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Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
ABC upfronts cemented that Roseanne Barr is the face of ABC -- "an imperfect face"
Roseanne Barr was lavished with praise at Tuesday's upfronts. The Roseanne revival, ABC executives said, is the network's first No. 1 show in the key 18-49 demo in 24 years. Yet the upfronts showed that Barr is an "imperfect face" for the network, says Daniel Holloway. He notes that minutes after Barr took the stage, ABC sister network Freeform showed a sizzle reel containing Parkland high school documentary footage of shooting survivor David Hogg, whom Barr once accused of giving the Nazi salute. "With numbers rare to broadcast, ABC can’t be expected to not make Roseanne its hood ornament," says Holloway. "But the content surrounding Roseanne at the upfront laid bare what an odd fit the show is for that role. ABC spent years overtly linking its brand to inclusion with shows like Modern Family, Black-ish, Speechless, Fresh Off the Boat, and How to Get Away With Murder. Roseanne over-indexes in Midwestern states where Donald Trump performed well in 2017 and broadcast TV has struggled to connect with mass audiences. The schedule ABC touted at upfronts was short on similarly designed programs. The only new series it appears to have positioned to play well with Roseanne is Nathan Fillion cop drama The Rookie."
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- ABC says one in ten Americans watched the Roseanne revival premiere
- Roseanne succeeds because it's not overtly political -- it engages people based on who they are, not how they vote
- John Goodman will be the voice of ABC News' new "Straightforward" campaign
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Did the Roseanne revival betray the old Roseanne?
Tuesday's episode was "jarring" because it contradicted a key part of the original Roseanne series, says Laura Bradley. "During its original run, Roseanne was a lightning rod for a multitude of reasons—not the least of which was Roseanne Conner’s parenting style," says Bradley. "She was loud, crass, and more permissive than a traditional sitcom parent, a far cry from the squeaky-clean, 1950s sensibilities the series frequently mocked. One thing she never made a habit of, though, was spanking her children. And her reasoning was extremely well established: as the characters make clear through multiple seasons, Roseanne and her sister, Jackie, were abused by their father. The one time Roseanne was ever shown spanking one of her children, her outburst ended with a tearful apology—which is why the central plot of Tuesday’s installment of the rebooted series felt misguided at best, and like a forced expression of conservative talking points at worst. It’s further evidence that despite any protestations to the contrary, the new Roseanne has a distinct ideology—which is why it’s struck such a chord with right-leaning viewers."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Can Roseanne sustain its massive ratings?
The strong buzz and the big headlines may actually reverse a trend of revivals of hit shows returning to big ratings, only to see their numbers drop, says Josh Sorokach. "The polarizing series proved that nostalgia and controversy are a potent combination, but recent history suggests that the ratings may have reached their apex," he says. "Last year Will & Grace made its return to NBC after an 11-year absence. The year before, X-Files revival premiered on Fox. Both series had strong openings but saw a significant drop in ratings from Episode 1 to Episode 2. X-Files went from about 16 million viewers to a little over 9.5 million, while Will & Grace saw a decrease of about 3 million viewers (10 million to 7 million). If we’re basing our projections solely on the numbers, we should except Roseanne’s massive ratings to take a dip. But this could be the one TV series that evolves into a ratings outlier."
- Explaining the argument over Roseanne and its meaning for Trump supporters
- Roseanne's success is about politics -- but not partisan politics
- Tom Arnold: "Roseanne Barr should do ep about the lies & cruelty she & Trump represent"
- Fox News isn't buying ABC's story that it came up with its heartland strategy the day after Trump's election
- John Goodman recalls battling alcoholism while working on the original Roseanne
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
President Trump touts Roseanne's big ratings, which he learned about from Mark Burnett
“I got a call from Mark Burnett, he did The Apprentice, he’s a great guy," Trump said in a speech in Ohio. "He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello, and to tell you: did you see Roseanne’s ratings?’ I said, ‘Mark, how big were they?’ They were unbelievable! Over 18 million people! And it was about us! They haven’t figured it out! The fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet…But they will, and when they do, they’ll become much less fake.”
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Why it's wrong to attribute Roseanne's big ratings to politics
"As a TV show, Roseanne hasn't suddenly become a mouthpiece for the alt right and any interpretation of the premiere that pretends it's a validation of a need for conservative TV is absurd," says Daniel Fienberg, adding: "Or, put a different way, Roseanne, a show that was once of its moment, came back as a show of a new moment and just as there was an audience for the show when it was at its peak, there was clearly an audience waiting for the show now." Fienberg expects that the big takeaway from the Roseanne revival will be to create shows about Trump supporters, or shows "about bridging gaps between Trump supporters and their estranged Trump-hating families (or Hillary supporters and their Trump-loving families). You can already bet that somebody in ABC's halls of power is wishing they had a new season of Last Man Standing ready to premiere after Roseanne next week or, failing that, hoping that they might convince Jonathan Taylor Thomas that America is ready for more Home Improvement. But Roseanne is not a conservative show."
