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Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Roseanne premiered 30 years ago today
Source: TV Insider
Roseanne Barr's iconic sitcom was an instant sensation when it premiered on Oct. 18, 1988. "Real people in a rare comedy," Los Angeles Times TV critic Howard Rosenberg wrote at the time, adding: "If The Blob had a family, this would be it. The Conners hang around their messy kitchen, fighting and noshing, becoming TV's first couple to have waxy yellow buildup on their bodies. Barr makes a very funny Everywoman and (John) Goodman is a perfect foil. Although Roseanne and Dan appear to be two immovable forces, giving the most is Dan, a big, gentle lug of a straight man for his wife's digs. Roseanne is a truly liberated woman minus knee-jerk rhetoric."
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Roseanne Barr's departure frees The Conners from being a zero-sum game of politics
Without Barr, The Conners is "in some ways a more straightforward descendant of the original series than the revival was: It’s a show about the white working-class experience that has not been warped by Barr’s vile politics," says Willa Paskin. She adds: "Although some conservatives will view any Barr-less version of Roseanne as a victory for the other side, in the long run—if there is one for this show—her removal frees The Conners from being treated like a zero-sum game, with every storyline a point for one side or the other. But there’s a catch: Without her, the show does not and cannot have the potent and terrifying energy of its predecessor. The Conners is in demonstrably less racist hands than it was—and so is now unlikely to be the center of the news cycle. The most controversial thing about it is that it exists. The Conners tells a damning story about American society within the world of the show, but outside of it too; the series underwent a necessary, morally correct change—for which it will likely be rewarded with a fraction of its predecessor’s ratings. The Conners isn’t bad, but it’s hard to laugh at that."
- Roseanne Barr tells HBO's Vice News Tonight: ABC did “the worst thing they could have possibly done to me…to fire me from my own show"
- Inside the making of The Conners and why it doesn't need Roseanne-sized ratings: Modern Family, ABC's biggest comedy, has barely five million same-day viewers
- Why The Conners' pro-Trump conservative detractors might be wrong that it "will flop without its star"
- The Conners faced a magnitude of a challenge, and rises admirably to that challenge
- The Conners is everything the Roseanne revival should have been: Without Barr’s outsize presence, her fantastic supporting cast evolves into a versatile ensemble
- Showrunner Bruce Helford: "We avoided the divisiveness by just making sure the fans of the show would find all the elements of the show they love intact"
- Roseanne Barr reportedly won't be watching The Conners premiere
- Original Roseanne writers don't think killing off Roseanne Conner is a good idea
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
The Conners does what the Roseanne revival did best, without the politics
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
ABC, which has been keeping a lid on the Roseanne spinoff in advance of Tuesday's premiere, screened two episodes for critics on Friday with the agreement that they "not discuss, imply or in any other way reveal what happens to the character of Roseanne Conner." According to Daniel Fienberg, "Roseanne's exit from the series is handled in a way that's far more dignified and honorable than Barr-the-producer's exit from the show." He adds: "What The Conners evolves into almost immediately is what it really was at its best last season and probably always was at its best: a blue-collar family sitcom that has become a blue-collar sitcom about an interestingly varied blue-collar family composed of several generations and a selection of exes and only-occasionally-present spouses all just trying to make the best of a messy situation in a midsize Illinois town. The idea that Roseanne was the only comedy on TV tackling blue-collar issues was already a ridiculous piece of myopia that ignored One Day at a Time, Shameless, Speechless, Superstore and several other great pieces of TV. This is but one blue-collar comedy on TV, and it's a decent one. The emphasis that Roseanne put on politics in several early episodes last season is basically gone, but everybody involved with the show last year tried to emphasize that Roseanne was not now, and never really was, a show about politics. It's absolutely still a show about ideology or world-view, but it's that without ever saying 'Trump' or 'Clinton' or 'Democrat' or 'Republican' once. The questions are about how you pay for medical bills or how you raise children or how you handle difference."
- The Conners is lackluster, mostly unfunny and rather draining to watch -- Roseanne Barr haunts the show like a laughing ghoul
- What The Conners lacks most of all is a bit of the crazy -- it's like Two and a Half Men without Charlie Sheen
- The Conners has a familiar look and pace, and it's better than might be expected after an emergency "star-ectomy"
- The Conners writers struck what felt like the perfect balance between darkness and light
- The Conners makes a solid case for itself, but there's no escaping Roseanne Conner or Roseanne Barr
- Without Barr, there is an ease and lightness to The Conners that harkens back to the original show's heyday
- John Goodman and his character Dan seem a little adrift in this new normal -- he has to adjust to no longer being Roseanne's backup
- The Conners is able to live up to the original series that was overshadowed by the Roseanne revival's Trump slant
- It's a low benchmark, but The Conners makes the case that it's the best new comedy -- if you can call it a "new comedy"
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
John Goodman says Roseanne Barr "gave up a lot" to make The Conners possible
"She gave up a lot for us to be able to do this show, and I can’t thank her enough,” Goodman said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Goodman added that he "crashed for a couple of weeks" after Barr was fired from Roseanne. "I mean, she is missed, definitely, but after that many years it’s like a family," he said. "And last year was so miraculous and so unreal that when it went away, it was almost like a dream. I thought, ‘Ok, I’ll be a big boy and handle this.’ And I just crashed for a couple weeks.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 12:45PM EDT
The Conners stars recall learning about Roseanne Barr's racist tweet, say filming without her is "awkward but not awkward"
People magazine conducted a joint interview with Sara Gilbert, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf to discuss Barr's racist tweet and filming The Conners without her. “It was awkward but not awkward,” says Metcalf. “It was right but not right, wrong but not wrong.” Goodman recalls first hearing about Barr's racist tweet “in my kitchen and maybe my daughter or my wife told me. It just didn’t seem true. Then it got true. I was consciously trying to accept it.” Metcalf says upon learning about the tweet, she was just trying “to reconcile myself to the show being gone,” adding: “And you know, coming off such a high, it was hard to wrap our heads around.” As for the spinoff, Metcalf says: "There was a lot of risk involved. But we all decided as a group to take the risk, knowing that we could be judged by deciding to come back.” Goodman agrees: “There was a debt owed to this fictional family. We want to finish telling this story.”
