Апреля 24 2018

"Roseanne" reboot sprang from ABC's heartland strategy after Trump's victory

Апреля 24 2018, 06:52 | Perry Erickson

President Trump Calls Roseanne Barr to Congratulate Her on Sitcom Revival's Ratings

Roseanne Barr has a history of supporting Trump — and promoting right-wing conspiracy theories

It's an astonishing feat for any broadcast show in 2018, let alone a show that had been off the air for 20 years.

The cast from the show's original run returned for the new go-round, including Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. In an interview on Sunday Today with Willie Geist, he recalls drinking alcohol at work and how his wife helped him get sober.

ABC announced this afternoon it was renewing "Roseanne" for a second season - or 11th season, depending on your math. ABC says the premiere added another point to its 18-49 rating and 3.4 million viewers with a single day of delayed viewing.

The revival has also drawn critical raves, with The New York Times calling it "feisty and funny" and The Wall Street Journal writing that "Roseanne" is "sparkling".

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"[Trump] called Roseanne to congratulate her because, you know, he's a ratings whore, you know that".

Not only is the show a rare depiction of working-class life on USA television, but also of Donald Trump supporters, who have been largely ignored by Hollywood. "I't known him for many decades, and he's done a good deal of nice items for me personally ... it had been just an agreeable dialog regarding running and ratings and television". "She got me into a treatment center, and I detoxed there and decided I liked the feeling".

"I thought it was actually a really pitch-perfect take on what a lot of real Trump supporters feel", McCain said, explaining that the show takes up the same issues that Trump has focused on during his presidency, including jobs and the economy.

Meanwhile, the show's matriarch, Roseanne Barr, triumphantly tweeted Thursday that President Donald Trump gave her a personal call of congratulations on the episode's skyrocketed ratings. "I was flying on the day of the premiere and I was kind of watching the clock and I was like 'Oh it's coming on in NY, oh it's coming on in Chicago, '" the 43-year-old recalled. "Roseanne" is part of a broader strategy hatched by the network's executives soon after Trump's surprise win in 2016.

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