Saturday, May 18, 2024

Countdown: America Waits to See How Roseanne Conner Dies, How Many Will Tune In?


The clock is running. A little more than five hours from now, Roseanne Conner is leaving this mortal coil.

Will she die from an opioid overdose? A heart attack? Has she left town to work for Trump? We will know in the first five minutes. “The Conners” airs at 8pm eastern on ABC.

Early reviews suggest that without Roseanne out of the picture, “The Conners” is a better show. That’s right. John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf are top notch actors who had more success after the first run of “Roseanne” than Roseanne Barr ever did.

Indeed, Barr struggled without her sitcom. Her talk show failed, so did various other attempts at series and acting. She is not a great actress. She bleated, and squealed, and honked. She was slovenly. The show was built around that. But before she lost her mind, the audience loved her for it.

And Roseanne herself? She signed off of Twitter about a month ago. She’s been silent. It must be in her contract with ABC that she’s not allowed to comment on social media. If so, it must be killing her.

So what now? Come back here at 8:05pm to get the answer.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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