ABC’s “Roseanne” to be more Diverse & Inclusive with less Trump The politics of Roseanne will be dialed back in favor of a new strategy of diversity and inclusion.

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By Lynn Woolley

Here’s how the big networks think:

We’ve got a huge hit with “Roseanne.” It scored record ratings by having a lead character sympathetic to President Trump. We’ve got to change it.

Matt Drudge put it another way:

“Corporate cannibals stripping Roseanne of her fun.”

Doesn’t it figure?

ABC has brought in huge amounts of revenue off the Roseanne revival – and stands to make more. But in the eyes of its peers – the suits at CBS and NBC, ABC is a renegade network by even thinking about having a pro-Trump theme.

ABC’s “Roseanne” has been wildly successful while showcasing a pro-Trump character. (© 2017 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. )

Never mind that the show is certainly not all in favor of Trump. There is a gender-fluid character.

But ABC has decided to take the easy road and go for more of what liberals want – diversity. That will make Roseanne just another sitcom in a sea of similar shows. I won’t watch. And I wonder if Roseanne Barr will protest.

Rosanne seemed “fair and balanced” to me.

I watched one of the early episodes out of curiosity. I laughed at the jokes and marveled at some of the pro-Trump dialogue. But it never was a conservative show. It was a comedy show. The little boy who dresses like a girl was disturbing, but the kid who plays the role was endearing.

Video: Roseanne Reveals Why Her Character Supports Trump in Show’s Revival

Most sitcoms evolve – and this one must as well.

Remember when, in its fading episodes, Happy Days “jumped the shark?” That show was on the way down – but the new Roseanne isn’t there yet. The only reason to change a winning formula is because Hollywood liberals are outraged.

Channing Dungey

ABC’s entertainment director, Channing Dungey, says the politics of Roseanne will be dialed back in favor of a new strategy of diversity:

“I think they’re going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family. I think 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.”

Let’s see how that works.

Roseanne drew 27 million viewers combining live views and delayed watching. Can they keep it up with the oh-so-much-fun concepts of Diversity and Inclusion? (Both are hilarious and should keep ABC’s viewers simply mesmerized. Or not.)

Someone please let me know, as I will not be tuned in.

lynn@BeLogical.com

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