Listen: ABC's ‘The Conners’ Premiered Without Roseanne. How Did It Go?
"Why this surprised me because I mean there have been some good reviews. But Neil Justin in the Star Tribune who covers the TV in media. Here's what he wrote the Connors is even better without disgraced Roseanne. Wow. ABC sitcom is heartbreaking. But also hilarious. I was surprised. Yeah. Here's what he wrote ABC game. Critics look at two episodes of the new series, but only on the condition. That they not reveal how Roseanne CONNER is no longer in the picture fine. What can be said is that the explanation seems completely natural as if the writers new last year that the character might disappear it's heartbreaking, but also hilarious. He goes on to write laughing inappropriately is what mom taught us to do says older daughter Becky in Tuesday's premier. The overshadowed cast mates Neil rights overshadowed, sometimes by Roseanne finally gets to do more than bicker. Especially the sisters. And she said that Laura he said rather Laurie Metcalf as Jackie has a scene in which Jackie edges toward like a breaking point while rearranging the kitchen and Neil says that that scene alone could earn her a fourth EMMY suites. Yeah. He writes bars contributions can't be brushed under the couch her brand of dark humor along with her insistence in Americans struggling to pay the bills should command center stage remained vital the series. The disgrace star may not be in a position to unleash one of her signature cackles, but viewers have every reason to roar. Roar and breathe a sigh of relief. So that's what Neil rights today. Four stars. I was it's interesting that Neil wrote this because last night, I wrote I think it was Vanity Fair. Esquire got together with some former writers of Roseanne from the original run and some talked. Under the condition of being anonymous and said, it was fifty fifty some said that the show they wished the show the best. And there were there were two from the original run that said, look, no matter how disgraced no matter how much you don't like her personally. It's very hard to replace a lead of a show. And you have to have this one writer was like here's the deal. It takes a certain this is almost verbatim. It takes a certain personality type to lead lead sitcom Roseanne had it and it's hard to fill that void. With an ensemble. And the writer said, I don't know if it's a he or she. But the writer said they love John John Goodman, love Laurie Metcalf and love Sara Gilbert, they said, but none of them have that X factor that can lead a show Louis Metcalf. Could do it you do. Yeah. And I feel like this back in the day Roseanne did. But not now when this rebuild came back. I thought are acting was awful me to see eye gla-. I said the same thing I thought I remember our review after the premiere of the reboot I thought Roseanne's timing which she was known for her her timing was always very natural. I think we went back that day that we talked about it on this show. I went back, and I watched two of her routines on Carson and her delivery in the standard was like she was telling us a story her her acting in the premiere last year was very stilted. It was like she was reading. It was very Rattatte her reading of the lines. It seemed like lines. I think she felt uncomfortable. Doing this whole reboot. I listened to. She was a guest on the Joe Rogan podcast. Oh, you listen to that. I listened to the whole thing. Yes. She kind of mentioned in that that you know, in terms of the in the writer's room. She wanted to have a different voice be represented. She's like, yes, you can have all of the Trump jokes all you want. But at the same time there needs to be some balance here. So she would fight for. Digs on her character voted for Trump. And so she said I want to have some kind of balance here because our people would have voted for him. Back in the Connors we represent. Yes. That's what we would have represented, or at least let's have some some play back and forth. And she said that she it was not very receptive in the writer's room. So for sure I think that that first season it was already feeling uncomfortable. And when that tweet came out, it just was okay. Let's just this is this is our time to go. I do we have to give some credit for two Roseanne for giving up her financial. Gay from an stake in the show to be able to have the character. Either the actors and everyone behind the scene continue their job that was very giving of her. Absolutely. Because if you got no reason, everybody should know the ins and outs of TV Roseanne owned, you know, owned part if not all of the rights to the key. Well, it's her. Yeah. To the rights to that character. So in order to move forward ABC demanded that Roseanne have no interest whatsoever. And I guess it's very apparent her. Name is nowhere in the credits. And you will notice if eagle-eyed viewers pay close attention to the pictures in the Connor living room. There are no pictures of Roseanne anywhere like her. They they don't even have the rights, nor do I think they wanted to use her likeness in any way, which I find fascinating. More of her side after that interview too. Watching it tonight. And that's why I'm curious to see how they do this. And where they're going to go with it. I'm sure it's gonna be really funny, but it is heartbreaking on so many levels. Yeah. What what do you feel? We don't have a lot of time. But but I didn't get to listen to this. Yeah. What is there something specifically that turned your dial a little bit to see her side a little bit more? Absolutely. Yeah. I mean, she felt she's feels very misunderstood that. You know, she she didn't mean her tweet in that way. And also that this swiftness. I mean, I remember when this happened. We were all like, yeah. Okay. That's what you get. But at the same time, I two of her tweets it was this tweet. And there was another tweet like many years ago that was kind of brought to light in the controversy of the the, you know, the current the recent tweet they got fired, but you just who the swiftness of that. And that they're just moving forward. There is some. Kind of sadness there when she was talking about it that she wishes the show. Success, but you could tell she doesn't want to be a part of it. And it's just. I I'm confused though, you you you said you started to see her side. Yeah. Just sadness that she was. She was a part of it. And that the the feel so misunderstood that. That's not met by her tweet. And Joe Rogan, you know, he's also he's he agrees with her that she's a comedian. And that you know that this is a slippery slope of one tweet or two over how long she's been on Twitter can end thing so swiftly. They had other examples of people who've said far worse things that were given. And also they were backed by their station like they used Smith A B as an example her tweet that controversy, but comedy central was behind her supporting her for it. She felt no support from ABC. Yeah. And so some good points there. I I need to listen to the interview"