‘Roseanne’ Boss Talks Season 2, Whitney Cummings’ Exit: ‘When We Write, We Try and Inspire People to Think’

After a polarizing first revival season, “Roseanne” has once again established itself, much like its eponymous leading lady and executive producer, as the brashest and most cage-rattling voice in the broadcast sitcom conversation in its revived tenth s…

After a polarizing first revival season, “Roseanne” has once again established itself, much like its eponymous leading lady and executive producer, as the brashest and most cage-rattling voice in the broadcast sitcom conversation in its revived tenth season. “Roseanne and I, when we first met way — back when in ’92 — it was, ‘We’ve […]

Roseanne Barr Says She’s Leaving Twitter Over ‘Anti-Semitism’

We can all stop following @therealroseanne on Twitter now: Roseanne Barr says she’s leaving the social media platform over its “anti-Semitism.”

The “Roseanne” star believes that anti-Semitism is not banned on Twitter — and for that reason, she is out.

“I already deleted Facebook five years ago when the anti-Semitism there became toxic,” Barr wrote (among other things) on Saturday. “I am leaving all social media except Instagram.”

Also Read: ‘Roseanne’ Co-Showrunner Whitney Cummings Will Not Return Next Season

Barr won’t actually be deleting her Twitter account, she specified. After all, the comedian says she plans to keep an eye on her DMs (direct messages) to “continue to introduce fighters to other fighters here.”

Here are the ABC sitcom star’s tweets on the matter today:

what is not targeted/shadow banned on twitter: anti semitism. Y?

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 19, 2018

Erev Rav =bad spies.

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 19, 2018

I must in good conscience leave Twitter. bye bye!

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 19, 2018

i already deleted facebook five years ago when the anti semitism there became toxic. I am leaving all social media except instagram.

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 19, 2018

today We heard Ten Utterances from G-d on Mt. Sinai! the ear is a labyrinth leading to the pineal gland. open it up! get enlightened!

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 19, 2018

i will still read my dm’s so that I can continue to introduce fighters to other fighters here.

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 19, 2018

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We can all stop following @therealroseanne on Twitter now: Roseanne Barr says she’s leaving the social media platform over its “anti-Semitism.”

The “Roseanne” star believes that anti-Semitism is not banned on Twitter — and for that reason, she is out.

“I already deleted Facebook five years ago when the anti-Semitism there became toxic,” Barr wrote (among other things) on Saturday. “I am leaving all social media except Instagram.”

Barr won’t actually be deleting her Twitter account, she specified. After all, the comedian says she plans to keep an eye on her DMs (direct messages) to “continue to introduce fighters to other fighters here.”

Here are the ABC sitcom star’s tweets on the matter today:

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Fall TV: 7 Intriguing New Matchups, Like ‘Magnum PI’ vs ‘9-1-1’ (Photos)

It’s not even summer yet and we’re already looking forward to fall. After all, that’s when the best TV shows come back on (and the oppressive heat subsides).

Much like you fans, we at TheWrap are dying to find out what happens next with our favorite small-screen characters. But we’ve also got an eye on another angle: What are the most intriguing new matchups?

Now that we knows the days and time slots for all new and returning broadcast primetime series, we’ve pinpointed seven battles worth watching.

Also Read: Here’s the Complete Fall 2018 TV Schedule for All 5 Broadcast Networks

The CW (The CW) vs. Everybody (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC)
Guess who’s coming to Sundays? For the first time in nine years, The CW is bringing back nationally programmed Sunday nights next season, when it will air “Supergirl” at 8 p.m. and the “Charmed” reboot at 9.

Welcome! For starters, you’ve got TV’s top show, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” to contend with. On Fox, it’ll be animation and freshman show “Rel”; on CBS, “God Friended Me” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”; and on ABC, “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” and “Shark Tank.”

So good luck with all of that.

Also Read: Fall TV 2018: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

“Magnum P.I.” (CBS) vs. “9-1-1” (Fox)
No mustache (OK, so there’s a goatee) — but does this comma-less remake of the ’80s “Magnum, P.I.” have teeth? It had better to go up against Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1,” which is already established in the 9 o’clock time slot on Mondays.

The Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and now Jennifer Love Hewitt-led Fox drama averaged a big 3.0 rating in the core 18-49 demographic when counting a week’s worth of delayed viewing. The freshman first-responder series was Fox’s highest-rated entertainment show of the season, beating even “Empire.”

In other words, better keep that Ferrari perfectly waxed and buffed, Magnum.

