Roseanne (season 10)

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Roseanne (season 10)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes9
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseMarch 27 (2018-03-27) – May 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)
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The tenth and final season of the American television sitcom Roseanne follows the Conners, a working-class family, struggling to get by on a limited household income in their home at 714 Delaware Street in the drab fictional mid-state exurb of Lanford, Illinois. The season was produced by Carsey-Werner Television, with Roseanne Barr, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings, Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner, and Tony Hernandez serving as executive producers.

Barr starred as Roseanne Conner, while John Goodman played Dan Conner. They were joined by principal cast members Laurie Metcalf, Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman, who reprised their roles from the previous seasons, with Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey joining them. Development on a revival of Roseanne series, with Barr, Goodman, and Gilbert. ABC ordered a tenth season revival of the series, consisting of eight episodes, set to air as a mid-season replacement during the 2017–18 television season, with the original cast. Production on the season began in October 2017. An additional episode was ordered in November 2017.

The season premiere was watched by 27.3 million viewers and had a 5.2 rating in the 18–49 demographic, the highest rated Tuesday entertainment telecast in six years among adults 18–49, and television's highest rated comedy telecast on any night in 3.5 years, since The Big Bang Theory in September 2014. The season, which began airing on ABC on March 27, 2018, has received generally positive reviews from critics. The series was renewed for an eleventh season on March 30, 2018, just three days after the season premiere,[1] but the series was subsequently cancelled by ABC on May 29, 2018, following allegedly[2] racist remarks made by Barr on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to Barack Obama.[3][4][5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
2231"Twenty Years to Life"John PasquinBruce RasmussenMarch 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)100118.44[15]
Darlene Conner, separated from her husband David Healy, moves in with her parents, Roseanne and Dan Conner. With her are her and David's two children, adolescent-daughter, Harris, and pre-teen son, Mark. Darlene initially claims she returned to care for her aging parents but eventually admits to losing her publishing job in Chicago. She reunites Roseanne with her sister, Jackie Harris, after their year-long feud over the 2016 presidential election and Roseanne's support of Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Becky, who is widowed and working as a waitress at a Mexican restaurant, announces she is being paid $50,000 to be a surrogate for a childless couple. However, Becky has told the couple she is ten years younger than her actual age. D.J. Conner, a military veteran, is married and has a young daughter, Mary. His wife, Gina, also in the military, is serving overseas.
2242"Dress to Impress"John PasquinDarlene HuntMarch 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)100318.44[15]
Dan and Roseanne take issue with Mark wearing girls' clothing to school. Mark gets into trouble after displaying a knife that Dan gave him, to another student. He later admits to Darlene that he was being bullied. Due to her family's zany personalities, Becky is reluctant when Andrea wants interviews the Conners to learn about their genetic history before proceeding with Becky as her surrogate.
2253"Roseanne Gets the Chair"John PasquinSid YoungersApril 3, 2018 (2018-04-03)100215.39[16]
Dan installs a stair-lift chair for Roseanne, who has a bad knee. She resists using it because it makes her feel old. Dan and Roseanne criticize Darlene's permissive parenting after Harris acts disrespectfully and is careless around the house. Roseanne punishes Harris for continually hogging the washer and dryer with her clothes, while Darlene discovers Harris is selling stolen apparel on Etsy. Harris admits she is unhappy living in Lanford and wanted to earn money to move back to Chicago.
2264"Eggs Over, Not Easy"John PasquinMorgan MurphyApril 10, 2018 (2018-04-10)100413.77[17]
Andrea and Jackie accompany Becky to her surrogacy medical appointment. However, due to Becky's age, the doctor determines she has less than a 5% chance of conceiving. Darlene helps Becky come to terms with her inability to move on following Mark's death. Roseanne later shows up at Becky's workplace and consoles her, saying that having a child at Becky's age is not impossible and reminding Becky that Roseanne had a child in her 40s. Meanwhile, Roseanne and Jackie retrieve a rescue dog that Becky adopted, but was forced to return. Jackie wants to keep it, but the animal shelter will not allow her to take it, claiming she is too old and the dog would outlive her.
2275"Darlene v. David"Gail MancusoBruce HelfordApril 17, 2018 (2018-04-17)100613.26[18]
