The “limited-run” “Roseanne” reboot scored such a ratings bonanza in its debut, ABC is reportedly already planning to renew it for a second season.
Only in Hollywood could the idea that a show might be successful by not relentlessly insulting half the audience actually come as a shock. But it remains to be seen whether the ratings will hold up. “Roseanne” gives a voice to more conservative characters, but other aspects of the show, such as a “gender fluid” grandson who insists on wearing a dress to school, are typical of other modern TV shows that proselytize for the latest trendy liberal causes. I have a feeling that continuing ratings for the show will be determined by how the conservative side is presented: will it be respectfully shown as a legitimate viewpoint or given the typical TV treatment as outmoded prejudice that the characters must “get over” as they “learn and grow” to embrace the leftist view (the same way liberals define the word “evolving” to describe judges who move further and further left)?
If “Roseanne” does veer left and go off the rails, at least it’s given hope for a revival of another sitcom that really did give the conservative view a fair shake: Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.” ABC canceled the series even though it was still a ratings hit, supposedly for budgetary reasons. But the stunning news to Hollywood that 63 million Americans would rather watch TV shows that entertain them than insult them has reportedly prompted Fox to consider rebooting “Last Man Standing.”
While you're waiting and hoping for new episodes to appear, the cable channel WGN America announced that it’s snapped up rights to “Last Man Standing” reruns and will begin airing the series every day, starting May 2. Anyone want to bet that “LMS” reruns will draw higher ratings than the new show Comedy Central just announced, in which Kathy “Bloody Severed Head of President Trump” Griffin will play a vicious parody of Kellyanne Conway?
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