Among current series revivals, Emmy victor Roseanne Barr's sitcom about the earthy, colorful Conner family returns 21 years later with new ABC episodes starting tonight. "How working class people - how and why they elected Trump".
That focus, noteworthy in the '80s when the show entered a relatively small TV universe, is still rare despite the swarm of broadcast, cable and streaming shows.
However, it has been a while since the original show's series finale aired (over 20 years), which means some of the details of the show's final plot lines may have escaped our memories. Thea Chaloner directed today's show.
The 2016 presidential campaign "was a wake-up call in that there were a large group of voters who were frustrated with the status quo" and being sidelined by the economy, Werner said. In this new "Roseanne", it's still the central character, this time played by Roseanne, who fights for more conservative values.
The revival premiere opens exactly how one would hope, with a shot of the iconic Conner living room, beat-up plaid couch and multicolored crocheted blanket front and center, as we hear Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) yell: "Dan! Dan!" This has been renewed for a fourth season.More news: Twitter joins Facebook and Google in banning cryptocurrency adverts
"He's said some really silly things about me, but I still love him", she added, without going into specifics.
Roseanne: Not on the real news. Rather, U.S. politics are there to establish a divide in the family.
The main character, Barr, returns to TV as a Donald Trump voter. Barr has spoken about this before, telling Esquire in 2013 that she believes "generations of people, not only here but all over the world", have been affected by (and are still affected by) government mind control connected to (or similar to?) the known drug experiments (MK-ULTRA was one) undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950s and 1960s.
"I'm sleeping! Why does everybody always think I'm dead?" "So, I'm counting on you guys to make the new kid feel welcome". And if you ignore the Roseanne of season nine, you also miss the version of her who literally scolds television executives for misrepresenting her story, the woman who delivers jeremiads against Hollywood and who cheerfully thumbs her nose at the history of women on television. "It's just how we deal with everything within the group, and we disagree or not it's really not that big a deal", Goodman said. There were jokes about Dan's retconned death, references to hiding things with the cleaning supplies because that's the one place no one would ever look (a line Dan once said when he hid fatty foods during his post-heart-attack days), and, perhaps most interestingly, a callback to one of the series' few episodes that grappled with the subject of race.
Whether the White House or child-rearing are on the family table, the writing has the same zest and bite as the original series. And if familiarity breeds more comfort for viewers, the largely intact cast is there to help.