Fans of the old sitcom Roseanne, which originally aired from 1988 to 1997, are excited that there will now be a new series of the show, and ABC has said that they will be carefully considering the feelings of their audience after Donald Trump’s surprise win. The new revival series of this show will feature eight episodes and will have three different generations of characters in it.
The new series of Roseanne will feature Roseanne, her children, and her children’s children, who are set to be teenagers in the show. Original cast members will also be returning, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman. But what will the show be be like now, 20 years after it last aired?
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey recently spoke at the 2017 Banff World Media Festival, and explained that different media networks were now reconsidering their previous political positions in response to Donald Trump’s presidential win. Dungey noted that Trump’s win proves that there is a large part of America that doesn’t feel like they are being listened to, as Newsbusters reported. ABC plan on addressing this displaced segment of America on the new Roseanne series.
“What the election revealed was that there’s parts of our country that didn’t feel heard, that they didn’t have a voice. It was a big surprise to many people that the election turned out as it did.”
Channing Dungey also said that Roseanne would allow Roseanne Barr to become a mouthpiece for those Americans who felt left out of American politics and those who voted for Donald Trump. Dungey said that Roseanne would be speaking openly and “honestly” about the president of the United States in the new series.
ABC feels that while the new season of Roseanne is meant to appeal to all audiences, they do want to make certain that specific audiences no longer feel left out, especially with such a popular show as this.
@abcpublicity - The Connors are returning to ABC! The eight-episode reboot, featuring the original cast – Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky) – will air in 2018. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. #Roseanne #ABC
As for whether Barr’s character will actually be speaking about Donald Trump in Roseanne or another fictional president, this has not yet been decided, according to Pop Culture.
“I don’t know whether Roseanne Barr will speak about Trump by name. But she’s going to speak very honestly. We’re going to be tackling some of the topics that are in the conversation today. I’ll leave it at that.”
Even though Roseanne Barr supports Donald Trump, she may not be above cracking political jokes, even if they are at his expense, as The Hill reported. Roseanne has said that the “new political reality in our country will make for some great jokes!”
Actress Laurie Metcalf has said that the new Roseanne series may be shot on the original soundstage, speculating that it “will be like no time has passed,” Entertainment Tonight report. Metcalf has admitted that she doesn’t know any of the plot details for the new season right now, nor if the Roseanne characters will still be “living crowded in that home in Lanford, Illinois, all on the same couch.”
“I don’t know what their life is going to be like. If you take that family out and pluck them down in 2017 — what they’ve been through and where they are now — it’s going to be really timely.”
Laurie Metcalf also stated that in light of the political climate right now, she believes that some of the Roseanne characters may have been “pro-Trump,” and said that she surmised that it had split the family, much as it has for many people in real life, according to the New York Daily News.
Are you looking forward to the new series of Roseanne?
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