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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Roseanne's jab at Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat was "a dog whistle so strong that it might have brought Lassie back from the dead"
According to Emily Nussbaum, that one controversial joke about "all the shows about black and Asian families" explains Roseanne. Nussbaum says the joke was a racial dog whistle. If it wasn't, why not target shows about white families like The Middle or Speechless? Is it because those shows are "just like them"? "The jab," says Nussbaum, "was clearly aimed at Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, comedies that share ABC’s Tuesday schedule with Roseanne. The line establishes a few things. One is that the Conners don’t live in the same America as the Johnsons, from Black-ish, or the Huangs, from Fresh Off the Boat. There will never be a crossover episode—no fun clash, say, between an aging Jessica Huang and Roseanne, on a Conner trip to Florida. Instead, the Conners are themselves bored, alienated ABC viewers, unable even to remember titles, just that these are the 'black and Asian' shows."
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- Johnny Galecki's return was a perfect metaphor for the revival's messiness
- David being back only made sense in an alternate universe
- Did Barbara Bush actually call Roseanne Barr "brave," as Barr claimed? Not exactly
- 90-year-old Estelle Parsons looked really good in her return as Bev
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 1:19PM EDT
Roseanne begins holding steady in the ratings
In its fourth week, the ABC revival comedy attracted an audience of 13 million, down a mere 400,000 from last week. Roseanne also lost none of its viewership in the key demo.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Sara Gilbert had a Roseanne backup plan in case Johnny Galecki couldn't return for the revival
Gilbert says she actually doesn't mind that Galecki has been mostly unavailable to work on the Roseanne revival due to his Big Bang Theory commitment. "I think if Johnny didn’t have an empire to run, he would’ve certainly been in more episodes," she tells TV Line, on the occasion of Galecki's return tonight. "But I still like the idea of an inconsistent parent. It’s such a great area to explore, regardless of his availability." Still, if Galecki wasn't available at all, Gilbert said she had a backup plan. "The backup plan was going to be (Darlene) dealing with the heartbreak of him being an absent father," she says. "Darlene would have plans for him to show up, he would say he was going to show up, and then he wouldn’t show up. I was still going to deal with the relationship, but it would not have been the same without him." ALSO: Gilbert texted Galecki to get his advice on naming their TV son, which became a tribute to Glenn Quinn.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Here are the best Tax Day TV episodes
The Simpsons, Roseanne and All in the Family had some of the greatest episodes about paying your taxes.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Asian-American Bob's Burgers writer shares the aftermath of criticizing a Roseanne joke
Kelvin Yu, who also appears on Master of None, went viral with his tweets slamming Roseanne for a joke taking a shot at Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat. "Many of the comments I received were supportive — retweets, likes and the always flattering fist emoji," he writes in The New York Times. "However, I have to admit that the loudest voices to me were the ones that were vitriolic and shockingly mean," including racially disparaging remarks. Yu writes that he found it "so galling that a show celebrating ostensibly marginalized Americans would consider shows about even more marginalized Americans a punch line, tossed off between two yawns and a meh, followed by a roomful of people laughing. And although, admittedly, I have no idea what it means to be white or working class, there are at least a half-dozen shows out there through which I can experience it vicariously. Meanwhile, white working-class people have one — and only one — current network show to help them understand the lives of Asian-Americans (hint: it rhymes with Shmesh Off the Shmoat)."
- Even the haters should appreciate Roseanne: "When a TV show — or any pop culture artifact — is drawing that kind of a mass audience, it has something to tell us about ourselves and the times in which we live"
- Here's your first look at Roseanne's mom Bev's return next week
- Seth Meyers has Roseanne "fans" explain to him why they love the show so much
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Roseanne teases Johnny Galecki's return
The Big Bang Theory star will appear in next week's "Darlene v. David" episode.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Sara Gilbert praises Roseanne daughter Emma Kenney for seeking treatment for her "battles"
The 18-year-old Kenney had stated she was "running with a really fast crowd” and “doing things I should not be doing because it was illegal.” On The Talk, Gilbert praised Kenney, saying "it takes a lot of courage to — we have a lot of demons — it takes a lot of courage to face them, particularly at 18. I envy you. If I could go back to being 18 to start doing things to better myself at the pace you’re doing, I would be at a better person today."
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
ABC sets season/series finale dates: The Middle gets an hour-long send-off
Roseanne's season finale on May 22 will lead out to The Middle's series finale.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Roseanne's Emma Kenney: "I’m going to be seeking treatment for my battles"
Without going into specifics, the Shameless and Roseanne actress tells In Touch Weekly: "I’m going to work through it. I’m going to get help and make better choices."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Roseanne ratings dip to 13.5 million in Week 3
Despite the 12% drop from last week, the ABC revival series was still No. 1 on Tuesday night.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Quit making sweeping pronouncements about Roseanne based on a few episodes!
