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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 Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
South Park takes on The Simpsons' Apu and Roseanne Barr
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
This week's "The Problem With a Poo" episode not only tackled the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, but also took a shot at Roseanne and her Ambien excuse for her racist tweet. South Park also used its racism storyline to allow for a cameo from The Simpsons' Apu.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
The Conners executive producer: "We’re not doing any more of the Trump stuff"
Executive producer Bruce Rasmussen wouldn't reveal how Roseanne Conner's character will be written out of the series. "We wanted to honor that character. People can have their opinions after that," he says. As for how political The Conners will be compared to the Roseanne revival, Rasmussen adds: "We are living in a time where people are very anxious and can’t afford to go to the doctor and all that other stuff. So we’re writing in the same way we wrote last year about the economic things. If some of those feel political, they’re political, but we’re not doing any more of the Trump stuff. It’s more about working-class people and how they live their lives. If that comes off as political in spots then that’s how people will perceive it."
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 Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
Tom Arnold says "oh my god" after learning Roseanne Conner's fate on live TV
"Wait, I hadn’t heard. Is that true? Oh my god!” Arnold said on Watch What Happens Live when asked about Roseanne Barr's supposed spoiler on how The Conners plan to kill off her character.
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Roseanne Barr: Here's how Roseanne Conner is killed off on The Conners
Source: The Blast
“Oh ya, they killed her,” Barr said on Brandon Straka’s YouTube show, Walk Away, adding: “They have her die of an opioid overdose.” It's not been confirmed whether this is how Roseanne actually dies on the ABC spinoff.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Roseanne Barr tells Dr. Oz: "I’ve done some weird things on Ambien and I think a lot of people have"
Source: Page Six
The Dr. Oz Show will kick off Season 10 on Tuesday with Barr, who discusses how Ambien may have played a role in her racist tweet that got her fired from ABC. “Well, I’ve done some weird things on Ambien and I think a lot of people have. I’ve heard from thousands of people about it,” Barr said. But Dr. Oz got Barr to agree that tweeting isn't a side effect of Ambien.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Norm Macdonald: The Tonight Show wanted me to apologize for my controversial #MeToo comments
Macdonald detailed to Howard Stern this morning how he ended up being dropped from last night's Tonight Show at the last minute following outrage over his interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he portrayed Louis CK and Roseanne Barr as victims. According to TVLine, Macdonald said when he arrived at his dressing room, Tonight Show producers made it clear that Fallon would have to acknowledge his comments, and they urged him to apologize at the beginning of his appearance. Then Fallon himself stopped by and asked, “How should we play this?” Macdonald agreed to address the comments at the end of the interview. But Macdonald said Fallon's producers didn't like that idea, adding that they were "crying" over the idea of letting him appear on-air. “He was very broken up about it, he didn’t want this,” Macdonald said to Stern. “Jimmy said, ‘Come back whenever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight,'” Macdonald said, adding: “I said, ‘Jimmy, that’s the last thing I want to do, is hurt your show.” Macdonald said he understood where Fallon was coming from. “Part of the reason I love (Jimmy) is because he does nothing about the news," said Macdonald. "He’s just a song-and-dance man. He’s not a political comedian.” Macdonald, who apologized on Twitter for his comments after the cancelation, also explained to Stern that "I’m totally behind the #MeToo movement," adding that he wasn't saying what Roseanne and Louis CK have experienced "was way worse than what victims went through. What the victims went through is horrible.”
- The Tonight Show's cancelation is a reminder of how safe Fallon plays it: "Navigating complex issues presented by Macdonald’s dust-up — without fear of embarrassment — requires a host with intellectual heft, a broad sensibility and courage to confront. Jimmy Fallon has yet to prove he bears such qualities," says Colby Hall, adding: "As we saw last night, Mr. Fallon hides from the task of confronting meaningful topics moving the public discourse."
- Macdonald told Stern he was confused during his Hollywood Reporter interview because "I'm a dumb f*cking guy"
- Macdonald's "apology" was a bunch of words resembling an apology, but meant nothing at all
- Macdonald says The Comedy Cellar should give women traumatized by Louis CK's surprise standup $200 each: "I think they could get through the trauma if they were paid $200 and could buy some nice shoes."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Norm Macdonald apologizes for "minimizing the pain" of Louis CK and Roseanne Barr's victims
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years," Macdonald tweeted on Tuesday evening, hours after his controversial #MeToo comments were published in The Hollywood Reporter. "They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry." Macdonald said in The Hollywood Reporter interview promoting his new Netflix show, "well, Louis and Roseanne are the two people I know. And Roseanne was so broken up (after her show’s reboot was canceled) that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that." ALSO: Macdonald doesn't seem to realize that second chances are earned. UPDATE: The Tonight Show canceled Macdonald's appearance Tuesday, saying in a statement: “Out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of Norm Macdonald’s comments in the press today, The Tonight Show has decided to cancel his appearance on Tuesday’s telecast."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Norm Macdonald questions the #MeToo movement, reveals he had Louis CK phone Roseanne Barr after her firing
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Macdonald tells The Hollywood Reporter "I'm happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit," pointing to Chris Hardwick, whom he says, "I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there." Macdonald, who previously said murderers get more sympathy than Louis CK, says the lack of forgiveness in the #MeToo movement is a major flaw. "The model used to be admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition, and then we give you a second chance," he says. "Now it's admit wrongdoing and you're finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That's not healthy — that there is no forgiveness. I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That's my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to." He also reveals that since he had Louis CK phone Roseanne Barr, whom he worked for on Roseanne, after she was fired for her racist tweet. "Roseanne was so broken up (after her firing) that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that," says Macdonald. "But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that." What did Roseanne and Louis CK talk about? "They both said they had a good conversation and were just giving any advice you could give to each other," says Macdonald. "There would be no way for me to even understand that advice, because who has ever gone through such a thing? All their work in their entire life being wiped out in a single day, a moment."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Emma Kenney describes what The Conners is like without Roseanne Barr
Source: Us Weekly
“I think that all of us are very professional,” says the actress. “And there’s just so many more stories that need to be told through the Conner family and so many other different aspects of life that we’re going to get to tell, and I’m really excited and grateful for that.”
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Roseanne Barr on The Conners: “I’m not going to curse it or bless it. I’m staying neutral"
Barr said she's planning to go to Israel for a few months when Roseanne spinoff The Conners premieres. She also told Rabbi Schmuley Boteach on his podcast that she'll avoid stirring any controversy over the spinoff. "That’s what I do, I’m staying neutral," she said. "I’m staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone, and I don’t wish good for my enemies. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral. That’s what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to do dark again. I’ve done it. After all, I was married to Tom Arnold.” ALSO: Showrunner Bruce Helford says The Conners' new opening theme "will be somewhere in the episode."
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.”