Despite so many strong incentives to make The Conners happen, it took about a month for ABC and producer Werner to figure out the spin-off. While reports of a potential spinoff surfaced very soon after the Roseanne cancellation, Werner says continuing on was hardly a slam-dunk. We wanted to make sure internally that we could continue to do episodes that we were proud of — then we could talk to ABC. Once the creative concerns were settled, Werner says everything else fell into place. Kubitz fully expects that some of the viewers who watched Roseanne last season will have zero interest in a new show without her, either because of their love for the character she played or because they believe ABC was wrong to fire her.
Even Roseanne lost about 40 percent of its audience between its first outing in March and what turned out to be its series finale two months later. The fact is, even if Barr had never fired off her racist tweet and Roseanne was returning this fall, ABC would almost surely be looking at much smaller Nielsen numbers for the show this season. ABC obviously is hoping to do better than both of those shows, but if The Conners can pull in around six to seven million viewers each week and continue to do reasonably well with younger audiences, it would very much qualify as a success for the network.
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But who wants to continue to watch the demise of a working-class family in a sitcom and even laugh about it? Episode 1. No rearing up. No resistance. Not a grain of sand in the transmission of power, it could crush one. In the past, "Roseanne" was the symbol of the power of the working class. Even if you do not win most of the fights, you always stand up and fight again.
And sometimes you win. Or at least keep his dignity. The Dan Conner of this episode was a walking corpse. Completely resigned to his fate, between bad jobs, recession and the lack of perspectives of his own family. Instead of screaming instead of struggling, instead of doing all that - resignation.
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The title of the episode was "Rage Against the Machine". What a label fraud. There was no rage. There was adaptation and appeasement. Sorry, but I really do not have to look at "Roseanne" or "The Conners" anymore.
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