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  • 21.03.2018

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Revived show reflects Trump's US: Roseanne

Revived show reflects Trump's US: Roseanne

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The revival of hit 1990s television comedy Roseanne will show how a politically divided, working-class American family grapples with daily life and challenges after the election of US President Donald Trump, the show's stars say.

Roseanne, starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, is being resurrected for nine episodes starting March 27.

In the new episodes, the titular Roseanne is now a grandmother who voted for Trump and at times clashes with family members and friends with opposing views.
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The original Roseanne aired from 1988 to 1997. The series was praised for its realistic portrayal of a working-class family in the US, and Barr said she wanted the revival to also present a true-to-life portrait of a country in which half the voters chose Trump.

"It was the working-class people who elected Trump," Barr said. "I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed."

Barr herself has spoken in support of Trump, but the show's producers said the series does not advocate a political stance.
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"There is no agenda on anybody's part but to get honest feelings out there within a family that's relatable," executive producer Bruce Helford said.

The revival will also deal with topical issues such as opioid addiction and access to healthcare.
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