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ABC’s “Roseanne” to be more Diverse & Inclusive with less Trump

By Lynn Woolley

Here’s how the big networks think [1]:

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.” [2]

http://www.wbdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/LM-5-18-18.mp3 [3]

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?” [4] 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 [5], says the politics of Roseanne will be dialed back [6] 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 [7]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.