Also Read: 7 New Fall TV Shows We Can’t Wait to See, From ‘Rel’ to ‘Manifest’ (Photos)

“Manifest” (NBC) vs. “Bull” (CBS) vs. “The Good Doctor” (ABC)
Apparently, no one told these guys that three is a crowd.

Let’s start with the returning shows: “The Good Doctor” was this season’s top new drama, averaging a huge 15.6 million total viewers per episode. “Bull” was literally the next most-watched series on broadcast, hauling in 14.3 million viewers of its own. Though it stands to reason that the ABC medical show’s Nielsen numbers will decline in Year 2, “Bull” will be moving away from the huge lead-in “NCIS” currently provides — so say farewell to some built-in eyeballs.

So where does “Manifest” fit in here? Well, we’ll have to wait and find out. If done right, the Robert Zemeckis missing-airplane drama could add some turbulence to an already competitive hour.

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“F.B.I.” (CBS) vs. “This Is Us” (NBC)
Welcome to the lion’s den, “F.B.I.”

Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, “This Is Us” is a powerhouse — and freshman “F.B.I.” is moving into Milo Ventimiglia’s dorm. Remember how we wished “Bull” lots of luck without “NCIS”? Well, “F.B.I.” is the one getting the CBS springboard — but it had better be a damn good show to have a prayer against the Pearsons.

Here’s the case one could make for “F.B.I.” beyond just its lead-in: Dick Wolf knows how to make a procedural. Unfortunately for the big fan of the Windy City, Dan Fogelman knows how to make you cry. Tears beat Miranda Rights every time.

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“Murphy Brown” (CBS) vs. “Thursday Night Football” (Fox)
“Roseanne” has changed everything — but we don’t think that means Fox Sports should be shaking in its cleats. Football is still going to win this battle, but Fox’s fancy new primetime pro pigskin should see a pretty formidable opponent in “Murphy Brown” — especially over the revival’s first few weeks.

Still, any given Thursday, are we right?

To look at it another way, for $3.3 billion, Fox had better win every damn Thursday that 106 men put on pads.

Also Read: ‘The Cool Kids,’ ‘Rel’ and ‘The Passage’: Watch Trailers for Fox’s New Fall TV Shows (Video)

“Last Man Standing” (Fox) vs. “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)
This one isn’t so much about “Fresh Off the Boat” as it is about Tim Allen vs. ABC.

The comedian and Michigan Tourism spokesman really let ABC have it for canceling his reliable Friday sitcom a year ago. Now revived by Fox, you’d better believe that the “Home Improvement” alum wants to dominate the Disney-owned broadcast network in his time period. He will, let’s just home the comeback is funnier than Allen’s set at the Fox upfront.

Pure victory. (CUT TO: Shot of Lake Michigan)

Also Read: The CW Schedule: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Charmed’ on Fall Sundays; ‘Jane,’ ‘iZombie’ to End in Midseason

“Roseanne” (ABC) vs. “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
At the CBS upfront, entertainment President Kelly Kahl talked about how “The Neighborhood” star Cedric the Entertainer comes complete with a built-in audience — he’d better.

“Roseanne” will win running away Tuesdays at 8 o’clock, though CBS comedies not named “9JKL” and “Living Biblically” still tend to draw solid viewership. As awkward as the post-pilot “Neighborhood” recasting in favor of Max Greenfield may be, it’s a very good decision and a role he’ll kill in.

That said, “The Neighborhood” is now on its third title, and that’s never a good sign. Hey, you probably could’ve hung with “Splitting Up Together”!

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It’s not even summer yet and we’re already looking forward to fall. After all, that’s when the best TV shows come back on (and the oppressive heat subsides).

Much like you fans, we at TheWrap are dying to find out what happens next with our favorite small-screen characters. But we’ve also got an eye on another angle: What are the most intriguing new matchups?

Now that we knows the days and time slots for all new and returning broadcast primetime series, we’ve pinpointed seven battles worth watching.

The CW (The CW) vs. Everybody (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC)
Guess who’s coming to Sundays? For the first time in nine years, The CW is bringing back nationally programmed Sunday nights next season, when it will air “Supergirl” at 8 p.m. and the “Charmed” reboot at 9.

Welcome! For starters, you’ve got TV’s top show, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” to contend with. On Fox, it’ll be animation and freshman show “Rel”; on CBS, “God Friended Me” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”; and on ABC, “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” and “Shark Tank.”

So good luck with all of that.

“Magnum P.I.” (CBS) vs. “9-1-1” (Fox)
No mustache (OK, so there’s a goatee) — but does this comma-less remake of the ’80s “Magnum, P.I.” have teeth? It had better to go up against Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1,” which is already established in the 9 o’clock time slot on Mondays.

The Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and now Jennifer Love Hewitt-led Fox drama averaged a big 3.0 rating in the core 18-49 demographic when counting a week’s worth of delayed viewing. The freshman first-responder series was Fox’s highest-rated entertainment show of the season, beating even “Empire.”

In other words, better keep that Ferrari perfectly waxed and buffed, Magnum.

“Manifest” (NBC) vs. “Bull” (CBS) vs. “The Good Doctor” (ABC)
Apparently, no one told these guys that three is a crowd.

Let’s start with the returning shows: “The Good Doctor” was this season’s top new drama, averaging a huge 15.6 million total viewers per episode. “Bull” was literally the next most-watched series on broadcast, hauling in 14.3 million viewers of its own. Though it stands to reason that the ABC medical show’s Nielsen numbers will decline in Year 2, “Bull” will be moving away from the huge lead-in “NCIS” currently provides — so say farewell to some built-in eyeballs.

So where does “Manifest” fit in here? Well, we’ll have to wait and find out. If done right, the Robert Zemeckis missing-airplane drama could add some turbulence to an already competitive hour.

“F.B.I.” (CBS) vs. “This Is Us” (NBC)
Welcome to the lion’s den, “F.B.I.”

Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, “This Is Us” is a powerhouse — and freshman “F.B.I.” is moving into Milo Ventimiglia’s dorm. Remember how we wished “Bull” lots of luck without “NCIS”? Well, “F.B.I.” is the one getting the CBS springboard — but it had better be a damn good show to have a prayer against the Pearsons.

Here’s the case one could make for “F.B.I.” beyond just its lead-in: Dick Wolf knows how to make a procedural. Unfortunately for the big fan of the Windy City, Dan Fogelman knows how to make you cry. Tears beat Miranda Rights every time.

“Murphy Brown” (CBS) vs. “Thursday Night Football” (Fox)
“Roseanne” has changed everything — but we don’t think that means Fox Sports should be shaking in its cleats. Football is still going to win this battle, but Fox’s fancy new primetime pro pigskin should see a pretty formidable opponent in “Murphy Brown” — especially over the revival’s first few weeks.

Still, any given Thursday, are we right?

To look at it another way, for $3.3 billion, Fox had better win every damn Thursday that 106 men put on pads.

“Last Man Standing” (Fox) vs. “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)
This one isn’t so much about “Fresh Off the Boat” as it is about Tim Allen vs. ABC.

The comedian and Michigan Tourism spokesman really let ABC have it for canceling his reliable Friday sitcom a year ago. Now revived by Fox, you’d better believe that the “Home Improvement” alum wants to dominate the Disney-owned broadcast network in his time period. He will, let’s just home the comeback is funnier than Allen’s set at the Fox upfront.

Pure victory. (CUT TO: Shot of Lake Michigan)

“Roseanne” (ABC) vs. “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
At the CBS upfront, entertainment President Kelly Kahl talked about how “The Neighborhood” star Cedric the Entertainer comes complete with a built-in audience — he’d better.

“Roseanne” will win running away Tuesdays at 8 o’clock, though CBS comedies not named “9JKL” and “Living Biblically” still tend to draw solid viewership. As awkward as the post-pilot “Neighborhood” recasting in favor of Max Greenfield may be, it’s a very good decision and a role he’ll kill in.

That said, “The Neighborhood” is now on its third title, and that’s never a good sign. Hey, you probably could’ve hung with “Splitting Up Together”!

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‘Roseanne’ Executive Producer Whitney Cummings Exits Ahead Of Season 2 As ABC Comedy Series Adds New Writers

Whitney Cummings will not be back as executive producer/co-showrunner of Roseanne for the show’s 13-episode eleventh season, with executive producer/co-showrunner Bruce Helford taking the reigns as the sole showrunner, Deadline has confirmed.
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Whitney Cummings will not be back as executive producer/co-showrunner of Roseanne for the show’s 13-episode eleventh season, with executive producer/co-showrunner Bruce Helford taking the reigns as the sole showrunner, Deadline has confirmed. “Whitney just had too much on her plate to commit,” Helford told Deadline. “But she's always a part of the Roseanne family.” Returning as writers on the show are Wanda Sykes and Norm McDonald as well as veteran Roseanne alumni…

‘Roseanne’ Co-Showrunner Whitney Cummings Unlikely to Return Next Season, EP Says

It’s looking like the next season of “Roseanne” will have one less showrunner.

