'Roseanne' may move 'from politics' to 'family' in season two

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 17, 2018

"Roseanne", TV's most-watched entertainment program, has certainly given ABC plenty of bragging rights.

On Tuesday afternoon, ABC held a conference call to announce its fall 2018 schedule and boast about all the exciting new shows in the works.

During the episode in question Dan Conner referenced fellow ABC sitcoms Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat and said: "We missed all the shows about black and Asian families", Dan said. The cast includes Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Alicia Goranson, Sarah Chalke, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey. "I haven't seen this yet, but it sounds like it isn't so much a dating show as a thinly veiled sex trafficking operation", Kimmel said. "The press has misrepresented what ABC President said about our new season", she tweeted.

'Our biggliest hit of the year is Roseanne ... so everyone who says Hollywood is out of ideas, we're not.

Of all the networks, ABC always seems to over-order for midseason, and several of these shows get lost late in the broadcast year.

For Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger, one of the prime motivations to buy the Fox assets is to quickly bulk up ABC's production capabilities at a time when owning TV shows is important.

Kimmel appeared to turn up the heat on his network with some searing one-liners, that, according to Entertainment Weekly, earned the ABC funnyman some audible groans from the advertiser-heavy audience.

SUNDAY: 7 p.m., "America's Funniest Home Videos;" 8 p.m., "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors;" 9 p.m., "Shark Tank;" 10 p.m., "Alec Baldwin Show." .

The late night show host roasted ABC for their lack of innovation as so many appear to be resurrecting old shows rather than creating new ones
The late night show host roasted ABC for their lack of innovation as so many appear to be resurrecting old shows rather than creating new ones

He also called Trump a "lunatic".

Dungey reiterated that the network tries to be "as diverse and inclusive as possible" across all metrics, from race to gender to religion to economics.

But Dungey's words align with what co-star Sara Gilbert said about the show ditching the pro-Trump politics next season. "Roseanne", she said, is "focusing on a family who is in different economic circumstances than some of our other comedies on the air".

Dancing with the Stars and the junior edition of the series will both air this coming fall.

Still, many viewers have taken issue with ABC for allowing "Roseanne" to be so overtly political (the reboot's season premiere saw Donald Trump-supporting Roseanne at odds with sister Jackie, who's a p-y hat-wearing Hilary Clinton backer) while "Black-ish" has been censored.

He also reminded the audience that new ABC shows like Inhumans, Deception, and Quantico had all fallen flat this year.

WTF? Moment | One new slogan is more than enough for a single presentation, but that didn't stop ABC from rolling out two dizzyingly similar "Straight Forward" (ABC News) and "Forward Together (ABC). I'm probably a really big deal to your mom".

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