The hit '90s sitcom "Roseanne" is returning to the screen this March after 20 years – and its new season won't shy away from politics. The show's creator and star, Roseanne Barr, said Tuesday that just like her, the title character is a Trump voter.
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Ive always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working-class people, Barr said at a TCA panel, and in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt that yeah, that was very real.
Barr also declared that she thinks she would be a better president than Trump – as well as Oprah Winfrey, who fueled rumors of a 2020 run in an inspirational speech at the Golden Globes.
I think I would be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, and possibly even President Trump," she said, noting that she was the 2012 presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom party.
"Roseanne," which first aired in 1988, was one of the only shows to deal with lives of blue collar Americans, presenting a family that cracked the picture-perfect norm then prevalent in family shows. It also broke ground by broaching social issues like the abuse of the working class, violence against women and alcoholism. Barr portrayed the matriarch who did the housework while also working outside the house, in a plot that was considered feminist at the time. In the first season she worked at a plastic factory, and later skipped between minimum-wage jobs.
Barr has stressed that while the new season will be political, it will also focus on the everyday lives of the characters. Aside from Barr, actors Laurie Metcalf, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Chalke and Michael Fishman are also returning to the show. Despite the fact that Roseanne's TV husband, Dan Connor, died of a heart attack in the show's last season, John Goodman, who played the character, will nevertheless reprise the role in the new season. In a clip that was played during Monday's panel, Barr reveals that his death was a dream.
Barr never hid her resentment for Matt Williams, who received credit as the show's creator even though he primarily developed the pilot based on Barr's standup comedy act and was fired after 13 episodes. Barr has demanded and received exclusive credit for the new season.
"Being 65, I dont have any time for bullshit," she told EW. "So Im not going to go through anybodys personal issues with them that take precedence over the show.
I dont want to fight no more. I dont have nothing to prove, she added. I already proved it so I just want to be fun and a smooth ride."