Roseanne Barr might be a Donald Trump supporter in real life, but that doesn’t mean the upcoming Roseanne reboot will be too political. Yes, there will be a “Hillary Clinton slam” in the premiere, Roseanne says, but Sara Gilbert wants fans to know it won’t be too heavy when it comes to politics.
“People think this show is more political than it is,” Sara shared with The Hollywood Reporter during a recent roundtable with the show-runners and other members of the cast. “It’s more about how a family deals with a disagreement like that.”
Roseanne’s fictional character will also support the current POTUS like she does in real life, and when Roseanne Barr was asked if she considered having Roseanne Conner vote for anyone else in the show, she replied, “I wanted to do it this way. It’s the conversation everybody is having. Families are not speaking to each other. People are still shocked and upset about it. It’s the state of our country.”
And even if Hillary won, John Goodman still thinks the show would be super interesting. “Yeah, because the family is still sunk no matter who gets in [the White House],” he said. Co-showrunner Bruce Helford added, “It might have been different arguments, but it would be the same heat.”
Speaking of arguments, Roseanne made sure the “slams” were “evenhanded” on the reboot. “I thought everybody was pretty liberal, so I was keepin’ an eye on it, making sure that it was evenhanded. But the day we went to shoot [the pilot], I got with the writers, and I’m like, ‘You guys have to have a Hillary slam.’ ‘Cause they were all Trump slams,” she said.
Sara replied, “Although we never say anybody’s name,” to which Roseanne said, “But we do say, ‘How could you vote for him?'” Helford quipped, “And we say pantsuit.” But Roseanne was OK with that. “That’s the line you gave me, and it was a great Hillary slam. I wanted to represent the country and how divided we are,” she said.
The sitcom will also touch on many real-life issues, such as the opioid crisis, healthcare, immigration, and more. “We wanted to make sure that all sides were represented in the show, which seems to be taboo today,” Helford shared.
Another co-showrunner, Whitney Cummings, also commented on the sensitive topics they’ll address. “Another taboo we addressed was the opioid crisis, which is this thing we’re seeing in the news, but it’s not being tackled on [scripted] TV, certainly not network TV. But what I’ve always loved about Roseanne is the show’s ability to have these incredible dramatic moments in a multicamera sitcom with an audience sitting there, not laughing ’cause an incredibly dramatic moment is playing out, whether it was when DJ wouldn’t kiss the black girl at the school play or Jackie’s domestic abuse. We thought maybe this could be one of those episodes.”
The upcoming revival seems like it’s going to be super funny and relatable — and we can’t wait to watch on March 27!