"Roseanne" returns

March 29, 2018

The success of the return of “Roseanne” has reportedly stunned Hollywood and prompted TV network executives to do some “soul-searching” (or as some wags put it, to start searching for a soul.) With no lead-in, the debut drew a massive audience of over 18 million viewers, 10% higher than the series finale in 1997. Viewership actually rose as the show went on. But there’s even more narrative-smashing that has the networks reeling. Despite the leads being in their 60s and the original show being off the air for over 20 years, the show pulled huge numbers of young people who were kids or not even born when the original series aired.

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Ordinarily, such good news would have the network suits popping champagne corks, not navel-gazing. But the reason for Hollywood's discombobulation is the shocking discovery that if they air a show that doesn’t harangue, insult and demean the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump – that doesn’t assume as an article of faith that everyone is simply devastated that Hillary Clinton didn’t get elected, and that her rightful ascension was blocked by a vast conspiracy of racists, sexists, homophobes, Islamophobes, xenophobes, inbred hillbillies, Russians and demure wives voting the way their husband told them to – that maybe people would actually watch that show, instead of fleeing by the millions, the way they have from the Oscars or late night “comedy” shows. Now the Hollywood powers are torn between their two most strongly-held principles: promoting socialism or making a big pile of money.


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The “Roseanne” reboot showed that the Conners, a struggling, lower middle-class family from Illinois, voted for Trump because he talked about bringing back jobs after they nearly lost their home during the stagnant Obama years, and because their son and daughter-in-law were in the military, and because they thought Hillary was a “liar, liar, pants suit on fire,” as Roseanne put it. In real life, Roseanne Barr is no conservative, but she reflects the type of blue collar Democrats that the Democratic Party has abandoned and maligned. She also knows Trump and says he’s done a lot of nice things for her over the years; he even called to congratulate her on the new show’s success.

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You can tell from the reviews how stunned entertainment writers were to discover that there might actually be non-subhuman beings on the planet who disagree with their politics for legitimate reasons. Even those who wrote good reviews felt it necessary to include disclaimers warning readers about some “uncomfortable” political lines (i.e., lines that actually made fun of Hillary and defended Trump, instead of the one-sided way things are supposed to be, inside their cast iron bubble.) But audiences were obviously starved for any show that accorded Middle American viewers even the slightest respect.

To be accurate, the show wasn’t really a defense of Trump at all. Roseanne’s sister Jackie provided the conflict by being an ardent Hillary supporter who ranted disparagingly against Trump. While Roseanne defended her vote by saying that Trump talked about bringing back jobs, there was no hint that he’d kept any of his promises. There was no mention of record low unemployment, a surge in new jobs, companies returning to the US and expanding, the tax cut and widespread bonuses, or the news that the latest quarterly growth number has been revised upward to 2.9%, close to the 3% that “experts” under Obama claimed was impossible (to be fair, under him, it was.) This morning, it was reported that jobless claims have dropped to their lowest level since 1973.

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In the Conners’ world, everyone is still unemployed or underemployed and 50 people show up to apply for one menial job opening. Granted, there are still some areas struggling, but many employers are having a tough time finding people to fill all the openings. I guess that admitting that Trump is keeping some of his promises to blue collar workers would have been too much of a shock to Hollywood's sensibilities. The TV networks would have a tough time filling all their own job openings after all their liberal employees had brain embolisms. We have to be grateful just for baby steps.


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The new “Roseanne” hardly depicts a one-sided conservative view. It’s filled with hot button liberal issues, from health care to biracial families to a grandson who’s “gender fluid.” But at least, characters with a more conservative view have a voice in the ongoing debate and are allowed to sound reasonable, which in itself is a major breakthrough – and maybe a necessary step in finally getting past the insulting and divisive stereotypes currently being pushed by the media and finally reaching some reconcilation.

If nothing else, you knew it wasn’t the typical network fare when Roseanne finally forgave her sister for voting for Hillary by telling her that she understands that she wants free government health care for everyone because she’s a nice person with a good heart “who can’t do simple math.” There hasn't been a line like that on ABC since they canceled Tim Allen's show -- for purely non-political reasons, of course.

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First, the “Roseanne” reboot; now Hollywood liberals are bracing for what might be their next blast of cognitive dissonance, if the upcoming movie “Chappaquiddick” is a box office smash. The story of how Senator and Presidential frontrunner Ted Kennedy derailed his career by driving a car off a bridge and leaving campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne to slowly suffocate and drown in a sinking car while he waited for hours to notify the authorities is finally coming to the big screen.


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The stage-managed response that helped a Kennedy evade justice that would have been visited on anyone else less powerful and connected – and his subsequent depiction by Democrats as “the lion of the Senate” while they disgustingly described Chappaquiddick as a “Kennedy tragedy” – is one of America's worst examples of unequal justice. It’s cried out for a film treatment for years; but thanks to the liberal bent of Hollywood, nobody would touch it for fear it would be career suicide.

It might still be, despite the excellent performances in the film, particularly Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy. But nothing inoculates you in Hollywood like having a hit. The presence of such well-known names as Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan and Ed Helms also suggests that maybe the media shield protecting the Kennedys has worn thin enough for truth finally to penetrate.

If so, as usual, CNN will be the last to know. The network sent out a tweet about the film, describing it as the story of “one of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s darkest hours.” Aw, poor Ted! Maybe they're referring to the cover of darkness under which he fled the scene of the accident while Mary Jo died a slow, agonizing death. It shows that the media are so conditioned to think a certain way that the horrible bias and irony of their own words didn’t even occur to them. Luckily, we now have Twitter, so the public could point it out in no uncertain terms.

