‘Roseanne’ Is Here To Stay: ABC Already Orders Season 2 Of Pro-Trump Reboot
In the wake of the “Roseanne” reboot’s massive opening ratings — over 18 million tuned in on Tuesday night — ABC has already announced a second season for the pro-Trump sitcom.
ABC officially announced the renewal of the the show’s 11th season (based off the original airing of “Roseanne” in the 1990s) on Friday.
“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the ‘Roseanne’ team has in store for next year,” said ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey in a statement.
The move is early but expected. The politically-charged sitcom scored a 5.1 rating and was the best Tuesday night premiere since 2006 for the network. Additionally, as noted by CNN Money, “With one day of DVR and video-on-demand viewing counted, the new total for the premiere is 21.9 million viewers.”
President Donald Trump reportedly called star Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the phenomenal ratings and bragged about the show’s success to an Ohio rally crowd on Wednesday.
“Look at Roseanne, look at her ratings,” said Trump. “They were unbelievable. Over 18 million people! And it was about us! … The fake news hasn’t figured it out yet,” he added, “and when they do, they’ll become much less fake. It may take a while, but it’s happening.”
As noted by Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro on Friday, the success of “Roseanne” with red state Americans is clear: a desire to be treated “as human beings rather than stereotypes.”
Not an extravagant order by any means.
“That’s what the Hollywood Left — and Hillary Clinton — have never understood,” explained Shapiro. “It’s not that the Right wants their approval. It’s that the Right doesn’t want to be characterized as benighted and evil. Roseanne and Trump were both cultural figures who aren’t buying into that characterization. And they’re winning because of it.”
Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood recognized this much. “People gather round and they see themselves in this family,” he told The New York Times. “It speaks to a large number of people in the country who don’t see themselves on television very often.”
And as far as the attention President Trump is giving to the show, an ABC source told CNN, the “more attention,” the better.