Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Never one to miss an opportunity to make a dramatic entrance, Roseanne Barr made a surprise (and extraordinarily brief) appearance during the afternoon Lifetime session at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour to promote her new 16-episode reality series that focuses on her new-found life running a Macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. The show demonstrated triple-digit growth in its time period during its recent premiere, according to the network. “What a privilege items for you to have me here today,” Roseanne said after taking control of the podium. “I hope you guys here all enjoy my reality show. It was my intention to do a little bit of a blend between reality and reality television.” And with that, she was off. Cornered backstage after exiting the stage, Roseanne elaborated, “I have a wonderful farm with like 40 farmhands. … One of the first things I bought when I made Roseanne Show money was a farm in Iowa. But with this show, it’s hard trying to get the nuts to the store. I had no idea how hard it is to get a factory up and running and get the nuts to the store. But you know, I’m gonna keep plugging. And anyway, doing the show was just really fun.”