ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey addressed the Black-ish episode shelved earlier this season, saying it had nothing to do with the football players kneeling.
"The show certainly did touch on some of that in the first episode in a very amusing way, to look at the different political views between Roseanne and Jackie", she said. In subsequent episodes, it delved much more on the "everyday trials and tribulations" of the Conner family.
And when Roseanne returns for its next season the fall?
"I think that they're going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family", Dungey said on a conference call, according to Variety.
"I think if you listen to any of his podcasts, what is great about what Alec does is he'll talk with people about the span of their career, like Robert De Niro", Dungey said in a teleconference call with reporters Tuesday. It certainly wasn't meant to offend.
Dungey defended the "Roseanne" writers and said they were just expressing the title character's views.
"As you know, we have always been supportive of Kenya and team tackling challenging and controversial issues in the show", Dungey told reporters on Tuesday, according to a report by Variety. "We're very clear on black-ish about how many opinions are voiced by Dre Johnson". The new season is set for 13 episodes, an increase from the nine episodes of the first season. The schedule has Fresh Off the Boat moving to Fridays at 8 p.m. where it will go head-to-head with a former ABC series, Last Man Standing, which the network canceled a year ago.
Hot on the heels of Fox rescuing and renewing Tim Allen's Last Man Standing in large part due to the ratings bonanza a Trump-loving, social justice warrior-bashing primetime character can bring in, Roseanne is reportedly easing back on the politics next season.
"The decision we made previous year in terms of canceling "Last Man Standing" were made with the best information we had at the time. I wish them every success with their return on Fox".