On Wednesday morning, he took to Twitter giving the reboot of the ABC blue-collar comedy his stamp of approval after reports of the sitcom’s high ratings: “Wow amazing. Congrats [Roseanne].” He also said that she should look into hosting a late night show and that “there’s some demand for an alternate viewpoint.”
The comedy created by Roseanne Barr originally debuted in 1988 and was an immediate breakout hit as it focused on the family dysfunction, love, comedy, and middle America struggle of the Conner family in Lanford, Illinois. The series was groundbreaking, giving a different perspective of the working class. Fast forward to 2018 and the show is breaking ground again — but in a totally different way.
Initial reviews of the show have been divisive as the reboot has the titular matriarch supporting Trump (which is similar to the real-life Roseanne’s political stance). She spars with her liberal “nasty woman” sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) which has sparked lots of conversation and debate among audiences. The show also includes Darlene’s (Sara Gilbert) gender fluid son David (Ames McNamara) and DJ (Michael Fishman) raising a black daughter Mary (Jayden Rey). Needless to say, Roseanne is covering lots of ground when it comes to political and social issues with an updated brand of Roseanne comedy. The revival has gotten so much traction that ABC is airing a rerun of the first episode on Easter Sunday.