After ABC executives indicated they’d like to see Roseanne Barr tone down the politics for the next season of her rebooted sitcom “Roseanne,” the star herself chimed in to insist the show will actually be “braver” moving forward.
don’t worry, #Roseanne show fans-next season will be even braver/funnier/timely than this season, despite what anyone mistakenly says.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 16, 2018
“Don’t worry, #Roseanne show fans-next season will be even braver/funnier/timely than this season, despite what anyone mistakenly says,” she tweeted, giving fans hope the Conner family’s support for President Donald Trump will remain in the foreground.
Barr’s tweet comes hours after ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey suggested the show would shift away from politics after the renewal began in the aftermath of the 2016 election and towards focusing on the issues facing American families:
The show certainly did touch on some of that in the first episode in a very funny way, to look at the different political views between Roseanne and Jackie. That said, having touched on it in the first episode of the season, I think when you look on subsequent episodes of the run, the focus is not really on politics and much more on family and the everyday trials and tribulations that the family faces that still bring them together. I think they’ll continue on the path they’re on toward the latter part of this season, which is away from politics and more focused on family.
Despite garnering record-breaking ratings and a congratulatory phone call from the president himself, Dungey claimed Barr’s own personal politics are affecting the way the show is received, saying, “I do think there is a little bit of that.”
Perhaps she is “mistaken,” however, as Barr seemingly suggested.