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ABC's ROSEANNE Reboot Will Feature 'Gender Creative' 9-Year-Old Character


Showbiz911's Roger Friedman reports exclusively that ABC's recently announced reboot of the hit 1990's comedy ROSEANNE will feature a 'gender creative' 9-year-old character. Friedman reports that Sarah Gilbert's 'Darlene' and Johnny Galecki's 'David' will have two children in the latest incarnation of the show. Their teen daughter Harris is described as "aspirational and upwardly mobile- she's determined to do better than her parents but she's not snotty about it."

In addition, the couple will have a son named 'Mark' described as "gender creative." The casting call for the role says they are looking for a child who can portray "sensitive and effeminate" and "displays qualities of both young female and male traits." The character This will mark the first time a character which fits this description has been portrayed on network television. Such a character already is featured on cable TV however with Asia Kate Dillon's 'Taylor' on Showtime's BILLIONS.

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When it premiered on ABC, the series broke new ground for its realistic portrayal of a working-class family, the Conners, barely scraping by in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. It also dominated the ratings as one of the highest-rated television series on the air for its near-decade run. A comedy about ordinary people who faced day-to-day survival with a sense of the absurdity of it all, the inimitable Roseanne was its epicenter. Lauded for its humor, relevance, warmth and honesty, the Conner family will continue to deal with the economic challenges of living pay check to pay check in 2018. In its nine seasons on ABC, in addition to being a primetime ratings hit, the series won a Peabody Award and a Golden Globe Award for best television series (comedy or musical). Barr and Goodman each won Golden Globes for best performance by an actress and actor. Barr went on to win an Emmy as lead actress, and Metcalf won two supporting actress Emmys for her work on the series.

Metcalf recently received a Best Lead Actress nomination for her performance in A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2. Her other Broadway credits include MISERY, THE OTHER PLACE, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and NOVEMBER. Co-star John Goodman has also made several appearances on Broadway since the show concluded in 1997. The actor most recently appeared in the revival of THE FRONT PAGE. His other Broadway credits include WAITING FOR GODOT AND BIG RIVER.

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