ABC says "Roseanne" will concentrate on family, not politics


Dungey also addressed the controversy over a joke made on "Roseanne" in an April episode. The show has drawn both criticism and praise for its depiction of conservative views, most notably reflecting the political leanings of series star and creator Roseanne Barr.

While on a conference call with reporters, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked if she felt that stories about Roseanne Barr's politics have overshadowed has how the comedy series revival is perceived as entertainment.

"I think that they are going to continue on the path they were on toward the latter part of this season, which is away from politics and more focused on family", Dungey said.

"In a very amusing way, I think it allowed us, between the different, political views of Roseanne and Jackie, to address some issues that we think have been conversations at other family dining tables across the country". "There, now you're all caught up", Roseanne quipped in reply.

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And about that "Blackish" and "Fresh Off the Boat" joke: In one episode, Roseanne and Dan (John Goodman) fell asleep in front of the TV during ABC's prime-time lineup. What exactly is the punchline here? "It's a familiarity and comfort with the culture of objectifying and demeaning people of color". "I do think there's a little bit of that, yes", she agreed.

"I was a little surprised, to be honest, by the reaction to that line", Dungey said, noting that she supported the Roseanne writers in this incident. "We thought the writers were tipping their hat" to those other shows, she said.

"We at ABC have not had as much success with [multi-cam comedies] traditionally as competitors", she said. Incidentally, "Last Man Standing" was just picked up by Fox for a new season.

Dungey says ABC stands firmly behind Barris and allows him to creatively express anything he feels is worth putting out. Including "economic perspectives" which were "fresh for us...focusing on a family who is in different economic circumstances than a number of other comedies on our air".