Co-showrunner Whitney Cummings will likely not return for Season 11 because of her busy schedule, with executive producer Bruce Helford taking on the role of showrunner by himself.

“I think Whitney is going to be too busy,” Helford told reporters on Friday.

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Cummings is currently on tour and has a new book out titled “I’m Fine… And Other Lies.” She executive produced the first season of the revival along with Helford, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner and Tony Hernandez. The sitcom comes from Carsey-Werner Television.

“Roseanne” arrived for its revival on ABC to mega ratings — its premiere beat out its 1997 finale and more than doubled ABC’s projections.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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It’s looking like the next season of “Roseanne” will have one less showrunner.

Co-showrunner Whitney Cummings will likely not return for Season 11 because of her busy schedule, with executive producer Bruce Helford taking on the role of showrunner by himself.

“I think Whitney is going to be too busy,” Helford told reporters on Friday.

Cummings is currently on tour and has a new book out titled “I’m Fine… And Other Lies.” She executive produced the first season of the revival along with Helford, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner and Tony Hernandez. The sitcom comes from Carsey-Werner Television.

“Roseanne” arrived for its revival on ABC to mega ratings — its premiere beat out its 1997 finale and more than doubled ABC’s projections.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Series producer Bruce Helford also shared that Whitney Cummings will be leaving her co-showrunner position for the upcoming season.

The future story of “Roseanne” is literally yet to be written, but executive producer Bruce Helford told reporters Friday morning that there’s still a place for the Conner’s next-door Muslim neighbors.

On a media call Friday morning, Helford explained that the Al-Harazi family featured in the reboot’s “Go Cubs” episode is in the show’s plans for next season.

“We haven’t started breaking stories or anything else. We want to bring the Al-Harazis back. We definitely want them to return. They’re their neighbors. They live right next door, so we definitely want to see more of them,” Helford said.

In response to news from upfronts this past week that the show might de-emphasize its political strains, Helford explained that “Roseanne” had no immediate plans to avoid social issues.

“We don’t want to be preachy,” Helford said. “We’re not doing issue-of-the-week. But at the same time, we will definitely be handling issues that are political hot buttons. The show will continue to get this dialogue going. What I’ve said to everyone is, ‘Whether people agree with the show or don’t agree with the show, I love the level of discussion that’s going on about this show in America.’ It’s a really intense and educated discussion between the bloggers and the critics and the reviewers, the lovers and the haters. It really has been, I think, really healthy.”

As far as additional changes in the series, Helford said that he wanted “Roseanne” to reflect more of the changing demographics in the area outside Chicago where the show takes place. Drawing on the city of Elgin as a model, this next season will bring more Hispanic characters into the Conners’ story.

ROSEANNE - "Roseanne Gets the Chair" - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of "Roseanne," TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Adam Rose)ROSEANNE BARR, EMMA KENNEY, JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, SARA GILBERT

“Lanford is a fictitious place, but it does represent that area of Illinois outside Chicago,” Helford said. “We definitely will be seeing more Hispanic characters in the show and we’ll be dealing with aspects of that. Hopefully, as well-done as we can, we’re going to be socially relevant and talk about all the issues that are facing working class people in America.”

Helford was unsure whether EP Whitney Cummings will be returning to the writing staff, but he conceded that he would be the series’ sole showrunner going forward. Helford unveiled some of the show’s new additions to the writers room, which he says will be convening for the first time at the end of the month.

“We have added voices. Some of the new writers coming on: Ali Liebegott, who was on ‘Transparent’ is joining us…Wanda Sykes is coming back, Norm MacDonald is coming back,” Helford said. Jena Friedman will also be joining the room, per Helford.

Addressing the show’s controversial “They’re just like us” joke from earlier in the season, Helford reiterated that the joke was not meant to cause offense.

“It was not intended to be dismissive or reductive or anything like that. It was simply a nod to the other shows. For me, it was about how we all try to find a commonality to make any show that’s about a specific ethnicity inclusive to all ethnicities so that we do our jobs as broadcasters and reach a wide number of people. So, whether the show is about an Asian family or an African-American family or about a white family, we all try to make these shows inclusive,” Helford said.

With production on the upcoming season beginning soon, Helford said that the attention to the show is something that he is now very much aware of, especially on the joke-by-joke level.

“How people interpret things, it’s like a Beatles song. People find 25 different meanings that weren’t there or maybe were there. I can’t try to anticipate everything that everyone will say,” Helford said. “We are very much under a microscope, more so probably than any show right now. So I do believe people will be looking carefully and that there probably will be controversy in the future.”

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