Roseanne Rebuffs ABC Bosses And Won’t Tone Down Politics Next Season



Roseanne Barr’s bosses at ABC are trying to claim that the show will tone down politically next season, but the record breaking show’s main character is saying not so fast. “Roseanne” is one of the most popular shows out there and it’s because it embraces politics from all sides, including a pro-Trump character.

It’s obvious after ABC canceled “Last Man Standing” that they do not understand the heartland of America and they don’t care. Now, they are trying to reign Roseanne in and soften the whole premise of the hit show. That would kill it.

ABC entertainment President Channing Dungey put the kibosh on “Roseanne” remaining political in the second season – apparently ditching the strategy the network touted only two months ago. You know… the one that made ratings history and made them a ton of money. Dungey said that the show will lean away from politics next season during a conference call with reporters as part of the network’s upfront presentation. Upon learning the news, conservative media icon Matt Drudge tweeted, “Corporate cannibals stripping Roseanne of her fun.”

Roseanne had a different opinion and tweeted it out, “don’t worry, #Roseanne show fans-next season will be even braver/funnier/timely than this season, despite what anyone mistakenly says.” She does not strike me as someone who takes orders well and folds under a little pressure. The return of “Roseanne” featured a debut episode in which characters argued about the 2016 election, with the show’s namesake representing the conservative viewpoint. However, as the season played out, politics appeared less frequently on the sitcom. It’s heavy on social issues though.

“I think that they’re going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family,” Dungey said during the network’s upfront presentation after the call, according to TheWrap. The site added that Dungey said ABC’s goal is to be “as diverse and as inclusive as possible … across all metrics.” “I think that one of the things that was fresh for us with ‘Roseanne’ on the air is that it is focusing (on) a family that is in a different economic status than some of the other family comedies that are on the air,” Dungey reportedly said.

When “Roseanne” debuted on March 27th, it shocked the entertainment industry with over 27 million viewers in Live+7 in delayed ratings. Not long after that, ABC President Ben Sherwood eagerly preened himself in interviews with The New York Times after the successful return. At the time, Sherwood claimed that ABC executives had a meeting the morning after the 2016 election about how they could better reach Middle America. “We looked at each other and said, ‘There’s a lot about this country we need to learn a lot more about, here on the coasts,’” Sherwood told the Times in a feature headline, “‘Roseanne’ Reboot Sprang From ABC’s Heartland Strategy After Trump’s Victory.” What a load of hooey. They haven’t learned a damn thing.

“Last Man Standing” is about to debut on Fox and will also be a monster hit. It’s going to give ABC a massive black eye, as it should. They got rid of a comedy powerhouse because they didn’t like Tim Allen’s conservative politics. Dungey, despite understanding why the show was a hit, said ABC does not regret cutting it. “The decisions that we made last year in terms of canceling ‘Last Man Standing’ were made with the best information that we had at the time,” she said. Bull crap.

If they water down “Roseanne,” they will lose even more viewership to Fox because they just don’t get what mainstream America likes… and it’s not progressive, liberal lame humor. An ABC spokesperson said the network is “definitely not” ditching the heartland strategy when reached by Fox News. So which is it? You’ve got Dungey saying one thing and Roseanne and ABC saying another.

Part of the rebooted Roseanne’s success may be attributed to its exploration of prominent issues such as Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, the effects of illegal immigration and perceived bigotry towards Muslims living in the United States. The latest episode of the show soberly tackles America’s deadly opioid and drug addiction epidemic.

Despite garnering record-breaking ratings and a congratulatory phone call from the President himself, Dungey claimed Barr’s own personal politics are affecting the way the show is received, saying, “I do think there is a little bit of that.” ABC would do well to leave the show alone and concentrate more on appealing to Americans in general instead of being so ‘diverse’ and ‘inclusive’.

SOURCES: The Independent Journal Review, TheBlaze, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Fox News, The Mercury News, Deadline Hollywood, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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