More than 20 years after the nine-season run on ABC, the working-class family Conner returned to ABC with a series of political theme series that also set the stage for the nine-episode revival.  Showrunner Bruce Helford, who performed a seasoned series with Roseanne Barr as a married and tormented mother of three, recounted The Hollywood Reporter that the series quickly and deliberately backed the star's support for President Trump World has made the desire to discuss the political division of the country. Helford says he immediately addressed the elephant in the room to pave the way for politics to cause major problems within the show's central family.
Below, Helford talks to THR about how emotional the season is, why he hopes viewers will bring the series to ABC on the basis of their experience (and not what they read) and his desire to bring the gang to ABC as an annual event. to judge.
When did you get the call to come back?
I left New York after doing CBS Kevin Can Wait and came back to LA when I was called by Tom Werner and asked if I would be interested in Roseanne again. We talked about it and then I met Rosie. We spent hours talking about the old days and what we both wanted to do.
What were some of the topics that came up in this conversation?
She wanted to deal with health care in America. She had a knee problem ̵
How did you manage to balance the show so that Barr's political stance was not everything?
I'm really happy with the balance on the show. Roseanne said that [the revival] "can not be my bully pulpit, it has to be everyone." [Meaning that] Darlene and Jackie would certainly agree with Roseanne in many ways as well.
Is this the origin of the first episode when you enter Barr's personal politics?
Yes. We thought Roseanne, Jackie and Darlene would not vote for the same person. So for a year and a half, when they started the show, they stopped talking because they were fighting. It all comes back up when Darlene comes home and brings Jackie over. This was our way of discussing the political divide that is a tough territory – but there are many houses in America that are going through this.
Was against Trump and had the central role of the show made it an easy decision for him?
Yes. I love the debate. The world has become very politically correct. Some things forever, some not for me. As a writer, I will never be too politically correct because I want to get the conversation going. We knew we would challenge ourselves. We're dealing with things that would not be close to most comedies, but we have a legacy to be that show and I think we're allowed.
This dialogue is a big part of why the show is back. ABC Entertainment chairman Channing Dungey said last year that many networks are not doing good work to appeal to the working class / Trumps America –
That's one of the reasons. There are a few exceptions – like Showtime's Shameless and SMILF . But when it comes to how the working class is portrayed on television, [a lot of shows have]in general, people made fun of it. I grew up in a working-class family from Chicago, and my people sent me on the phone to tell people from the electricity company that we should not turn off our electricity because I'm in the dark. There really was no one to address that. Now, with the huge turnout for Trump with people who were disenfranchised … I do not think these people have voted for 20 years. And now, in retrospect, I think many people are upset about their decision. But like the Conners you choose with your wallet, you are in favor of jobs and if you can not feed your family, you will vote that way.
What is reflected in the premiere when Roseanne says something like: "He said he would bring jobs, what should I do?" Is the character ashamed to vote for Trump?
No, but there are things she does that you'll see while the show continues on all episodes. There are many things she wants and believes in, things he definitely does not want or believe. Roseanne Conner is a little less educated than Roseanne Barr, so [the character looks at] more Bread and Butter Themes: Family, Healthcare, etc.
What do you say to the spectators who were dismissed from the premiere by the Trump story ?
You have to tell the show about three episodes to see what it really is. The first episode is definitely not just pro-trump. We had a lot to do. Give it two or three episodes. I think everyone will find something that he loves and believes in – and that he will laugh because it is the funniest cast on TV. Let the show speak for itself. Do not just go with what you hear;
Was it intended to address Barr's views on Trump in this first episode?
It was intended to start something that people wanted to hear. People would be fascinated. Certain people are turned off, but you can not help. No matter what you do, a certain percentage of people will sign out and that's exactly how it is. But I think people will be fascinated to see where that goes. When they come through the body of the show, it will be a truly enriching experience and hopefully cause people to talk again.
And that was something Barr really wanted.
Roseanne does not want people to hate each other; She is really tall in it. She has become softer. She is a grandmother and in a good relationship and is more about peace and love and that comes through. The amazing thing about this season is that it's very emotional. It's the most emotional season of this show we've ever done.
Will there be more Trump stories outside the first episode?
There are some, but politics does not dominate [the season]. They trigger larger family matters.
The second episode deals with bullying, with Dan struggling with the possibility that his grandchild is gay. What makes the rest of the season so emotional?
Becky is single and she is in her forties and her husband died and she does not let it go. Darlene goes through a lot because she has children and is very guilty that her relationship did not work. She is a single mother and that's why they have to fight a bit. Johnny Galecki comes back as David for an episode and we do that. This is a very emotional episode. Darlene and David have been separated for six years and he only saw the children a few times when they lived in Chicago. Darlene has lost her job and is fighting and David is back in this mix, raising a lot of emotional problems for everyone. Dan is older and as a construction worker it is harder for him to work and that brings with it many challenges. It is a big problem in the Midwest, with many illegals getting work and being exploited and getting nothing for work. And Roseanne and Jackie's mother Beverly (Estelle Parsons) returns after having some big problems with Jackie and some big events that hit her again this season. Estelle – which is 90 – is fantastic.
Is there anything you could not do in these nine episodes that you hope to explore if you get a call for another season?  We had no chance to explore DJ's relationship as we wanted. His wife is stationed in the military and stationed in Afghanistan and he was released from service. He has many feelings about it and has to raise his child alone. Darlenes and Becky's personal relationships have much to explore and explore. And there is a lot going on with Jackie and her mother. We did not even scratch the surface. This show never had a lack of stories because people were so real. We go through the writers' room and talk about the best and worst things that ever happened to everyone. We have all these stories to tell.
ABC has finally won the Netflix revival. Why was it important for you and the team to get the program aired again?
[Disney CEO] Bob Iger would not allow that. We wanted it to be where it started, not Netflix. That would have been wonderful, but it would have been packed and gone. And that will be in the course of eight weeks. It meant a lot to us and made it a bigger event.
And ABC reaches a wider audience that may not have Netflix …
It's about a loyalty to our home network. ABC let us get through much more than they would allow their other shows now because we were in the grandfathering.
Was there anything specific that surprised you that the network let you out?
There was a lot of stuff! Laughs. ] They were nervous, but supported all the way. The Standards and Practices people pulled their hair out of the way. But they would also suggest things. But we never had to get rid of something we loved, and that was important.
If you are successful, do you want to do Season 11?
We would like.
Will the season finale close the closure if this is indeed the end?
Nothing is neatly packaged, but it's a satisfying ending to the nine episodes.
If you get another season, is the plan to keep it short or could you imagine doing it again 22 episodes?
I do not know if we'll ever go into a 22 episode season. That is a lot. John and Laurie have film careers. Everyone has things that they do, so it could be hard to get 22 episodes. But I would like to do another 10 or 12 on an annual basis.
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