David, having left Darlene and the kids to do humanitarian work abroad, returns to Lanford for Harris's birthday. He tells Darlene he is moving back permanently, but has met someone and wants a divorce. He and Darlene spend the night together and decide to reconcile, but Darlene later reconsiders after Roseanne and Becky point out that she and David have grown apart, making reconciliation difficult. Meanwhile, Roseanne and Jackie are dismayed when their mother, Bev, arrives after being expelled from her nursing home for having sex with residents and spreading STDs.
2286"No Country for Old Women"Gail MancusoDave CaplanMay 1, 2018 (2018-05-01)100910.42[19]
Roseanne and Jackie stress over Bev's care, so the two agree their mother will live with both of them on alternate weeks. When Bev's perpetual nagging sets them off, Bev moves into Becky's apartment; Becky then wants to move to her parents' house after discovering Bev having sex with an elderly gentleman. Jackie saves Bev from a half-hearted suicide attempt, and admits her life is better by having her mother in it and wants Bev to stay with her. Meanwhile, Mark helps Dan build a birdhouse for a client, but is dismayed when his creativity is under-appreciated; Dan kindly tells Mark that his birdhouse, which has an unorthodox design, would be unacceptable to the client. Darlene tells Mark that he needs to find the balance between respecting the client's wishes and being creative.
2297"Go Cubs"Andrew D. WeymanDave CaplanMay 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)100510.29[20]
When Dan and longtime friend and co-worker Chuck lose an important drywall contract after their client hires a company using illegal immigrants, the Conners struggle financially, resulting in their Wi-Fi being cut off. With Mary due to Skype with her mother, Gina (who is serving in Afghanistan), Roseanne overcomes her prejudices and asks the new Muslim neighbors for their Wi-Fi password, waking them up at 2:00 a.m. They agree, understanding the circumstances. D.J. confides to Dan that he is having some difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life after the Army denied him serving another tour of duty. Dan proposes an idea for D.J. to earn money.
2308"Netflix & Pill"Andrew D. WeymanBetsy BornsMay 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)100710.73[21]
At Dan and Roseanne's 45th anniversary dinner, DJ and Darlene point out to their parents that their credit card has reward points. Dan discovers they have enough for one night at The Radford Suites and also a honey-baked ham. At the hotel, they are required to register a credit card to pay for incidental charges, but the card is declined. They decide to enjoy the ham at home. Also, Roseanne claims that most of her pain pills have disappeared, but Dan later discovers she has been collecting and hiding other peoples' leftover medications, even for ailments unrelated to hers. He insists she schedule the surgery for her bad knee, even though the co-pay costs $3,000. Meanwhile, Roseanne's longtime friend Crystal is retiring from her casino job and offers to recommend one of the Conner girls as her replacement. Darlene considers it an unsuitable career move, but Dan urges her to take it to help her children. A conflict arises when Becky, stuck in a dead-end restaurant job, also wants it; Darlene takes the job but offers Becky a career suggestion.
2319"Knee Deep"Gail MancusoBruce RasmussenMay 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)100810.58[22]
A flood hits Lanford, filling the Conners' basement with water. Dan estimates it will cost $20,000 to repair the foundation. He regretfully tells Chuck that he had to hire cheaper labor to compete for a contract, citing he needs the job to provide for his family. Roseanne and Jackie look for items to sell to help pay for Roseanne's surgery. The Conners find themselves rooting for the president to declare a state of emergency so they can collect federal funding to conduct needed repairs. Dan says he can do the labor himself and have enough money left over for Roseanne's knee surgery. Meanwhile, Darlene reluctantly utilizes Becky's advice for getting better tips at her casino job. The night before Roseanne's surgery, the family prepares all her favorite foods. With the federal funding providing plentiful construction jobs in the area, Dan and Chuck form a partnership.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

During Roseanne's ninth season, Roseanne Barr was in negotiations with Carsey-Werner Productions to continue playing Roseanne Conner in a spin-off. ABC, which had an option on the spinoff, initially expressed interest but withdrew from negotiations due to the high cost, with a different network poised to pick up the project.[23] However, after failed discussions with CBS and Fox, Barr and Carsey-Werner agreed "to call it a day" and discontinue the negotiations for the spinoff.[24] In the fall of 2008, Barr commented on what the current whereabouts of the Conners would be, saying "I've always said now that if they were on TV, DJ would have been killed in Iraq and [the Conners] would have lost their house." She refused to reveal anymore information on the rest of the Conners in the hope that it "may be developed later".[25] In December 2009, Barr posted an entry on her website regarding what a possible Roseanne reunion would be like, which included: DJ getting published, Mark dying in Iraq; David leaving Darlene for a woman half his age, Darlene coming out and meeting a woman and having a test tube baby with her, Roseanne and Jackie opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in Lanford, Dan reappearing alive after faking his death [in the series finale], and Bonnie being arrested for selling crack.[26]

