Whitney Cummings was 6 when Roseanne hit the airwaves in 1988, but the actress, writer, and comedian has long been a fan of the show and its outspoken star, Roseanne Barr.
“I’ve never been married with three kids before, but in terms of her bravery and her honesty and her authenticity, I’ve always strived to have” what Barr had and brought to TV as Roseanne Conner, Cummings said, talking to a few reporters after an ABC news conference in January.
“She always inspired me to tell the truth, no matter how ugly it is, and how offensive it might be, and how uncomfortable it might make people.”
Although t is a new generation of Conners – grandchildren played by Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey – one of the selling points of the new version has been how much of it’s not new, from the lookalike living room couch to original cast members Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Sarah Chalke, and Michael Fishman.
So how did Cummings, cocreator of 2 Broke Girls and the star and creator of Whitney, end up co-running the show with Roseanne veteran Bruce Helford?
Inside the writers room, “T is vigorous debate. T’s a lot of, what would this person say? How would they say it? How do I put my agenda aside and honestly depict this person without criticism or judgment – or superiority? And how would they talk and how would they dress and this part of the country, that we like to pretend doesn’t exist, that we have so much vitriol for, how do we handle that with authenticity and compassion, instead of negativity and judgment?” said Cummings.