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  • Sandra Ruml

    04/08/2018 04:29 PM

    I was shocked when Rosann made the first joke about Hiliary I couldnt believe she actually said that, as the show progressed I actually laughed out loud. It was funny, topics were current and it was handled in an adult common sense way. The one where she tried to push her mouthy disrespecting granddaughter in the sink, hit home. I raised 5 kids, have 10 grandkids and will not tolerate disrespect. I have had to bite my tongue when somethings have been said to my daughter but when Rosann pushed her into that sick I was yelling YES. Kids need boundries and to be taught repect at home. Most all of our nations problems are due to lack of respect that need to be started at HOME. Also, one of the best movies I have ever seen I Can Only Imagine was just out, 3 very great Christian movies are at the top of the box office the last few weeks. Paul Apostle of Christ was amazing and now Gods Not Dead 3 is due out. WE THE PEOPLE have the power to pull the plug on Hollywood, STOP watching late night TV, going to R rated movies with violence and sex, STOP spending our money to promote their lifestyle. WE need to stand up to them and put our money on what we want to see. Its getting so you can only watch shows like Americas Got Talent or the Voice without getting liberal crap shoved down your throat. I used to watch Will and Grace and liked the show so of course I started to watch the new one and I was so discusted after 2 shows I quit. I dont mind watching a show with Gay people in it, I have nothing against gay people because that is between them and God, I have no right to judge. I have gay friends and I feel for them and the biased opinions of some. BUT this show was so over the top, every sentence had to include a remark about gay lifestyle, there wasnt one scene that was a normal conversation between friends. I know others felt the same way. Come on Hollywood, you cant shove your ideals down my South Dakota throat. Its time for us to stand up and watch decent shows, bring back the old Weterns. There is nothing good anymore. The late night hosts have to constantly bring up politics, and use crude humor about our President. I am not happy with him in a lot of ways, BUT he is our president and I was raised to respect that office no matter who. I tried to give Obama a chance but I couldnt keep it up. I hoped he was going to be good for the country. I hoped he could make changes, I wanted him to be the first black president, BUT when I realized he couldnt be trusted is when I changed and didnt vote for him. I could of cared less if he was purple or black, color had nothing to do with it, it was totally him. But every talk show has to push their own agenda, there will never be another Johnny Carson, but there is nothing funny anymore. No Entertainment, when I want to watch tv at night, I want to be entertainded and not treated to rehashed fake news. Its so old. Im just glad Rosann is back and I hope her show continues to show the common sense side of family life, the hard work it takes to keep a family afloat. I hope it doesnt get taken off like Tim Allen. I dont want her show to be over the top political and I think she is smart enough to keep it a family show and throw in her zingers when she can. Pleae keep up your good work, I pray for this country every day and for our President and congress. The Holy Spirit has to start getting through to some of our congress one of these days. God Bless you. (sorry for the ramble, I just get started and write like I talk, ha.)

  • david g dwinell

    04/04/2018 04:20 PM

    when will we see the Movie, Bill and Hillary Foundation arranges the sale of US Uranium to Russians. The movie about FBI people asleep at the help line, when notice of the FL nut case comes over the wire. A tanatalizing movie about the DC Swamp incompetency... anything??

  • Kathleen Noonan Alio

    03/30/2018 10:10 PM

    Dear Governor.... I have never read a more comprehensive, honest or intelligent account of why Trump is President and Hollywood is grossly out of touch............ excellent article...... all of the inside jokes in the world won't resonate with Hollywood outsiders........ period........ couldn't agree with you more...... BTW..... your daughter is a Peach..... chip off the ole block!!!! God Bless from Kathleen...... (a hurting Californian)

  • Terry McDermott

    03/30/2018 07:30 PM

    Dear Mike, I thoroughly enjoyed this piece, although I didn't watch the show because I frankly expected it to be a pile of liberal donkey dung! It's good to know that there is actually a hit show that gives a voice to all of us. Thank you Mr. Huckabee ?? P.S. Also...thanks for raising a well rounded daughter, with a good head on her shoulders, that thinks fast on her feet. I just love her and I look forward to press briefings like never before, lol. Give 'em hell Sara!

  • Dolores Tatton

    03/30/2018 02:15 PM

    Still no fan of this show. It encourages a young grandchild to wear skirts or dress like girl. This is not the typical middle American family. It is a progressive, liberal group. Not a program I intend to watch. Don't let the left fool you.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/30/2018 12:14 PM

    Now for more conservative value TV shows OK? Expand programming or lose ratings.
    Move beyond TBN to others??
    Oh yes all those Behind the cameras are Pro Trump.
    For TV & movies.

  • Mary Hintermeister

    03/30/2018 08:56 AM

    You are right on, Mr. Huckabee, and it's time Hollywood woke up to the fact that conservatives are tired of them painting the world with rainbows and kittens while it actually falls apart around them, only to question: what happened? Or in the words of a famous television character from days past..."did I do that?" I just don't get their one-mindedness and refusal to see ANY opposition to their viewpoint. Roseanne was a refreshing change...and didn't disappoint!!!! Thank you for all you and your wonderful daughter do!!

  • Shari joy

    03/29/2018 08:48 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for everything you do. God bless you, Sarah, and your family’s.
    I wish there was a conservative channel that would show these programs. I still have such a bad taste in my mouth for the left that I can’t bring myself to support their media outlets even if my favorite show is on such networks. Why haven’t wealthy conservatives out together a good media channel, and internet equivalents to Facebook, google and the likes????

  • Mike Grayson

    03/29/2018 08:07 PM

    I'm not going to hold my breath. They have a whole season to turn it into a blunt weapon with which to bludgeon conservatives - and a whole staff of liberal writers. But a little sunshine is better than none.