Roseanne Returns, With a Pro-Trump Argument

TV's famous mom, and her real-life counterpart, are supporters
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2018 1:19 PM CDT
In this image released by ABC, Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman appear in a scene from the reboot of "Roseanne." It's back on the air March 27.   (Adam Rose/ABC via AP, File)

(Newser) Roseanne returns to the airwaves Tuesday night after signing off in 1997, and the reboot is getting lots of attention for more than the usual reasons of nostalgia. The show, especially the premiere that airs at 8pm Eastern on ABC, will have a distinctly Trumpian theme, reports the AP. It seems that Roseanne Barr's namesake character, Roseanne Conner, voted for Donald Trump, a decision that has caused serious friction with sister Jackie, played once again by Laurie Metcalf. A look at some of the coverage:

  • Her argument: In the show, Roseanne explains her vote thusly: “He talked about jobs, Jackie. He said he’d shape things up." When Jackie tells her to watch the news because things are now worse, Roseanne shoots back, "Not on the real news." It's the most "overtly political exchange" not only in the episode but in all nine of the new episodes to come, writes Joanna Weiss at Politico. She talks to executive producer Bruce Helford, who says the show will aim to get polarized families talking again, to "put the whole discourse out in the open."

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