ABC Slates Roseanne to Anchor Comedies, Keeps Shonda Rhimes Thursday Block

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"We enter the new season bolstered by success and the stability that it affords us", said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment.

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'Hillary Clinton had a yard sale, and she let us have that for nearly nothing, ' he joked.

An ABC representative told Fox News the show is "definitely not" cutting out the approach to reach Middle America people.

The Disney-owned network will debut four series - two comedies, two dramas - in the fall and bring back an interview show with Alec Baldwin, who plays Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live".

ABC has struggled over the years to create blockbuster shows beyond those produced by Shonda Rhimes, who announced last year that she was leaving her longtime ABC Studios home to join Netflix.

Just a couple months ago, ABC permanently shelved an already-shot episode of Black-ish called "Please, Baby, Please", in which the Johnson family addresses the controversy with Colin Kaepernick, the NFL, and the national anthem. Roseanne sarcastically responded, "They're just like us".

So, what about next season, the sitcom's 12th?

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It is telling that the network is going to cut the conservative humor on "Roseanne", while Trump critics such as Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel are given a free rein (even Kimmel's insulting a nun who has dedicated her life to others doesn't rate a rebuke from the network). "I haven't seen this yet, but it sounds like it isn't so much a dating show as a thinly veiled sex trafficking operation", Kimmel said.

She reiterated that the network tries to be "as diverse and inclusive as possible" across all metrics, from race and gender to religion and economics.

"In a very amusing way, I think it allowed us, between the different, political views of Roseanne and Jackie, to address some issues that we think have been conversations at other family dining tables across the country". "The power of shows such as "Roseanne" and "black-ish" rests in their ability to creatively appeal far beyond their base targets", Tiedje said. "Dancing with the Stars" may be on its last legs (I'll be here all week folks), and they should think about something bigger in the fall to carry them through to "Idol", but for this year their Sunday shows will do.

"Our ratings are going down and our prices are going up".

On Tuesday nights next season, Roseanne will function as the lead-in to ABC's new comedy "The Kids Are Alright", a show about an Irish-Catholic family set in the 1970's. It has averaged a prime-time audience of 6.1 million viewers, which is less than NBC and CBS, both of which average more than 9 million a night in the current season, according to Nielsen.

He also reminded the audience that new ABC shows like Inhumans, Deception, and Quantico had all fallen flat this year.

"We have a new slogan this year ABC. I'm probably a really big deal to your mom".

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