‘Roseanne’ revival renewed for second season as show still dominates ratings

Roseanne Barr, fair use

Roseanne Barr, fair use

America is buzzing about ABC’s revival of the smash hit television sitcom “Roseanne.” Not only is the series dominating the ratings in its first two weeks, the Conner family is making headlines in the rest of the media, particularly from a political perspective.

This has the network pulling the trigger on a renewal for a second season. ABC recently announced that it has ordered 13 more episodes for next year.

“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, in a statement. “The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the ‘Roseanne’ team has in store for next year.”

The star of the sitcom, Roseanne Barr, was celebrating the news on Twitter.

“I just got the call-thank u ABC! Thank you, Roseanne Show family (including fans). B’aruch Hashem. #DAYENU,” she tweeted.

The premiere episode attracted 18.2 million viewers and earned a 5.2 rating in the ever important 18-49 demographic. The second episode was watched by 15.2 million total viewers and garnered a 3.9 rating in the key demo.

America Discusses the Conner Family

In today’s hostile environment, “Roseanne” is a show you will either love or hate, depending on your personal politics. The main character supports President Donald Trump, the show takes jabs at Hillary Clinton voters, and it is a white middle-class family struggling under current economic conditions. Some critics note that the show attempts to strike a balance by also focusing on social issues, like transgenderism.

In any event, the country is talking about the Conner family.

Speaking in an interview with Us Weekly, legendary host Larry King revealed that he is enjoying the reboot so far.

“I’ve always liked Roseanne [Barr]. I think that John Goodman is such an underrated actor as well. I think the show is great,” the Emmy-winning media personality said. “It’s a great political balance of Roseanne liking Trump and her sister not. The writing on the show is so great. You have these two great characters and Roseanne is such a unique person.”

Referring to her ghastly rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” King just doesn’t want her bosses to “do that again!”

Despite being championed as a sitcom to advance conservative causes, legendary basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabar just doesn’t believe it, and he doesn’t want to.

“Unfortunately for Trump supporters, Roseanne is like that cinnamon roll in which some people claim to see the face of Jesus,” he wrote in The Hollywood Reporter. “If you’re looking for saviors in your pastry, you’ll eventually find them. If you’re looking for pro-Trump proselytizing in Roseanne, you’ll be feasting on your own imagination. Because when you look at the actual content of the first three [episodes], you see a deliberate lack of any substantive arguments, facts, statistics, or credible authorities that generally are the tools of forming educated opinions. It’s not there, nor should we expect it. It’s a sitcom, folks, not a poli-sci lecture.”

Don’t tell that to President Trump. Soon after the premiere, the president personally telephoned Barr and congratulated her on the success.

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