by Sam Hieb
And I mean tanks–as in the lowest ratings in the country:
“The show performed worst on ABC’s North Carolina affiliate, WXLV, where a mere 9 percent of households tuned in,” according to the Hollywood Reporter article. Greensboro was followed on the “low-rated market” list by San Francisco, Jacksonville and Miami.
All I know is my household was tuned in—we were fans of the original show back in the ’90s. Of course the question is whether or not succeeding reboot episodes will hold the audience. I know one person who watched the first episode but will no longer keep watching–NYT columnist Roxane Gay:
As I watched the first two episodes of the “Roseanne” reboot, I thought again about accountability. I laughed, yes, and enjoyed seeing the Conner family back on my screen. My first reaction was that the show was excellent. But I could not set aside what I know of Roseanne Barr and how toxic and dangerous her current public persona is. I could not overlook how the Conner family came together to support Mark as he was bullied at school for his gender presentation, after voting for a president who actively works against the transgender community. They voted for a president who doesn’t think the black life of their granddaughter matters. They act as if love can protect the most vulnerable members of their family from the repercussions of their political choices. It cannot.
This fictional family, and the show’s very real creator, are further normalizing Trump and his warped, harmful political ideologies. There are times when we can consume problematic pop culture, but this is not one of those times. I saw the first two episodes of the “Roseanne” reboot, but that’s all I am going to watch. It’s a small line to draw, but it’s a start.
Ms. Gay also asks “how do you reach people who make dangerous political choices grounded in self-interest?” Strange–I wondered the same thing about Clinton supporters and–before that–Obama supporters.