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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.