I was just talking to a friend about the show this morning. You know what? Rosanne just became a very powerful person (unconventionally speaking). And all she did is put a show on TV that wasn’t a total lie. She said what a large portion of the American population, perhaps even a solid majority, know. And that is that Trump isn’t a monster and that Hillary was/is corrupt as the day is long.
But some in Hollywood can’t believe that the edifice they’ve tried to erect over the last decade could come crashing down. They are kind of gobsmacked by Rosanne. The “deplorables” couldn’t win again could they? Oh good Lord RESIST!
Yeah, keep going with that.
Here’s the secret key to the massive success that the ABC program saw this week, bringing 18.2 million viewers: It’s a family show with good writing.
That’s no different than the formula followed by “The Simpsons” for 30 years.
But because “Roseanne” doesn’t serve as therapy for Hollywood producers and political journalists still struggling to accept the 2016 election (as the debut of the “Will and Grace” reboot did — and it sucked) coverage and commentary about the show was predictably bitter.
The New York Times has run just one op-ed weighing in on the “Roseanne” reboot, wherein Roxane Gay, the author, said she liked the show but that she wouldn’t watch further episodes because, “This fictional family, and the show’s very real creator, are further normalizing Trump and his warped, harmful political ideologies.”
(By the way, “normalizing” is how the media refers to anything they don’t approve of being shown on TV in a way that isn’t properly framed in hatred or, at the very least, portrayed as an exotic animal. Like a Trump voter.)