ABC Entertainment President Defends 'Roseanne' Dig at 'Black-ish'

Sergio Cunningham
May 17, 2018

Never afraid to shy away from complex social or political issues during its original run (1988-1997), when Roseanne was revived and brought back to ABC for a second go-around this year, it was back to politics nearly from the first frame.

"I think that 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", Dungey said on a conference call Tuesday, according to Variety.

So, what about next season, the sitcom's 12th? The cast includes Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Alicia Goranson, Sarah Chalke, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey.

During the call, Dungey said the show's second season may move away from politics.

Asked in a teleconference with reporters Tuesday if she thinks more time will be devoted to the siblings' political differences in the future, Dungey replied: "We certainly did touch on some of that in the first episode". Roseanne responds, "They're just like us".

Jimmy Kimmel took some jabs at the success of ABC's "Roseanne" at its 2018 Upfront presentation. At the time, Sherwood claimed that ABC executives had a meeting the morning after the 2016 election about how they could better reach Middle America.

ABC has ordered 13 episodes of "Roseanne" for next season.

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Though he said in a recent interview that he meant to avoid roasting President Trump, Kimmel apparently couldn't resist.

ABC will not be the No. 1 network next year because there is one thing the schedule is lacking: professional sports in primetime. Back when the original series had a results show, Dancing with the Stars would sometimes feature future pro dancers performing routines.

Dungey reiterated that the network tries to be "as diverse and inclusive as possible" across all metrics, from race to gender to religion to economics. Roseanne's dig at the shows didn't sit well with many, but Dungey maintains that its intent wasn't to offend. "Roseanne", she said, is "focusing on a family who is in different economic circumstances than some of our other comedies on the air".

After airing "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" this month, the network will launch its fall lineup with "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" at 8 p.m.

"Our ratings are going down and our prices are going up". Grown-ish and Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi, an on-screen bridge of ABC to Freeform, took the stage and wowed an entire theater with what felt like as an impassioned stump speech about her generation.

The presentation, which for the first time combined pitches from Disney and ABC, was indeed montage-heavy. We can't lose Fox and [Grey's Anatomy producer] Shonda Rhimes in one year. "I'm probably a really big deal to your mom".

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