ABC Fall Lineup 2018 TV Schedule and New Shows Lineup Announced!

Angelo Anderson
May 15, 2018

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey on Tuesday said that the network's revival of "Roseanne" may stay away from politics in its second season.

The revival of the hit '90s sitcom debuted this year with an intense focus on a family whose members differ widely in politics.

On the other hand, some have criticized the show for its representation of star and creator Roseanne Barr's political beliefs, most notably in a recent episode that dealt with Islamaphobia. An analysis by the entertainment news site Deadline found that the show registered most with viewers in the Heartland, rather than in the urban areas, like NY and Los Angeles.

Dungey also responded to a polarizing joke made on the show back in April in which Barr and John Goodman's characters fell asleep on the couch and the latter said they "missed all the show about black and Asian families".

And like almost every other network chief, she opted not to wax on too emphatically about its impact on her new series orders. Many took the joke as a jab at fellow ABC comedies "Black-ish" and "Fresh Off the Boat". "Ultimately", she said, "we were less confident about the [show's] creative path forward than we were our other shows".

Finally, she said that "Roseanne" and its ratings success had little effect on ABC's plans for the fall, as the show premiered after the broadcaster had ordered all of their pilots.

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