The Roseanne reboot may take the Conner family’s bickering to a whole new level when it takes on today’s contentious political landscape. Could it end up being one of the only pro-Donald Trump sitcoms on TV?
Anyone who follows Roseanne Barr on Twitter knows that she tweets about politics constantly, so it won’t shock many of her longtime fans to learn that the Roseanne reboot will have a slightly political slant. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey recently talked about Barr’s plans to tackle Donald Trump on the blue-collar family comedy, saying that the comedienne may not ever mention the president by name, but that she will “speak very honestly.”
“We’re going to be tackling some of the topics that are in the conversation today. I’ll leave it that,” Dungey told the Hollywood Reporter.
On Saturday, Roseanne Barr tweeted about why she thinks Americans need her show right now.
“J edgar comey, millions of ‘feminists’ marching in support of women’s subordination,& leftys opposing Russia? gr8 time 4my new/old tv show!” Barr wrote.
Many of Roseanne Barr’s tweets are pro-Trump and against the left. It sounds like she’s going to have a lot of creative control over the Roseanne reboot, so she might use Trump critics as a comedic punching bag instead of going after the POTUS. The show could become a safe space for Donald Trump supporters who want to see someone they can identify with on TV, and it may serve as a salve for those who were burning mad when ABC canceled Last Man Standing, another sitcom centered on a working-class family. As the Washington Post reports, some fans believed that the Tim Allen vehicle was canned because it had a conservative slant and starred a conservative actor who attended Donald Trump’s inauguration, but ABC has insisted that this wasn’t the case.
Last June, Roseanne Barr said that Americans would be “lucky” if Trump won the presidency “because then it wouldn’t be Hillary.” However, Roseanne had another reason for supporting Trump: his wealth.
“I like Trump because he financed his own [campaign]. That’s the only way he could’ve gotten that nomination. Because nobody wants a president who isn’t from Yale and Harvard and in the club. ‘Cause it’s all about distribution. When you’re in the club, you’ve got people that you sell to. That’s how money changes hands, that’s how business works.”
Barr’s words earned her a thank you tweet from the billionaire businessman who would go on to win the presidency.
Thank you Roseanne, very much appreciated. https://t.co/COXEJ1In8D— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
On the other side of the aisle, Roseanne Barr’s costar, John Goodman, has been critical of the president and his supporters. He’s helped Alec Baldwin poke fun at Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, and he’s offered Trump fans some advice that they might not like. During an interview with the Huffington Post, Goodman suggested that Trump supporters should “gather themselves into a dome” and shut themselves off from the rest of the world.
If Roseanne Barr and John Goodman’s current personal views are reflected by their characters on the Roseanne reboot, this could create an interesting family dynamic (and spark plenty of those classic Conner squabbles). The show has only been picked up for an eight-episode limited series, but if it sticks around for a few more years, maybe someday fans will get to see Roseanne Conner say, “To hell with all politicians!” and make a run for the presidency herself. This would be art imitating life; Roseanne Barr ran for president on the Peace and Freedom ticket in 2012.
Channing Dungey agrees with Roseanne Barr that Americans living in the Trump era need a Roseanne reboot right now.
“Roseanne is an established show,” said the ABC Entertainment president.
“It’s an established family, it has an established character. Thirty years ago, Roseanne was speaking very openly about her life and her challenges. And it’s a perfect time to have that voice back to talk about the realities now.”
But here’s the big question: Will Roseanne Barr dress up like Donald Trump for one of those beloved Halloween episodes?
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