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The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) defied the heavyweights of the entertainment industry and rebooted the 1980s comedy, Roseanne, starring the oft times indelicate and un-politically correct, Roseanne Barr.
The domestic situation comedy, a staple on American airwaves, featured a working-class family, the Connors, of a generic exurb, Lanford, Illinois, struggling to raise children, keep marriage in perspective and survive their in-laws. And nothing much seemed altered for the reintroduction to America.
But in today’s climate, of seeking a Progressive’s utopia, populated by mouthy Snowflakes, safe spaces, no labels or genders, what were the corner office folks in Hollywood thinking?
Apparently, that it would be a smash hit.
Like a Wrecking Ball
Roseanne with the original cast, minus Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, premiered after a 21-year hiatus to massive audience numbers. An impressive, and record-breaking 18.4 million tuned in for the return and dominated the 18-49 demographic (5.1) according to TV By the Numbers. For a comprehensive breakdown for all the spreadsheet lovers out there, click here.
And all this fabulousness on the heels of Roseanne appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, flipping Kimmel the international sign of intense displeasure, and advising him to “zip it” when it came to haranguing the president. Yes, Ms. Barr, who is pro LGBTQ, and outspoken on a variety of social issues, has her flag planted in Trump’s camp. Which begs the question; is America so exhausted by the hypocritical mouthpieces and their minions on the left that they crave to once again, just be normal?
Let’s compare with another reboot; the over-the-top, highly marketed, NBC’s Will & Grace; a Trump and conservative bashing series that had Liberals all a-giggle across social media platforms. The program was considered wildly successful by critics in the 1990s as they explored single life in the big city with two of the main characters outwardly gay. It skipped around the issues that are now force fed to the public; transgenderism, alternative sexuality, and marriage equality. Political discussions were a rarity and no more than a quick jab at someone or issue.
The buzz for their comeback reached a fever pitch airing teasers that new show was focused on delivering derogatory punchlines at the president and the conservatives for their allotted 22 minutes on air. They premiered to an audience of 10 million with a pathetic 3.0 in the same age demographic. It was a clear message. Americans have had enough whining and game playing by the liberal left.
As George Soros, Planned Parenthood, and Democrats planned to hijack the airwaves with young, legal, and beautiful faces, replacing DACA as their mascot, little did they know that 48-hours later, a sixty-something comedian (who also ran for president in 2012) would eclipse their time in the limelight, by reigniting a show about the regular Jill and Joe. And Americans, once again, silently protested by tuning into and embracing a typical American family; struggling, living and loving in the Heartland. Putting the ‘real’, in reality television.
Trump Tuned In
President Trump watched the first two episodes and called Roseanne immediately after to congratulate her and the cast for a glimpse of family life and to discuss television ratings (He seems fine to have The Apprentice’s ratings obliterated). As she happily described the call to a network morning news program, she said, “I’ve known him for many years and he’s done a lot of nice things for me over the years.”
Perhaps America was drawn to the Roseanne reboot as she and the president have a lot in common; unapologetically outspoken, hard-working patriots who put America first, and who are addicted to expressing their immediate thoughts on Twitter.
What should be painfully obvious to our friends on the left is that constant tantrums, opinion-oriented and juvenile reporting, and the ‘in your face scare tactics’ have furthered the movement to take back the country from decades of misuse and abuse. As Roseanne recently admonished a late-night audience of Mrs. Clinton’s dejected fans, “It’s up to us, to do our jobs as citizens, to make this government work.”
Yeah, she voted for Trump to see that commitment through.