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 2:47PM EDT
HBO picks up Danny McBride-John Goodman televangelist comedy The Righteous Gemstones
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Danny McBride created, directed and stars in the comedy about a televangelist family, co-starring with John Goodman. HBO describes The Righteous Gemstones as "the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Goodman plays Eli Gemstone, the patriarch of the family, who is "unbending; a force in the Ministry game. He’s known the world over for his aggressive salvation techniques, his worldwide ministries, and his award-winning weekly television program. His light is fading, but he takes no guff. He is obeyed, unquestioned.” McBride will play Jesse Gemstone, the eldest son and “heir to the throne" of the Gemstone family, who "fancies himself a maverick in the ministry game, taking what Eli has built and expanding it for a more modern audience.” Edi Patterson will play daughter Judy Gemstone, and Adam Devine will play the youngest son Kelvin Gemstone.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
John Goodman: “Maybe 12 months out of the year I’d like to work in London"
The Conners star says he was "rejuvenated" working in Britain on the BBC/Netflix series Black Earth Rising. "The talent there is matchless – I don’t want to get myself into trouble for saying that – but everybody is just so willing to pitch in," he says. "They’re so well-prepared and crafted. I have a great respect for them."
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Roseanne's grandkids are on board for The Conners
Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Jayden Rey are officially on board for the Roseanne spinoff as series regulars. ALSO: Roseanne Barr thanks John Goodman "for speaking truth about me, despite facing certain peril from producers and network" after he said she's not racist.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 3:09PM EDT
John Goodman was "very depressed" for a month after Roseanne's axing, but he denies she's racist
Source: The Times of London
Goodman spoke to The Times of London about Roseanne Barr's firing, saying “I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist" and adding that "I was surprised at the response" from ABC. "And that’s probably all I should say about it," he says. Goodman adds that he last tried to contact Barr after she relinquished her rights to the show to allow spinoff The Conners to proceed. "I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time," he says. "And she’s still going through hell.” Goodman says Roseanne's abrupt cancelation on May 29 left him "broken-hearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go.’ But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.” As for The Conners, Goodman says, "it’s an unknown. I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Watch John Goodman and Michaela Coel in the trailer for BBC and Netflix drama Black Earth Rising
The Conners star and Chewing Gum creator star in the drama series about a child who was rescued from the Rwandan genocide.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
John Goodman gets political, taping a pro-union ad targeting Missouri voters
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Goodman is joining former Roseanne co-star Roseanne Barr in the political arena by lending his voice to a union-backed radio ad to stop a "right to work" law in Missouri.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Adam Devine boards Danny McBride's HBO televangelist comedy pilot The Righteous Gemstones
He'll play the youngest son of John Goodman's televangelist character in the comedy pilot about a famous televangelist family.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 10:16PM EDT
John Goodman and Danny McBride team for HBO's televangelist family comedy pilot
McBride is following up on Vice Principals with The Righteous Gemstones, which he created and which he'll serve as writer and director. According to Deadline, McBride will "play the offspring heir apparent to Goodman’s world famous and acerbic preaching patriarch. As the McBride portrayed Jesse Gemstone arrogantly attempts to expand and modernize the global TV ministry that his Goodman played father Eli created 'a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ' comes into focus as the Gemstone legacy." Deadline reports that the plan is for Goodman to shoot the HBO pilot first, then work on The Conners that ABC recently picked up following Roseanne's cancelation. If HBO picks up the pilot, then he'll work on The Righteous Gemstones after The Conners is done filming its first season. This project marks a return for Goodman to HBO, where he starred on Treme in 2010 and 2011.
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 5:17PM EDT
Roseanne spinoff The Conners could be successful, but only if Roseanne Conner is killed off
ABC's The Conners announcement seemed to hint that Roseanne Barr's character would die, which should absolutely happen, says Kathryn VanArendonk. "If The Conners is going to be Roseanne without Roseanne but the character doesn’t die, the show will quickly tilt toward the same self-loathing, ironicized mess of the original Roseanne’s ninth season," says VanArendonk. "It wouldn’t be a show about a working-class family; it’d be a show about the strangeness of its own existence. Plus, anything less than Roseanne’s death leaves the door open for her return, which would be a remarkably craven gesture." VanArendonk offers several reasons why The Conners could work, including that Barr had been holding the show back because her acting ability in the revival paled in comparison to her co-stars. "In addition to the consequences of her cruel, racist, and harmfully conspiratorial Twitter feed, Barr also offered much less natural acting in the revival than she had in the original series," says VanArendonk. "While (John) Goodman, (Sara) Gilbert, (Laurie) Metcalf, and the rest of the cast hit their beats and made the show’s rhythm their own, Barr often seemed to be reading from cue cards. What once came off as a refreshingly, bracingly direct style on the original series did not translate well into the revival, where Barr seemed less concerned about being within the story and more obviously concerned about performing the story. I’m curious what The Conners could look like without that stilted performance element."