In April 2017, reports circulated that an eight-episode revival of the series was being shopped to multiple networks including ABC and Netflix, spearheaded by Sara Gilbert with Roseanne Barr and John Goodman set to reprise their roles alongside Gilbert.[27][28] On May 16, 2017, ABC announced that Roseanne would return for an eight-episode tenth season set to air as a mid-season replacement during the 2017–18 television season.[6] An additional episode was ordered on November 13, 2017, bringing the total for the season to nine episodes.[29]

Casting[edit]

Main cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman return from previous seasons as Roseanne Conner, Dan Conner, Jackie Harris, Becky Conner-Healy, Darlene Conner, and D.J. Conner, respectively.[6] In September 2017, Ames McNamara was announced to be cast as Mark Conner-Healy, Darlene and David's 8-year-old son;[8] while Emma Kenney was cast as Harris Conner-Healy, David and Darlene's teenage daughter.[7] Jayden Rey joined the cast in October as Mary Conner, D.J.'s daughter.[9][30] Sarah Chalke, who played Becky during the later seasons of the series, appears as Andrea, a married woman who hires Becky to be her surrogate.[9] Also returning from earlier in the series are Judy Prescott as Miss Crane,[10] Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris,[11] Sandra Bernhard as Nancy Bartlett,[11] Natalie West as Crystal Anderson,[9] James Pickens, Jr. as Chuck Mitchell,[9] Adilah Barnes as Anne Marie Mitchell,[9] and Johnny Galecki as David Healy.[12] In December 2017, it was announced that Christopher Lloyd would guest star in the revival as a love interest of Parsons' character Beverly.[13]

Filming[edit]

Production on the season began on October 17, 2017,[31] and concluded on December 15, in Studio City, Los Angeles.[32]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The season began airing on March 27, 2018, on ABC in the United States,[32] and on CTV in Canada.[33]

Marketing[edit]

The first trailer for the season premiered during the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, 2018,[34] which Emily Longeretta for Us Weekly commented that "the comedy wasted no time when it came to cracking jokes about its ending."[35] Shane Lou at Today said the message of the trailer was clear: "Nothing has changed,... it's the same Roseanne, right down to her unmistakable laugh."[36]

To promote the return of the series, ABC partnered with NASCAR to sponsor the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California and rename it the "Roseanne 300". Branding appeared throughout the track, including the pace car, infield grass logo, and in the victory lane, with Michael Fishman serving as grand marshal.[37][38]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 75% approval rating for the tenth season, based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 6.75/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Roseanne's return finds the show's classic format, original cast, and timely humor intact, even if the latest batch of episodes suffers from sporadically uneven execution."[39] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 69 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[40]

Ratings[edit]

After one day of DVR viewing, the premiere grew by 3.4 million viewers to a total of 21.87 million, and its 18-49 rating increased by a full point to a 6.2.[1] After three days of DVR viewing, the premiere grew by 6.7 million viewers to a total of 25.04 million, setting a three-day DVR viewership record. The 18-49 rating also grew by 2.1, rising to a 7.3, the largest three-day DVR demo increase since 2015.[41]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Twenty Years to Life" March 27, 2018 5.2/21 18.44[15] 2.9 8.81 8.1 27.26[42]
2 "Dress to Impress" March 27, 2018 5.2/21 18.44[15] 2.9 8.81 8.1 27.26[42]
3 "Roseanne Gets the Chair" April 3, 2018 3.9/16 15.39[16] 2.4 6.68 6.3 22.08[43]
4 "Eggs Over, Not Easy" April 10, 2018 3.5/15 13.77[17] 2.3 6.34 5.8 20.11[44]
5 "Darlene v. David" April 17, 2018 3.4/15 13.26[18] 2.1 6.24 5.6 19.51[45]
6 "No Country for Old Women" May 1, 2018 2.6/11 10.42[19] 2.0 5.73 4.6 16.16[46]
7 "Go Cubs" May 8, 2018 2.6/13 10.29[20] 2.0 5.47 4.6 15.76[47]
8 "Netflix & Pill" May 15, 2018 2.6/12 10.73[21] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Knee Deep" May 22, 2018 2.5/12 10.58[22] 1.7 5.06 4.2 15.64[48]

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