'Roseanne' may lighten up on the politics next season, ABC president says

Lawrence Kim
May 16, 2018

"At the end of the day, this was a mutual decision made between Kenya and the network to not push the episode out, and I think we all feel like that was the best decision overall", Dungey continued.

"Roseanne", which stars Barr as a Donald Trump supporter (as she is in real life), earned 18 million overnight viewers after its premiere in March and became a political flashpoint as President Trump endorsed - and took credit for - the show's success.

"We at ABC have not had as much success with [multi-cam comedies] traditionally as competitors", she said.

After posting absolutely wonderful ratings numbers in its premiere and throughout its comeback season, eliciting a call of congratulations from President Donald Trump and potentially paving the way for Tim Allen's Last Man Standing to return, ABC's Roseanne revival may switch gears in season two.

Dungey noted that as the first season went on, the focus shifted from politics to family.

The network executive said ABC tries to tell as many different stories as possible and Roseanne fits that mandate because it shows a struggling, Midwestern family, facing different challenges than the wealthier characters in some its sitcoms like black-ish and Modern Family. "We missed all the shows about black and Asian families", Dan said afterwards, referencing the two previously mentioned shows.

"In a very amusing way, I think it allowed us, between the different, political views of Roseanne and Jackie, to address some issues that we think have been conversations at other family dining tables across the country". "There, now you're all caught up". I do stand by the Roseanne writers.

Dungey said she was "surprised at the reaction". "We felt like the writers were simply tipping the hat to those shows, and it certainly wasn't meant to offend". "I do think there's a little bit of that, yes", she agreed. Incidentally, "Last Man Standing" was just picked up by Fox for a new season.

"We look to be diverse and inclusive from a racial perspective, from a gender perspective, from a religious perspective and also from an economic perspective", Dungey said.

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