Whitney Cummings‘ love of the original Roseanne — and adoration of its titular star Roseanne Barr — made serving as one of the ABC revival’s chief creative architects a very attractive proposition. But it was Donald Trump that cinched the deal.
“I was looking for a way to be of service after the election, and I didn’t know how,” the actress-comedian explains to me in the latest installment of The TVLine Podcast. “So I thought, ‘Maybe [working] on a show where the lead character voted for Trump is how I can get into the living rooms of the people who did vote for him.'”
Roseanne‘s nine-episode return is not all about our incendiary POTUS, although (as you might’ve heard!) the title character’s support of 45 is the focus of tonight’s premiere (which bows at 8/7c and is immediately followed by a second, Trump-free installment). And, yes, Cummings and I do discuss/debate the polarizing plot point. But I came into this podcast Q&A with a scoop agenda, so you best believe I coaxed out of Cummings exclusive intel on Johnny Galecki’s hush-hush return as David, the sure-to-be-controversial “Muslim neighbor” episode, and the latest on a possible second revival season.
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