The PTC offers advice to ABC on how The Conners can continue its previous success.
The Parents Television Council commended ABC for reviving its hit show Roseanne, which will now be called The Conners, and offered advice to the network on how to ensure the program continues its previous success without its main character.
“We are delighted that ABC found a way to bring back a show that millions of families have enjoyed watching together. Rosanne Barr was rightly fired for her inexcusable and repugnant behavior. In order to assuage the concerns we’ve heard from the large and loyal audience for the show, we want to offer three points for ABC to consider that will ensure the show’s continued success,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
- “When Roseanne debuted on ABC, it quickly found an audience that was nostalgic for the show. At a time when tensions seem to be running so high across our nation, the program offered a brief and much-needed respite from all the noise. We hope ABC will ensure that the reboot offers that continued sense of nostalgia for the audience.
- “Roseanne brought a much-needed political balance to prime time entertainment. With Roseanne Barr now out of the picture, we hope that The Conners will continue to embrace — or at least not assault — the political values held by conservative Americans.
- “Finally, we urge ABC to keep the The Conners family-friendly. It’s not often that families have TV shows available to watch together that are relatively free from nefarious adult content, or that use children to deliver sexually-explicit lines – a disturbing trend that we revealed in recent PTC research, but Roseanne was one of them.
“We hope ABC takes note of what made Roseanne successful and applies that understanding to The Conners reboot,” Winter concluded.