Roseanne to cool it on pol­i­tics

ABC says re­vived hit show will con­cen­trate on fam­ily

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NEW york — ex­pect roseanne to cool it on pol­i­tics and con­cen­trate on fam­ily sto­ries when it re­turns for the sec­ond sea­son of its re­vival next year.

That was the word Tues­day from ABC en­ter­tain­ment chief Chan­ning dungey as she in­tro­duced the net­work’s plans for next year. The show’s re­turn ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions this spring, with the sup­port of roseanne Barr’s char­ac­ter for u.s. Pres­i­dent don­ald Trump at­tract­ing at­ten­tion.

dungey noted that as the first sea­son went on, the fo­cus shifted from pol­i­tics to fam­ily.

“I think they’re go­ing to con­tinue on the path that they were on to­ward the lat­ter part of this sea­son, which is away from pol­i­tics and more fo­cused on fam­ily,” she said.

There may be good busi­ness and cre­ative rea­sons for that. asked if she was con­cerned that Barr’s opin­ions might af­fect how view­ers per­ceive the show’s con­tent, dungey replied, “I do think there is a little bit of that, yes.”

Last year, abc’s can­cel­la­tion of Tim allen’s Last Man stand­ing, an­other com­edy with a con­ser­va­tive-lean­ing star, pro­voked so­cial­me­dia protests. Chan­ning said Tues­day that the de­ci­sion was solely based on abc’s in­abil­ity to come to con­tract terms with their stu­dio part­ner — and she wished the show well in its new home at Fox, which picked it up for next sea­son.

Make ’em laugh

Jimmy Kim­mel punc­tu­ated abc’s pre­sen­ta­tion of its fall sched­ule to ad­ver­tis­ers with the scathing hu­mour that’s be­come a sta­ple of the an­nual event.

he spread the punch­lines around, with his home net­work among the tar­gets. Not­ing the can­cel­la­tion of Marvel’s In­hu­mans, Kim­mel said that ABC “did some­thing re­mark­able ... we man­aged to have the only un­suc­cess­ful project with the word ‘Marvel’ in the ti­tle.”

Lament­ing hit-mak­ing pro­ducer shonda rhimes’ de­ci­sion to move from ABC to Net­flix, Kim­mel gra­ciously lauded her as “an amaz­ing tal­ent and per­son who changed the face of this net­work” with dra­mas in­clud­ing grey’s anatomy and scan­dal.

and on be­half of ev­ery­one at ABC, he added, “We hope she rots in hell.”

he moved on to the trend of se­ries re­boots, in­clud­ing the re­turn of roseanne to ABC.

“ev­ery­one who says hol­ly­wood is out of new ideas, we’re not. It’s just that one of our new ideas was to google, ‘What were our old ideas?’ ” Kim­mel said. he noted that CBS is res­ur­rect­ing an­other past hit, Mur­phy Brown, then slammed the older-skew­ing com­peti­tor.

“CBS knows what mil­len­ni­als want, and they’ll be damned if they’ll give it to them,” he said.

Make ’em laugh, ex­ec­u­tive ver­sion

In his re­marks to ad­ver­tis­ers, dis­ney-abc Tele­vi­sion group Pres­i­dent Ben sher­wood ac­knowl­edged how much the rat­ings suc­cess of Barr’s com­edy means to ABC.

“If any­one came to play a drink­ing game based on how many times we said roseanne, you’re wel­come,” sher­wood.

The ABC star they picked to open the pre­sen­ta­tion was — easy guess, Barr.

So what’s new?

a whop­ping to­tal of eight new se­ries will roll out on abc’s sched­ule next fall and mid­sea­son, in­clud­ing five dra­mas and three come­dies.

one of the hour-long shows, a Mil­lion Little Things, is about a group of friends who get a “wakeup call” to em­brace life after one of them dies. It sounds on pa­per like an in­ter­con­nected-lives show akin to NBC’S new drama, The Vil­lage, about res­i­dents in a New york apart­ment build­ing. and that seems to echo NBC’S hit This Is us. Must be a co­in­ci­dence.

one new show stars a fa­mil­iar ABC face: Nathan Fil­lion, for­merly of Cas­tle. This time around, he plays a small-town, mid­dle-aged man with a dream of be­com­ing a Los an­ge­les po­lice of­fi­cer in The rookie.

“If you don’t know me, I’m prob­a­bly a big deal to your mother,” a self­dep­re­cat­ing Fil­lion joked to ad­ver­tis­ers dur­ing abc’s pre­sen­ta­tion at Lin­coln Cen­ter.

an­other ex-abc star, eva Lon­go­ria of des­per­ate housewives, is pro­duc­ing, not act­ing, for grand ho­tel, about a lux­u­ri­ous, fam­ily-owned ho­tel in Mi­ami Beach. Mex­i­can film star and os­car nom­i­nee demian Bichir leads the en­sem­ble cast.

Two dis­tinctly different non­scripted shows will de­but this fall: danc­ing with the stars: Ju­niors, which will pair celebrity kids with young ball­room dance pro­fes­sion­als, and The alec Bald­win show, a talk show fea­tur­ing the ac­tor and don­ald Trump im­per­son­ator.

Cue the protests

a slew of shows got the axe from ABC, which will un­doubt­edly prompt fans to call for an­other net­work or streaming ser­vice to give them a sec­ond chance at life. Brook­lyn Nine-nine quickly found that at NBC after Fox can­celled it, and Last Man stand­ing was res­ur­rected — could any of the fol­low­ing be as well?

abc’s dearly de­parted are Marvel’s In­hu­mans, 10 days in the Val­ley, des­ig­nated sur­vivor, Quan­tico, de­cep­tion, The Cross­ing, Kevin (Prob­a­bly) saves the World, The Mayor and alex, Inc.

one of them, alex, Inc., star­ring Zach Braff of scrubs fame, barely had a chance to in­tro­duce it­self since its March de­but. a groundswell of au­di­ence sup­port is un­likely.

Des­ig­nated hit

The Kiefer suther­land po­lit­i­cal thriller des­ig­nated sur­vivor at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion when it de­buted a year ago. rat­ings plum­meted for its sec­ond sea­son. still, it was a little sur­pris­ing that ABC gave up on it so quickly.

Back­stage tur­moil among the show’s cre­ative team played a part, dungey said.

“We were less con­fi­dent about the cre­ative path for­ward as we were about the other shows” on the sched­ule, she said.

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Roseanne Barr, left, and John Good­man in a scene from Roseanne. ABC En­ter­tain­ment chief Chan­ning Dungey noted that as the first sea­son went on, the fo­cus shifted from pol­i­tics to fam­ily. She said that di­rec­tion will con­tinue next sea­son.

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