- Roseanne's huge ratings prompts "soul-searching" from TV insiders who think it "revealed the untapped potential of comedies that provide realistic portrayal of blue-collar America"
- Sara Gilbert was "in shock" by the ratings: "There are no words because the words all sound cliche"
- Roseanne's progressivism and Roseanne Barr's personal beliefs might've created passionate interest on both sides
- ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey attributes the big ratings to a combination of nostalgia and politics
- Dungey says she was taken aback, but “I’m not quite ready to pull that trigger at this moment" on a Season 2 renewal
- Fox News stars celebrate Roseanne's ratings: "The 'Proud Deplorable' SMASHES expectations," tweeted Sean Hannity
- Rush Limbaugh wonders if pro-Trump shows will become a network trend
- A market-by-market comparison reveals Roseanne beat Will & Grace even in big cities like New York and L.A.
- Roseanne revival was good, but not because of Roseanne Barr
- John Goodman wasn't expecting massive viewership
- Becky's surrogacy storyline is problematic
- A warning: Reboots tend to fade after nostalgia factor wears off -- Will & Grace's demo audience has dropped substantially
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Roseanne is the rare revival that works because it embraces how much has changed
The Roseanne revival is unlike the first season of The X-Files revival, which came back as if nothing had changed and as if its characters hadn't aged. As Alan Sepinwall notes, "great TV shows tend to be the product of a specific time in the lives of three groups: the characters on the show, the people making it, and the people watching it. When shows get brought back from the dead years later, one or more of those groups is different, yet too many shows in the recent flood of revivals try to go about business as usual, assuming the old material will work no matter the context, when instead the new episodes at best come across as pale imitations of what these shows used to be. The handful of revivals that have creatively justified their existence have tended to be the ones that acknowledge those changes." A Roseanne revival looked the most likely to be out of step because so much has changed in 21 years. "Wonderful as so much of ’80s and ’90s Roseanne was, few revivals have had higher potential for feeling wildly out of step in the current environment," says Sepinwall. "Instead, the three episodes ABC gave to critics ... smartly lean into everything that’s different from when we last left the Conners, much less from when we first met them. It’s the rare revival that not only justifies its existence, but draws most of its strength from how much time has passed and what’s happened in the interim."
- A Trump-supporting Roseanne allows the show to blissfully wander into one of "2018 pop culture’s demilitarized zones"
- Roseanne Barr's name is in the title, but she has stepped back and is no longer the driving force
- The sitcom voice is intact, but the zinger-based dialogue and rhythms can feel dated
- Roseanne is rough around the edges: The timing is a little off, the punchlines don't land
- Roseanne Barr is missing her character's famous charisma -- she is early on her reactions and slow with her delivery
- The jokes are dry and scrape the surface of meanness, while never lacking warmth
- Roseanne provides the catharsis needed in our toxic climate
- The reboot unfortunately simplifies politics into easy partisanship
- The writing lets the Conners be "woke" without proclaiming itself as such
- Season 9 of Roseanne was a mess: Can the reboot ignore it?
- It makes sense that Roseanne Conner would pick Trump over Hillary Clinton
- It doesn't ring true that Roseanne Conner would be a Trump voter
- Showrunner Bruce Helford: Why I returned 25 years after I was fired
- Darlene Conner was always Roseanne's secret ingredient and best hope
- Newcomer Emma Kenney says politics were taboo on set
- From Leonardo DiCaprio to Ellen DeGeneres: Here are Roseanne celebrity guest cameos
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Roseanne Barr flips off Jimmy Kimmel as he confronted her on Donald Trump and her past support of Hillary Clinton
Kimmel's extensive interview with Roseanne and John Goodman touched on her past and current politics.
Posted Sunday 3/18/18 at 3:44AM EDT
Chadwick Boseman and Cardi B booked for their SNL debuts
The Black Panther star will host Saturday Night Live on April 7, joined by rapper Cardi B, who is also performing for the first time on the Studio 8H stage.
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:45AM EST
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "laughed out loud" at John Goodman portraying him on SNL
Asked by CBS News' Margaret Brennan if he had seen last fall's sketch, Tillerson said "my kids pointed me to it." Asked if he laughed, Tillerson responded: "Absolutely. Absolutely. I laughed out loud."
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 7:20AM EST
Watch Roseanne’s newest promos
ABC unleashed several new teasers over the holidays, with Roseanne joking about Dan Conner’s death.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 2:42AM EST
Check out the first image from ABC’s Roseanne reboot
Not much seems to have changed in a photo EW shared of Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert reprising their famous roles.
Posted Wednesday 9/06/17 at 11:14PM EDT
Sara Gilbert: It was John Goodman’s appearance on The Talk that led to Roseanne reboot
I had been talking personally in my own life about, Is it possible? Oh, maybe it would just have to be a spin-off, probably everybody wouldn’t do it,” Gilbert tells EW. “Then John came on and said, ‘Hell yeah,’ or whatever he said, and then I had a moment where I thought, Oh wow, maybe everybody will do this.”