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ABC's "Roseanne" reboot, featuring a Trump-supporting main character, set records with 18.1 million viewers for its premiere—but the network president says the show will move "away from politics" in the show's second season. Donald Trump Jr. and others praised the show for embracing conservative viewers by offering an "alternate viewpoint." But critics argue conservative-leaning TV shows tend to suck because they often punch down. Do you think we need more conservatives on TV? 📺

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Despite record-breaking viewership numbers, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the second season of the "Roseanne" revival will be less about politics and more about family.

“I think that they’re going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family,“ Dungey said on a conference call Tuesday. The show has drawn both criticism and praise for its depiction of conservative views, most notably reflecting the political leanings of series star and creator Roseanne Barr.

Don Jr. applauded the "Roseanne" reboot, praising the "alternate viewpoint" it offered to what is typically on TV.

Others were happy to see a working-class family at the center of a TV show.

Even critics of Trump were excited to see the show represent conservative characters as a more accurate reflection of America right now.

But others refused to watch the show. Roseanne Barr is an unapologetic Trump supporter and, to many, the Trump administration is seen as a threat to democracy. Normalizing Trump on a sitcom isn't what we should be doing right now.

But the premiere episode of "Roseanne" opened with massive ratings. Clearly, there is an audience that wants to watch conservative stories play out on screen.

Conservatives have long had a difficult time finding success in Hollywood, in part because conservatism often clashes directly with the things that make art and comedy so valuable. As Judd Apatow puts it:

I know who I am as a storyteller: I want to feel hope about people's abilities to incrementally learn. This is related to the reason why you don't see movies and television about Republican and conservative ideas—because Republicans are trying to present themselves as correct, as clean, as Mike Pence–y. Unlike them, I want people who actually evolve.
When you see Mike Pence, you think there's a lot going on inside that guy. At least I do. But the problem is that Mike Pence will not tell you that... that's why there's no incredible, hysterically funny show about conservatives, because they're too concerned about trying to present themselves as correct. They're all going, I'm not neurotic. I'm not a disaster in any way. They don't admit how lost they are. There's something dishonest to me about that; it's living a lie. 

Conservative television would just mean normalizing bigotry and hate for many. No thanks.

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