I’ve been watching the “Roseanne” reboot pretty frequently, and I’ve enjoyed it. It’s funny, and it’s nice to see at least a LITTLE representation for people with different viewpoints in a popular show, even if it’s not perfect.
However, those days might be toast.
ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey is now saying that the show won’t really be political in the next season, even though the subtle conservative undertones have proved successful.
Dungey said that the show will lean away from politics next season during a conference call with reporters as part of the network’s upfront presentation. Upon learning the news, conservative media icon Matt Drudge tweeted, “Corporate cannibals stripping Roseanne of her fun.”
Yeaaaaaah. He’s not happy.
“I think that they’re going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family,” Dungey said during the network’s upfront presentation after the call, according to TheWrap. The site added that Dungey said ABC’s goal is to be “as diverse and as inclusive as possible … across all metrics.”
“I think that one of the things that was fresh for us with ‘Roseanne’ on the air is that it is focusing (on) a family that is in a different economic status than some of the other family comedies that are on the air,” Dungey reportedly said.
Why would you mess with the winning formula? I don’t get it.
ratings will drop
— Ed Churchill (@vechurchilljr) May 15, 2018
The family is what Liberals want to break. Keep on @therealroseanne
— FEELINGS (@EdRedonion) May 15, 2018
— Kathi (@realkitchenzink) May 15, 2018
Elites can’t allow common sense values to be championed, but they will be glad to rake in the advertising revenue generated from the ratings derived from those with common sense values. #LiberalHypocrisy
— Micah Jackson (@Smartee411) May 15, 2018
Keep Roseanne Great
— Robert (@Rohpert) May 15, 2018
She needs to Follow Tim Allen. I guess ABC doesn’t need the money for ratings.
— Forever Trump! (@hellofromtiff) May 15, 2018
Ratings will suffer and they’ll blame Roseanne. Maybe they’ll listen to her when she says she knows her audience.
— Dani The Girl (@NewYearsDani) May 15, 2018
Will this actually happen? I guess it’s up in the air.
An ABC spokesperson said the network is “definitely not” ditching the heartland strategy when reached by Fox News.
Everyone also seems to forget that Roseanne likely has a big say, and I don’t see her completely ditching the winning formula right now either.
I thought ABC learned its lesson with “Last Man Standing.” Guess I was wrong.
ABC has been nothing but supportive to me and my show and all of our ideas. The press has misrepresented what ABC President said about our new season.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 16, 2018
She obviously knows something we don’t. Maybe there won’t be a change after all!
h/t Fox News