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Roseanne, Queer Eye and more join TV reboots this winter

The entire cast of "Roseanne" returns for the reboot. Top row, from left: Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman, Sarah Chalke and Alicia Goranson. Bottom row, from left: Sara Gilbert, Roseanne Barr and Michael Fishman. (ABC)
The entire cast of "Roseanne" returns for the reboot. Top row, from left: Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman, Sarah Chalke and Alicia Goranson. Bottom row, from left: Sara Gilbert, Roseanne Barr and Michael Fishman. (ABC)
Published Jan. 3, 2018

What's old is still old again. TV execs are obsessed with bringing back beloved characters, and the new winter TV offerings are no exception. Welcome back these familiar faces this season.

8 p.m., March 27

Roseanne is back with her self-proclaimed white trash family, the Conners. Everyone is returning, including both Beckys (Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke). And the best TV dad ever, Dan Conner (John Goodman), returns from the dead — not really, the reboot forgets about that terrible finale. Back in 1988, the freshman sitcom was revered as an honest portrayal of Midwest life. So now riding the Trumpian wave, how will the show stay relevant? Who did the Conners vote for? Roseanne, a Green Party presidential candidate, will for sure bring the laughs to this political turmoil.

Queer Eye For The Straight Guy (Netflix, TBA, February): Netflix is rebooting this quintessential reality show, complete with a fabulous new squad. The show, which ran for five seasons in 2003-07, moves from New York City to Atlanta. But the biggest change will be its shift in focus to internal transformations of both men and women.

American Idol (ABC, 8 p.m., March 11): Here's a revival none of us asked for. Fox's trash now becomes ABC's hope to share in NBC's wealth. Ryan Seacrest holds the host microphone again (because he had nothing else to do?), and the new judges are Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

Little Women (PBS, 8 p.m., May 13): One of the most beloved American novels gets yet another adaptation, a three-part series, in time for Mother's Day. Louisa May Alcott's semi-autobiographical story rightfully comes from three women: scriptwriter Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife), director Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen) and producer Susie Liggat (Fortitude).