President Trump Donald John TrumpKushner has called Bolton for the past year: report Jeb Bush hits Trump: I go home to children 'who actually love me' Sanders to visit Mississippi for anniversary of MLK assassination MORE is embracing comedian Roseanne Barr, who rebooted television show is a hit that is hailed by the media for its portrayal of a working-class family in the Trump era.
On Wednesday night, the president's phoned Barr ̵
In a Thursday interview on "Good Morning America," Barr described the president's phone call as a "sweet" gesture from an old friend and laughingly detailed
The "Roseanne" debut on ABC pulled in more than 18 million viewers, making it the most successful comedy launch in four years. The rebooted debut eclipsed viewership for the show's 1997 finale.
For Trump, the show presents a rare opportunity to become a piece of popular entertainment.
"Look at her ratings," Trump said Thursday during a speech in Ohio meant to promote his infrastructure plan. "They were unbelievable, over 18 million people and about us. … The fake news has not figured it out yet … and when they do, they'll become much less fake. It may happen, but it's happening. "
Conservatives have fumed at what they describe as an endless stream of hostility from Hollywood and the mainstream media.
But television critics have also noted the broader political and cultural implications of a show that centers on a blue-collar family from the Midwest.
An analysis by the trade industry publication Deadline found that "Roseanne" barely registered with viewers in New York City or Los Angeles, the nation's largest media markets. Tulsa, Cincinnati and Kansas City.
Trump's election victories in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan – the first in a generation for a Republican candidate – which propelled him into
"It's blew up," said Armstrong Williams, the largest owner of a minority group of television broadcasters in America.
"But he's embracing it because there are few media platforms out there that bring balance and respect to the people he appeals to. 'Roseanne' is a show that looks at politics and the economic struggles of average Americans through the eyes of someone who is transparent in their beliefs and is uncomplicated.
The first episode of the new show highlighted Barr's support for Trump, in which she thanked the Lord for "making America great again."
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"He talked about jobs, he said he'd shake things up," Barr says on the show. "I mean, this might come to a complete shock to you, but we are almost lost our house, the way things are going."
"Metcalf responds. "Because now things are worse."
"Barr's on the real news," Barr shoots back.
The comedian has defended Trump as part of the Jimmy Kimmel Live ! "Kimmel's show – which is on ABC – has exploded in popularity since he became a vocal critic of the President and Republican policies.
" I'm shocked because I know you are a very socially liberal person in general, "Kimmel said to Barr in an interview this week."
"I'm still the same. You all moved [too far to the left]"Barr responded.
A survey from the polling outlet Morning Consult – conducted shortly before the" Roseanne "debut – found that 59 percent of Republicans were more likely to watch the show because of Barr's support for Trump.
The "Roseanne" reboot what's trumpeted across conservative media, with the influential news aggregator Matt Drudge plastering the headline "Roseanne Boom stuns Hollywood, [
Conservative opinion writer John Podhoretz wrote "The Hollywood is now faced with indisputable evidence that there is a huge potential audience out there for programs that don 't actively insult 63 million trump voters. "
Still, not all conservatives were equally energized.
" Roseanne "is not expected to be a meditation on pro-Trump politics. Future episodes wants to look at the high costs of health care, gun ownership and other things.
The first episode.
The first episode
Ben Shapiro, the massively popular conservative writer and speaker, blasted the show in a series of tweets, saying it "recalls Trump voters as social leftists who just disagree about economics. "
" The whole premise of 'Roseanne' is this pro-abortion, pro-LGBT woman who is happy to watch her grandson wear girls' clothing voted Trump – because she's blue collar, "Shapiro writes . That is not an accurate depiction of trump voters. It's actually a Hollywood fantasy of what trump voters are: people who agree with Hollywood elites on values, but just disagree on economics because they're old white factory workers. "
And DePauw University's media professor Jeffrey McCaul expressed frustration with the president
"So Obama liked to weigh in on pop culture trends and fads," McCaul said. "Roseanne on the phone."