The "Roseanne" revival reportedly will feature a "gender creative" kid as one of the characters.
The 9-year-old boy named Mark will be a grandson of Roseanne and son of Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki), Showbiz411 noted. The website said the casting call for the part wanted an actor who can play "sensitive and effeminate" and "display qualities of both young female and male traits."
Gender creative kids, or kids who do not conform to specific gender roles, have been part of a television show before, but on cable, according to Time magazine. Asia Kate Dillon plays the gender creative character Taylor on the Showtime series "Billions," BroadwayWorld.com noted.
"Roseanne" starring Roseanne Barr aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1988 to 1997. In May, ABC announced an eight-episode "Roseanne" revival with its original cast as part of its fall lineup.
"The Conners' joys and struggles are as relevant – and hilarious – today as they were then, and there's really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement then.
In 1994, a "Roseanne" episode in which the main character was shown kissing another female character played a Mariel Hemingway in a gay bar originally ran afoul with ABC executives, noted The New York Times. The episode aired as scheduled on March 1, 1994.
The news of a "gender creative" character met some backlash on social media.
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