'Roseanne' May Move 'Away From Politics' in Season 2, ABC President Says

Brenda Watkins
May 17, 2018

This comes from Deadline, which was on an industry call with ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who praised the success of the show while promising to focus more on family over the next batch of 13 episodes.

When a reporter asked if she had any concerns about how Barr's own personal politics color the way the comedy is perceived, she responded: "I do think that there's a little bit of that, yes".

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"I was a little surprised, to be honest, by the reaction to that line", Dungey said Tuesday, May 15 according to Entertainment Weekly.

Those jokes are well and good, says Dungey, but in Season Two the focus will move away from politics.

An ABC representative told Fox News the show is "definitely not" cutting out the approach to reach Middle America people.

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He also called Trump a "lunatic".

Twitter users were fired up in March when "Roseanne" made an apparent diss toward fellow ABC staple "Black-ish". Returning sitcom "The Goldbergs" also is a Sony production, and "Modern Family", which has played on ABC for nine seasons, hails from 20th Century Fox Television.

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It is telling that the network is going to cut the conservative humor on "Roseanne", while Trump critics such as Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel are given a free rein (even Kimmel's insulting a nun who has dedicated her life to others doesn't rate a rebuke from the network).

This led to Dungey saying that ABC's shows would be as "diverse and inclusive as possible".

He added, "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". But the show has been moving away from politics as the season progressed.

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Dungey defended the "Roseanne" writers and said they were just expressing the title character's views.

Still, many viewers have taken issue with ABC for allowing "Roseanne" to be so overtly political (the reboot's season premiere saw Donald Trump-supporting Roseanne at odds with sister Jackie, who's a p-y hat-wearing Hilary Clinton backer) while "Black-ish" has been censored.

ABC embarks on a new season without Rhimes, the creative force behind such shows as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal".

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