David Buchan Variety REX ShutterstockThe cast from ABC"Roseanne" TV show on the TCA Winter Press Tour Jan. 8 2018 in Los Angeles
09 January, 2018, 07:29
"When you have a show that's so naturalistic, you have to do deal with that", says Helford. "We have a beloved place in the hearts of American viewers and wanted to do something that would heal things and put all the cards on the table".
"I do love Oprah".
"I love Oprah, like everybody else", she said. But you know what?
Regarding the 2016 election result, Barr said, "I think it was time for us, as a country, to shake things up and try something different". What about Susan Sarandon for president?, another reporter asked. "Roseanne is a writer, and I think that's what I always wanted to do". She said "hatriotrism." With that, the panel was over.
The series will acknowledge the tragic death of cast member Glenn Quinn, who played the older brother of Johnny Galecki's David, several times over the course of the nine-episode run.
Co-star Sara Gilbert, an executive producer and also the driving force behind the revival, called the debate on the show "a great opportunity to have a family that can be divided by politics and still be united by love;" and Michael Fishman, who was a child actor while playing DJ on the original series and is now a father himself, defended growing up on the set, saying it taught him to be "open-minded".
"As people know, this is a show about female empowerment and people speaking their minds", says executive producer Tom Werner.
The irony of this is that the new Roseanne - absent the star's political leanings - is a genuinely amusing, thoughtful take on how white Americans who disagree strongly over the president and his views on essentially anyone who's not a white American can find a way to talk about these issues without killing each other. "There are a lot of things he's said and done that I don't agree with", she said. "What a great thing to bring into this country right now". "We had a lot of discussions in the very beginning about all of our beliefs", he said.
Barr is excited about returning after so many years. "But I didn't want it to overshadow the show, so I'm taking a little bit of a break". The outspoken comedian and actress confessed that she's much more mellow now, at age 65, than she was when the show originally ran when she was in her 40s. But, she's not the only one. "Well, that's your opinion", Barr shot back, before clarifying further. He says a lot of insane s-t. "I'm not a Trump apologist".
"I thought it was a clever way to do it and get it out of the way", Goodman says.
"It's always a lesser of two evils", Barr continued, added that one reason she "could not vote for Hillary Clinton is because of Haiti".