ABC's "Roseanne" may have found rare basic cable success by taking the occasional pro-President Trump or politically incorrect stance, but the show's 2018-2019 season won't be quite as controversial, thanks to the network's higher-ups.
According to Fox News, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey has demanded the show "dial back" it's political humor, ostensibly to give the show wider appeal, even though the show has done very well among television viewers.
“I think that they’re going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family,” Dungey told media in a conference call. ABC would prefer, the executive said, to be “as diverse and as inclusive as possible … across all metrics.”
“I think that one of the things that was fresh for us with ‘Roseanne’ on the air is that it is focusing (on) a family that is in a different economic status than some of the other family comedies that are on the air,” he added.
Dungey apparently doesn't believe "diversity" includes a diversity of political opinion (even though the show's star, Roseanne Barr, has espoused her own diversity of political opinion, supporting everyone from avowed socialists to the current President).
Conservative commentators were shocked by the revelation. Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report called the move, "corporate cannibals stripping Roseanne of her fun.”
Dungey's statement also seems to fly in the face of the ABC corporate strategy that birthed the "Roseanne" reboot: a strategy to create more basic cable television for people in the "heartland," rather than just for woke leftists that populate the coasts and green-light the projects. ABC told Fox News they don't plan on ditching that strategy, but it certainly seems they may be trying to "dial back" on their own.