Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Roseanne Might Already Be Getting A Second Season After Blockbuster Debut

Roseanne Barr has a history of supporting Trump — and promoting right-wing conspiracy theories Trump calls Roseanne Barr after series premiere gets high ratings
Adrian Cunningham | 31 March, 2018, 05:57

All of the original "Roseanne" cast members returned for the revival, including John Goodman as Roseanne's (Roseanne Barr) husband, who died in the final season 21 years ago. Tuesday night's premiere even managed to beat out the original show's series finale (which had 16.6 million viewers, for reference).

Just days after the Roseanne revival premiere broke TV records, ABC officially renewed the series for a second season.

"They plugged into what's going on in the country right now which is that in families when you're a Trump voter versus a Trump hater there's a lot of friction and a lot of fights within the family", Behar said.

The reboot drew more than 18 million viewers, a significant number for broadcast television, which has come under pressure from online streaming.

The actress then admitted to having a videotape of her interviewing the president and director Michael Moore on her former talk show, but revealed that she originally thought Trump was a "populist".

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It's the show's symbolism in the Trump era that has launched a thousand thinkpieces and tweetstorms, with Roxane Gay pointing out in the New York Times that the show promotes the myth that the working class voted for Trump.

The unexpected success even caught the attention of President Trump, who counts star and executive producer Roseanne Barr as one of his supporters and dialed her up to personally deliver his congratulations. In real life, Barr is also a vocal Trump supporter, though she lives on a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii and not in IL.

During her Thursday appearance on Good Morning America, Barr recalled Trump's phone call as "exciting".

"We just kind of had a private conversation", she said.

'We talked about a lot of things. "When I got to LA, I was nearly home and I was in the vehicle and I was like, 'Oh my god it's 8:01, it's on in LA!'" I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now. "We can't wait to see what the "Roseanne" team has in store for next year", ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.