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Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Whitney Cummings defends Roseanne's controversial joke about Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat
The former Roseanne co-showrunner said on The Hollywood Reporter's comedy showrunner's roundtable that it would be disingenuous to mask the real views of the Conners family. Cummings adds: "There are times where I’m like, ‘This is offensive, but this is what they would say when no one is watching and when they don’t have a bunch of lib-tard people controlling what they say.’ So, I found a lot of times my job was just to go, ‘If you feel that that’s what this person would say behind closed doors, then let’s go with it.’”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Whitney Cummings: "It's a bad move" if Roseanne Barr benefits from a Roseanne spinoff without her
Cummings tells TMZ she "quit months ago," even though her departure as co-showrunner was announced 11 days before ABC canceled Roseanne following Roseanne Barr's racist tweet. Cummings declined to address TMZ's question of whether she'd seen the writing on the wall. "I have too many grey hairs in my head from this whole experience," she said later. Asked if Roseanne Conner should be killed off for the potential spinoff, Cummings said: "I can't think of any funny ways to kill Roseanne, but I don't want to think about it. Killing her would mean I'd have to think about her and I don't want to do that right now. I'm too pissed off."
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Wanda Sykes quits Roseanne after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Sykes, a consulting producer on the ABC revival, tweeted "I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC" hours after Roseanne Barr apologized for a tweet in which she called former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett a child of Muslim Brotherhood and the movie Planet of the Apes. Barr later apologized, calling the tweet a "bad joke" and vowing to leave Twitter. Barr's tweet prompted some viewers to demand ABC take action. Meanwhile, celebrities like Tom Arnold and Rosie O'Donnell slammed the tweet. Sykes is the second high-profile writer/producer to exit the Roseanne revival following Whitney Cummings' exit 10 days ago.
- Modern Family executive producer Danny Zuker: "I wrote on the original 'Roseanne' where we used to denounce nativism, racism & homophobia. Nauseating to see what she's become. Looking forward to continue not watching this show."
- Father of Fresh Off the Boat star Hudson Yang points out Barr has compared a black Obama administration official to an ape before
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Whitney Cummings departs as Roseanne's co-showrunner for Season 2
The comedian, who said she "became the PC police" on Roseanne while helping shepherd the revival, "is going to be too busy" for next season, according to her fellow co-showrunner Bruce Helford. He adds that "Whitney is always a member of the family of the show but she's got so much going on. I don't know how she had time to work on the show in the first place. I don't think she'll be able to join us in the capacity she was joining us in this first season." Cummings, who co-created 2 Broke Girls, was working with Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner of Carsey-Werner when he proposed that she help lead the revival. Cummings said when Werner “called me and he said, ‘We’re doing this. Do you want to be a part of it?’ … I canceled everything I had going on and made myself available, if anything just to go in and learn from these writers.” Helford also said Roseanne will bring in a group of new writers for Season 2: "We have a lot of new voices, younger voices, which I think is important on the show. I'll be showrunning next season. We run a democratic room, almost nobody has a stronger voice than anybody else; everybody's input is there. I'm excited because there are a lot of new voices and because I believe we've got the best of the voices who have been part of it continuing." UPDATE: Cummings confirms her exit on Twitter: "Due to work commitments and my tour schedule, I'm gonna have to watch the Conner's from the sidelines next season."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Iconic Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore, the "godmother of comedy" in Los Angeles, dies at 87
David Letterman babysat her children, Jay Leno slept on her club's back stairs and Jim Carrey tended bar for her. Shore influenced the careers of everybody from Robin Williams to Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, Jimmie Walker, Bob Saget and, of course, Letterman, Leno and Carrey. In fact, Carrey's Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here is inspired by his Comedy Store past, with Melissa Leo essentially playing Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store released a statement saying Shore, who died after battling Parkinson's Disease, "was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly." The Comedy Store was her fifth child. She was, according to Los Angeles Times' Paul Brownfield, "all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy — the 1970s and early '80s — when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to go onstage at the only place that mattered."
- Son Pauly Shore, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings pay tribute to Mitzi Shore on Twitter
- The Comedy Store released a star-studded "Thank you Mitzi" video just three days ago
- Kathy Griffin: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store"
- Watch David Letterman's The Comedy Store 15-year reunion Top 10 list
- Pauly Shore tweeted his mom's final days -- he took her for her final visit to The Comedy Store on Monday
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Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Roseanne revival aims to break as many taboos as possible
"The more tension there is, the funnier it is," says executive producer Bruce Helford, who points to upcoming storylines including an episode about a Muslim neighbor and Dan facing competition from people hiring illegal immigrants. "Another taboo we addressed was the opioid crisis," says executive producer Whitney Cummings, "which is this thing we're seeing in the news, but it's not being tackled on (scripted) TV, certainly not network TV. But what I've always loved about Roseanne is the show's ability to have these incredible dramatic moments in a multicamera sitcom with an audience sitting there, not laughing 'cause an incredible dramatic moment is playing out, whether it was when DJ wouldn't kiss the black girl at the school play or Jackie's domestic abuse. We thought maybe this could be one of those episodes."
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 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 Friday 12/01/17 at 2:06PM EST
Johnny Galecki’s Roseanne return confirmed via a picture of his official chair on set
Executive producer Whitney Cummings confirmed what Roseanne Barr tweeted earlier in the week, that Galecki’s David character will be back for ABC's Roseanne reboot.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:34PM EST
ABC orders one more Roseanne revival episode
That brings the total number of episodes of the Roseanne revival to nine. Filming on the revival's first episode took place last Friday, according to Olivia Munn's Instagram post on being allowed on set at the invitation of executive producer Whitney Cummings. ALSO: Johnny Galecki still isn't signed for the revival.