His character will be similar to the one he played on ''Roseanne'' -- with one big twist

By Lynette Rice
February 18, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
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You may have heard that John Goodman is returning to prime-time television this fall. But there’s something surprising about the Fox sitcom you probably don’t know: Goodman’s character will be gay. But unlike the homosexuals on, say, NBC’s ”Will and Grace,” this guy will be a football watching, beer guzzling working stiff much like the one he played on ABC’s ”Roseanne.”

Goodman’s spokesman confirms that the comic actor will portray the gay half of a quirky pair of male roommates (á la ”The Odd Couple”). The other star, who has yet to be cast, will play an effeminate — but heterosexual — man. Both characters will have teenage children.

Bonnie and Terry Turner (”That ’70s Show,” ”3rd Rock From the Sun”) will create and executive produce the Carsey-Werner comedy, which has received a 13-episode commitment from Fox. Goodman, though, is prepared to do more — he’s reportedly signed for a full season. The series represents a homecoming of sorts for him; Carsey-Werner also produced ”Roseanne” for ABC from 1988 to 1997.