Posts tagged as roseanne

Watching Roseanne's Early Standup and Secret Sitcom Pilot

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Before we begin, I must first make a confession. My knowledge of Roseanne Barr's comedy is based solely on my memories of [...]

Roseanne Says Chuck Lorre Stole Her Joke for 'Two and a Half Men'

Over the last three days, Roseanne Barr has been tweeting up a storm about Two and a Half Men creator stealing a joke from her standup act and using it on the show, in a line delivered by Ashton Kutcher. Barr heard about how Thursday's episode of Men had Kutcher say a line about a 91-year-old woman ("I’d imagine that you’re wet in the places you used to be dry, and dry in the places you used to be wet."), which bears a strong resemblance to a line about menopause she's been using in her act since at least 2006 ("I’m wet where I’m supposed to be dry and [...]

NBC Is Developing Another Roseanne Sitcom

Last season, NBC ordered a pilot called Downwardly Mobile starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as a couple living in a trailer park. The show didn't make it past the pilot stage, but the network is now taking another stab at developing a new show around Barr, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll produce and develop the series alongside Steven Greener, whom she worked with on her one-season-and-out Lifetime reality show Roseanne's Nuts last year. No title or plotline has been announced. Roseanne Barr recently filmed an episode of IFC's Portlandia and will appear in a three-episode arc in The Office's final stretch of episodes as a [...]

Here Are Your Roseanne Roasters

As is the case with their roasts, Comedy Central has assembled a rag tag group of comedians, celebrities, and "celebrities" to roast Roseanne. The list includes Sharon Stone, Carrie Fisher, Katey Sagal and Seth Green (expect Green Party jokes) because I assume they are friends with Roseanne or something. Stone will likely fill the role of crazy person, which has long been a fixture of the roasts. In terms of pros, Jeffrey Ross, Amy Schumer, and Anthony Jeselnik will be there to actually make the thing watchable. The roast shoots this Saturday and will air on August 12. More names will be added in the coming days; hopefully, [...]

Who's a Better Mother, Roseanne or Donna Reed?

Duels or “classy show-downs” as they are often called by no one, have been solving hot debates for ages. They're useful for delivering crowds a champion, through often unpredictable means (just ask Alexander Hamilton). Television loves a surprise, so what better way to measure and battle elements of TV than with a duel? Here, we will battle two characters in an imaginary contest of wills. Sometimes a winner will be crowned because of pertinent facts, and sometimes in spite of them.

This week? Roseanne v. Donna Reed in motherhood.

It’s the Mother’s Day edition of the duels. Here we pit two iconic mothers against one another to find out who is the [...]

Roseanne Barr Sheds More Light on the Behind-the-Scenes Sexism on 'Roseanne'

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter late Sunday night to deliver a long missive about comedians unfairly labeled "crazy" and "difficult" and singled out his former boss Roseanne Barr as a particularly perfect example of a comedic genius who had to deal with sexism on an everyday basis during Roseanne's run throughout the '90s. Macdonald concluded his stream of tweets by calling Roseanne "a true feminist in a world of false ones" and "a genius who is being wasted," and yesterday Barr responded to Macdonald with both gratitude and some interesting details about the level of misogyny she endured during her time on her show from the writing [...]

11 Shows That Went Head-to-Head With 'SNL' and Lost

Saturday Night Live is an institution that has been considered overrated and underrated since its debut in 1975, always provoking debate, always somewhere on the minds of everyone in the comedy world, and subsequently and most importantly of all, always watched and analyzed every single week. And it seems that from the very beginning, everybody that wasn't NBC knew that they were screwed, and have continually opted to not counter with their own original programming. Fox seems to be the one network that refuses to admit defeat, throwing up their own comedy shows on Saturday nights since 1989, and returning to the weekend late night original programming game with [...]

Some Samples Before Next Weekend's Roast

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Those are some good zings. There is one Ross zing, however, that Comedy Central announced it won't air: “Seth [Green], congratulations. This is actually a great night for you. You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora. I’m kidding, you are not like James Holmes. At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember.” Alas, as the previews below suggest, there will be enough off-color and/or mean jokes to [...]

Jane Lynch to Handle Roastmaster Duties for Roseanne

I always wonder two things when I hear about an upcoming Comedy Central roast: how mean will it be, and is the roastee really on board for it? As Joan Rivers said in A Piece of Work, "They keep telling you it’s an honor. I'm telling you that if I had invested wisely, I wouldn’t be doing this." The upcoming roast of Roseanne Barr is no different. Is Roseanne really into the idea and thinks it'll be fun, or is this just a cash grab to keep her nut farm afloat? It's hard to say, although the second question got a little complicated with the announcement that [...]

Roseanne for President: The First Hundred Days in Office

Finally going through with her promise/threat from August, Roseanne Barr has filed the paperwork to run for president and says on her Twitter that she doesn't expect to win, but hopes bring attention to the Green Party by running. If she did get elected, here's an incomplete list of what she'd likely focus on in her first 100 days in the Oval Office:

– invest in technology futures for nut manufacture – promote tax subsidies for menopausal women – hire a cabinet led by John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Johnny Galecki – write searing, eye-opening essay about sexism on the political campaign trail [...]

Norm Macdonald Talks About Working for 'Roseanne' and Comedians Labeled "Crazy" and "Difficult"

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter late last night and delivered a lengthy but enlightening missive about the nature of creativity in comedy, the unfair reputation of comedians who are called "difficult" and "crazy," and his brief stint as a writer for Roseanne from 1992-1993. Here's an excerpt from what Macdonald had to say:

When the show ended, the Harvard boys went to other shows and were paid millions. After all, they had written Roseanne. Sort of. And Roseanne went away. She may have wanted to. I don’t know. But I do know what she was called. 'Difficult.' 'Crazy' even. These are words that are dismissive and can torpedo [...]

'The Shield' Creator Shawn Ryan Writes About How Great 'Cheers' Is

"Cheers represented writing, acting, and directing at the very highest levels, and Sam and Diane remain the gold standard for a complicated, fascinating relationship on TV. Many have tried to equal their chemistry. All have failed. Television may never see another Roseanne, but I find myself constantly yearning for another Cheers."

-Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield, wrote a nice piece for Vulture's TV comedy tournament "Sitcom Showdown," comparing Cheers to Roseanne before rightfully concluding that, although both are great, Cheers is the best.

Jeff Ross Went to the Roseanne Roast Dressed as Joe Paterno, of Course

Yep. After dressing as Colonel Gaddafi at last year's roast, Jeff Ross stepped it up this year, dressing as the deceased former Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Ross told The Hollywood Reporter: “If [people are] offended by what they see, they can do what Joe Paterno did – look the other way.”  The roast, which taped this weekend, airs Sunday, August 12 at 10pm. We can look forward to: "Joe Paterno wouldn't have fucked Roseanne with Jerry Sandusky's dick. (And probably couldn't have.)"

A Look Back At Joss Whedon's 'Roseanne' Episodes

Before Joss Whedon convinced an absurdly large number of normal world citizens to see a movie about Norse gods, frozen past-men, and Robert Downey Jr.’s goatee, he was the nerd-worshipped creator of cult hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and (the author begrudgingly included) Dollhouse. Even before that, however, Whedon was a sitcom writer. At the tender of 24, he was a story editor and staff writer for Roseanne, securing the writing credit on five episodes in the second season: The Little Sister, House of Grown-ups, Brain-Dead Poets Society, Chicken Hearts, and Fathers and Daughters.

Staff writing on a television show typically isn’t a place for individual flair; [...]