There have been all kinds of sweeping pronouncements about the Roseanne revival -- it's been called pro-Trump, anti-Trump and everything in between. The problem, says Kathryn VanArendonk, is that these arguments hang on a single joke, or episode. "I almost can’t believe I’m going to say this, because I firmly believe that it’s a good and useful thing to consider a single TV episode in a vacuum," she says. "That should be especially true for a sitcom, where episodes are largely stand-alone, and each of them has a cell-like tendency to be representative of the entire DNA of a series. And in many of those responses, especially of the third episode, have been biting, valuable acts of criticism. But in the case of Roseanne, the rush to say that the show is doing or arguing any one particular thing, and the willingness to hang those assertions on a single line in a single episode, is also flattening how we see the show. This is not meant as a defense of Roseanne, but a suggestion that maybe the show’s perceived failures have a lot to do with our incomplete understanding of how a sitcom works."
- Roseanne delivered its best revival episode yet -- but what happened to the politics?
- Lecy Goranson says she isn't a Trump fan, "but does that mean I’m furious about the woman who plays my mother on a TV show? No."
- Roseanne and The Middle are finally together, at least temporarily
- Roseanne is the new Hillbilly Elegy -- one family narrative being made to stand for so much more
- Carrie Fisher, Joss Whedon and Amy Sherman-Palladino all have written for Roseanne
- Roseanne pays tribute to the late Glenn Quinn, who played Becky Conner's boyfriend and, later, husband
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Is ABC ditching its reputation for diversity in wake of Roseanne's success?
Roseanne's emergence and ABC's "heartland strategy" come as Shonda Rhimes is leaving for Netflix, with Fresh Off the Boat on the bubble, and after a controversial Black-ish episode was pulled, prompting creator Kenya Barris to reportedly seek an early exit from his ABC Studios deal. "Recent signs suggest that ABC is entering a new and more complicated era" when it comes to diverse shows, says Alyssa Rosenberg, "and the network isn’t alone — the number of women and people of color creating new shows declined across the industry as a whole in the 2017-2018 television season. And it’s striking, if a little tricky to discuss, that ABC’s reputation for bold discussions of race has hit a rough patch under the leadership of Channing Dungey, who became the first African American woman to serve as president of a major broadcast television network in 2016." As Rosenberg notes, Dungey has used "the language of diversity" in trying to broaden the network's audience to appeal to so-called Heartland viewers. "So far, Dungey’s attempts to secure a broader audience have shown some success," says Rosenberg, pointing to The Good Doctor and Roseanne. ALSO: By trying to appeal to "heartland" viewers, is ABC becoming "Trump TV"?
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Classic Roseanne reruns are coming to Paramount Network
Sister cable networks TV Land and CMT had already been showing old Roseanne episodes.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
It's simply not true that Roseanne is a rare comedy that tackles politics and the working class
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, in explaining last week why Roseanne in the wake of Trump's victory, said "we had not been thinking nearly enough about economic diversity and some of the other cultural divisions within our own country.” To which Vox's Caroline Framke and Todd VanDerWerff respond: "This falls in line with how some people, and especially conservatives, have been talking about the Roseanne revival. The way this logic goes, Roseanne is one of the only shows on TV that dares talk about 'economic diversity' and 'cultural divisions,' political correctness or whatever be damned. The weird thing about that line of reasoning, however, is that it’s not true. While Roseanne’s original run was indeed groundbreaking, in the years since, countless politically and socially relevant sitcoms have followed in its footsteps. Many of them are on the air right now; some are even already airing on ABC." In fact, Vox has a list of 11 shows that tackle politics and the working class, from One Day at a Time to The Middle.
- Roseanne isn't the only "real" working class sitcom: What about Mom and Superstore?
- What about black working-class shows?: It's "frankly ludicrous" to say Roseanne represents the working-class voters who elected Trump
- Former Fresh Off the Boat writer Kourtney Kang explains her problem with this week's Roseanne slam
- Why the whole Black-ish-Fresh Off the Boat controversy is dumb: Roseanne is supposed to be a modern Archie Bunker!
- Is Roseanne's gender nonconforming grandson designed to appease "anti-trans feminists"?
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Bob's Burgers writer: Here's why Roseanne's joke about Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish was so offensive
Kelvin Yu addressed the controversy over Tuesday's episode in a nine-tweet thread. "At the very least, it's reductive and belittling, as if to say those shows are nothing more than 'Black' and 'Asian' in their existence," he wrote. He said Tuesday's joke "implies that the point of any show about a minority family is simply to normalize them. That's it. The stories, the humor, the characters... not important."