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Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Revivals can thrive because network TV is all about establishing relationships between a show and its audience
“One of biggest creative advantages TV offers over movies is the ability to explore characters and story lines with the sort of depth impossible in a two-hour film,” says Josef Adalian. “Stories that take two hours to tell in a feature film unfold over the course of hundreds of episodes and many, many years. The weekly intimacy of network TV creates a massive emotional bond with its audience: It’s why the finales of shows such as Friends, Seinfeld, or Breaking Bad end up being the top-rated episodes in their respective runs, and why old episodes of those same shows do so well in syndicated reruns or on Hulu. Reviving well-loved shows seem symptomatic of creative bankruptcy, but for audiences literally programmed to connect with TV characters, continuations of Will & Grace or Roseanne are the small-screen equivalent of family or high-school reunions.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Flawed TV parents are the norm these days, but that wasn’t always the case
In the early days of television, parents knew best, and they always had everything under control. But that control evolved with chaotic family shows like Roseanne and The Simpsons. As Jen Chaney notes, “most of the people creating or portraying parents on television at the moment are either Generation-Xers or older millennials, the same people who were raised on Brady Bunch reruns and The Cosby Show, but also embraced Roseanne and The Simpsons. These generations spent more time during childhood watching TV than any previous generations, and having their ideas about family shaped by that from an early age. They saw parents they wanted to emulate, but also eventually became acutely aware that much of what sitcoms had fed them was comfort food.”
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Whitney Cummings on rebooting Roseanne in the Trump era: “I promise you’re going to be nettled by something on the show”
The comedian and Roseanne executive producer explains in a Vulture essay why Roseanne is necessary in a country divided by Trump. “This show is not about Trump — it’s about the circumstances that made people think Trump was a good idea,” she explains. Cummings says the Roseanne reboot will show characters viewers will disagree with, and storylines that will make everybody uncomfortable, regardless of where they are on the political spectrum. “It’s not that our goal was specifically to piss anyone off, but the Roseanne writers have a commitment to the truth that I have not seen on other network shows,” says Cummings. “There’s no agenda, no judgment of the characters, just a deep devotion to the Conners’ fiscal and emotional reality.” She adds: “In network television, there’s a lot of conversation about making characters ‘likable,’ but often it’s at the expense of making them complicated and truthful. After working with some of the show’s original writers, I’ve concluded that their quest to honor reality and avoid worrying about if you ‘like’ the characters is actually what ended up making you love the characters. For a sitcom to make you care that much requires that the writers and actors have a perfect balance of courage and restraint.” ALSO: Tim Allen responds after reports of Roseanne’s support of Trump prompts calls for ABC to bring back Last Man Standing.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Roseanne Barr says her Roseanne character supports President Trump because “it’s just realistic”
“I’ve always had it be a true reflection of the society we live in,” she said at the TV press tour. “Half the country voted for him, half of them didn’t. It’s just realistic.” Roseanne added that “I have always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of American working class people, and it was working class people who elected Trump. So it was very real and something that needed to be discussed.” Sara Gilbert, who in addition to returning serves as an executive producer, said the revival will explore the political divide “within the context of a family.”
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Johnny Galecki suggests The Big Bang Theory will likely end after Season 12, admits Roseanne revival negotiations were “delicate”
“The only manner in which the cast has discussed wrapping (The Big Bang Theory) has been that we’re all going to be very sad when that day comes,” Galecki said at the TV press tour “But I think at this point everyone’s very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families.” Aditionally, Galecki told TV Line that the negotiations to allow him to have a brief cameo on ABC Roseanne revival had to be “delicate” because it is a sitcom on a rival network. “It was probably most uncomfortable only to me,” he told TV Line, “because obviously Big Bang is my home and my family. But I probably wouldn’t have been on Big Bang if it hadn’t been for Roseanne. So there were the politics to be considerate about, but everyone was very supportive.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
How Roseanne painstakingly re-created the old set — after declining to rent the original couch
Production designer John Shaffner and his team had to create a new version of the old Connor family sofa. “There was a gentleman who claimed to have the original sofa," says Shaffner. "He has it in some kind of TV museum in Arizona and no one understands how he got the sofa. He did offer to rent it to us, under conditions that there always be a security guard with it, it has to be in a temperature controlled environment, and it’s only used on days when we were shooting. So we passed on that.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
The Roseanne revival aims to bring an “honest family” back to television — “something that doesn’t really exist on TV anymore”
Executive producer Bruce Helford, a former Roseanne writer who went on to co-create The Drew Carey Show, runs the revival's writers' room featuring such big names as Wanda Sykes, Whitney Cummings, former Roseanne writer Norm Macdonald and Roseanne Barr herself. “We want everybody to see something that doesn’t really exist on TV anymore, which is an honest family,” he says. “There’s not much of that. Everything is higher-toned or more niche. These people are very much in the core of what’s going on in the country right now.” ALSO: See a bunch more Roseanne revival set pics.
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 Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
Roseanne’s newest teaser gives a glimpse of the table read
The first promo shows the Roseanne revival cast in their first table read.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Has TV seen the end of endings?
Roseanne, Will & Grace, 13 Reasons Why, American Vandal and Big Little Lies are among the shows that ended, then came back -- or are coming back. As Willa Paskin puts it, there is something “nebulous about the end of endings that gives me the heebie jeebies: This is a little inchoate, but what I hate about it, is that it makes us even more slavishly devoted to the imaginations of the people making those shows, as they themselves are ever more financially tied to their old work. “
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Here’s the first look at Darlene and David’s kids from the Roseanne revival
Shameless’ Emma Kenney will play their 14-year-old daughter, while newcomer Ames McNamara will play “gender-fluid” son Mark. ALSO: How Becky No. 2 Sarah Chalke will be incorporated into the revival.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Read a list of holiday TV marathons
Comedy Central has a That ’70s Show marathon every day through Friday. ALSO: Here are 13 holiday specials that are currently available for streaming.
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Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 1:14PM EST
ABC's Roseanne revival gets a premiere date: March 27
Roseanne will return with a special hour-long episode on Tuesday March 27. The following week, it will return to its old Tuesday 8-8:30 timeslot.
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 Thursday 12/07/17 at 8:21PM EST
Roseanne revival brings back Sandra Bernhard and Estelle Parsons
They’ll reprise their respective roles as Roseanne and Jackie’s lesbian mom and lesbian pal.