Anyone who watched the last episode of the 1997 TV series, “#Roseanne,” will remember the sad loss of John Goodman’s character, #Dan Conner, as we discover he had died of a heart attack after all. The latest news is that in the upcoming reboot of the ABC show, Dan will be alive and well.

20 years later and Dan Conner lives in 'Roseanne'

More than 20 years after the credits rolled on the last episode of the sitcom, “Roseanne,” the show will be returning to ABC for a reboot. Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, announced the news on Sunday at the Television Critics Association panel, saying they have chosen to ignore what happened way back then.

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Dungey said he wasn’t going to get too specific about the upcoming season, and did say they won’t necessarily ignore all the events of that sad finale to the series. However, he did confirm that Dan is still very much alive and kicking.

As reported by the New York Daily News, there were several aspects of the final season of “Roseanne,” including the fact that it was only in the finale that we learned in the finale of the previous season that Dan had not survived his heart attack. That final season was dedicated to Roseanne Barr’s titular character, Roseanne, using her imagination to find a way to deal with Dan’s death, including the fact the couple won the Illinois State Lottery.

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Speaking of the series finale, Dungey would not totally clarify whether the rebooted show would ignore everything that happened in the last season, or only Dan’s death. What we do know is that Barr and Goodman will both be back in the newly resurrected "Roseanne.", along with Sara Gilbert as Darlene, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie and Lecy Goranson as Becky. Michael Fishman will also feature in the rebooted show, as will Sarah Chalke, who last played Becky, but in a new role. Reportedly talks are ongoing as to whether David Healy’s character, Johnny Galecki, will return to the show.

‘Will & Grace’ reboot to also ignore previous events

Roseanne” is not alone in changing history, however, as the “Will & Grace” reboot will also be ignoring its history. As noted by The Washington Post, in the season finale of that show, Will and Grace (played by Debra Messing and Eric McCormack) had a fight, and were separated for two decades until their kids moved into college and they reunited.

However in the upcoming reboot, the famous duo will once again be single and childless and will still be living together as normal.

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Also in the upcoming reboot, their pal Jack (played by Sean Hayes) will continue to live in Will and Grace’s building, while Megan Mullally’s character, Karen will be firmly ensconced in her mansion. That show has also had a second season confirmed before it has even started. #Will Grace