ABC announced it will be revamping the classic comedy Roseanne to take on the modern Trump-era.
Roseanne Barr is the star and an outspoken, often crass comedian who had Americans laughing every week with her very real and hilarious portrayal of Midwestern family life.
Original cast members including Roseanne, John Goldman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fismand and Lecy Goranson will be returning along with additional actors to play kids and grandchildren.
The show will be airing 30 years after the original Roseanne show debuted, according the Hollywood Reporter.
“Now we will have three generations — Barr, her kids and her kids will have kids who are teenagers. So we’ll bring back a point-of-view that has really been missing on the air,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told the Banff World Media Festival.
Part of that “point-of-view” will be addressing the elephant in the room, also known as Donald Trump. As is consistent with Roseanne’s fearless style, the controversial president will not be a shunned subject.
“I don’t know whether Roseanne (Barr) will speak about Trump by name. But she’s going to speak very honestly,” Dungey said of the show that is suspected to take on today’s tumultuous political climate.
From the Hollywood reporter:
The ABC Entertainment boss is talking about a push by her network to deliver TV shows that speak to U.S. audiences as a whole, including those that elected Donald Trump as the U.S. president, and not just to the coasts.
“What the election revealed was that there’s parts of our country that didn’t feel heard, that they didn’t have a voice. When you look at how the polling data went in the run-up to the election, it was kind of big surprise to many people that the election turned out as it did,” Dungey said.
Does that mean the show will speak to the unwashed masses in flyover country? Say it isn’t so!
ABC recently came under major fire for abruptly cancelling one if its top rated shows, Last Man Standing.
Conservative actor and star of the show, Tim Allen, said he was blindsided by the move and viewers vowed to boycott the network.
Is ABC’s Roseanne revial part of damage control?
One look at Barr’s Twitter timeline shows the comedic icon is tuned-in to politics, and not afraid to stand up for President Trump. The following are recent retweets from Roseanne:
The comedic actress also slammed Antifa fascist thugs who violently opposed those who are standing up against creeping and oppressive Sharia Law.
Barr has never been one to shy away from politics, and became very vocal during last year’s presidential campaign season blasting Hillary Clinton so much she prompted a “thank you” from the soon-to-be President Trump.
The Roseanne reboot is due to air “mid-season” for eight episodes. It should be a wild ride.
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