Actress Roseanne Barr confirms that her lead character will be a Donald Trump supporter in ABC's TV revival of Roseanne.
It has been some 20 years since Roseanne left our screens with a controversial final season, and while ABC will retcon the likes of Dan Conners' death, it sounds like that won't be the only change. While Barr herself has been relatively open about her allegiance to Trump on social media, politics have now found a place in season 10 of Roseanne.
The show's long-awaited return is set for March this year, and while at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Barr revealed that her fictional character voted Trump too:
“I’ve always tried to have [the show] be a true reflection of the society we live in. Half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t. It’s just realistic. I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American working-class people and, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed. Especially about polarization within the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American.”
Executive producer Bruce Helford went on to say that John Goodman's Dan didn't necessarily vote Trump (he probably didn't vote at all), while Laurie Metcalf's Jackie was pro-Hillary to give a fair representation of American politics across the board. Sara Gilbert will once again reprise her role as Darlene, and said that Roseanne's political choices also offer up and interesting dynamic within the family:
“It was a great opportunity to have a family that can be divided by politics, but still is filled with love. And what a great thing to bring into this country right now."
Interestingly, with the cancelation of Last Man Standing (also on ABC), could Roseanne's latest move be a shrewd move to appease angry Republican fans who saw the show's axing as a political move?
The 65-year-old reminded fans that Roseanne's original run focused on the working-class through storylines like the Conner family's lottery win, so she is likely trying to explore the assumption that only the affluent voted Trump into the White House. Given that the current political climate is so controversial in America at the moment, you can see why shows like Last Man Standing, American Horror Story, and Roseanne would all cash in on the issue.
Barr's decision to declare Roseanne as a Trump supporter is already causing waves on social media, but could it really affect the revival? Either way, the actress would like to reiterate that she is not a "Trump apologist" and doesn't agree with everything the POTUS has done. At the end of the day, die-hard Roseanne fans can't wait to see the show back and probably won't let something like politics get in the way of a warm dose of '90s nostalgia when Roseanne returns.
Roseanne will premiere in March 2018.
Source: Television Critics Association