Goodman and Rozanne Barr are going to reunite in a new sitcom called Downwardly Mobile. Goodman has signed on to star in the pilot.
Deadline reported Friday that Goodman is in the final negotiation stages to star in the NBC sitcom, which was created by Barr, boyfriend John Argent and Eric Gilliland. Gilliland, who was a writer on Roseanne, notes Entertainment Weekly, will act as showrunner.
When the show was first picked up by NBC last month, the network described the multi-camera comedy as centering on the owner of a mobile home park, played by Barr. The character acts as “surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy,” according to NBC. 20th Century Fox Television will produce the series.
Downwardly Mobile has plenty of other Roseanne alumni. Deadline notes that Gail Mancuso, who directed several episodes of the hit show, will direct the Downwardly Mobile pilot. Casting directors Risa Bramon Garcia and Billly Hopkins also cast the Roseanne pilot.
Goodman, who is coming off of his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated The Artist, also has a recurring role in NBC’s Community as Vice Dean Laybourne. He also has a role in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He won an Emmy in 2007 for his guest role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and was nominated for Emmys every year from 1989 to 1995 for his role in Roseanne. Goodman also starred in The Big Lebowski.
As for Barr, she made headlines last week when she announced that she wants to run for President as the Green Party candidate.