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Roseanne Barr: New Sitcom 'Downwardly Mobile' In Development

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While her official TV series comeback has been a little nuts -- macadamia, to be exact -- Roseanne Barr is now in the process of returning to her true wheelhouse.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy-winning actress, whose sitcom "Roseanne" spent much of the 1990s as the number one show in the ratings, is plotting a comeback to the scripted comedy series. Barr and 20th Century Fox are developing, "Downwardly Mobile," which is described as "a close-knit blue-collar family living in tough economic times."

If that sounds familiar, it's no accident; Barr has dedicated much of her life to bringing a portrait of real working class Americans to a normally glamorous Hollywood.

"Call me immodest--moi?--but I honestly think 'Roseanne' is even more ahead of its time today, when Americans are, to use a technical term from classical economics, screwed," Barr recently wrote for NY Magazine in a longer feature about her struggle to control the direction of her show. "We had our fun; it was a sitcom. But it also wasn't 'The Brady Bunch'; the kids were wiseasses, and so were the parents. I and the mostly great writers in charge of crafting the show ­every week never forgot that we needed to make people laugh, but the struggle to survive, and to break taboos, was equally important. And that was my goal from the beginning."

Currently, Barr stars in the aforementioned reality series, "Roseanne's Nuts," which focuses on her Hawaii macadamia nut farm. Chelsea Handler recently revealed that she's asked Barr to guest star on some episodes of her mid-season replacement sitcom, "Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," as her aunt.

What this means for her political ambitions remains to be seen.

For more, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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