October 4, 1989 |
"Roseanne" captured the top ratings spot for the week that ended Sunday, but that didn't stop NBC from enjoying an easy victory in the second week of the new TV season, figures from the A.C. Nielsen Co. showed yesterday. NBC's "Cosby" show placed second, followed by "Cheers," "The Golden Girls" and "A Different World. " Each of the networks, though, had its share of joys and disappointments. For ABC, the high point was "Roseanne" reclaiming the No. 1 spot from NBC's "Cosby.
December 14, 1990 |
OK, I'm going to describe a network sitcom. You guess which one it is. It's about a working-class family struggling to make ends meet. There's a husband and a wife, and the wife is clearly in charge. There are a couple of troublemaking kids, but mom always gets the last word. The wife's really fat but you can tell the couple still has a terrific sex life. Did you guess "Roseanne"? Close - but no. This is "You Take the Kids," the latest, and baldest, imitation of ABC's hit comedy.
February 10, 2003 |
EVERYONE WITH a magic marker and a bullhorn knows the media is too liberal, too conservative, too homophobic, too pro-Gay, too Zionist, too anti-Semitic, too anti-Arab, too sexist, too ageist, too racist, etc. Well now you can add too "fattist" to the list. Says who? Says Roseanne. Because goodness knows she never got any press. It seems Rosie is ticked because no TV came to cover the Lane Bryant lingerie show (for women size 14 and above) she hosted last week in Manhattan.
July 11, 1997 |
FRIDAY: Channel 6's Phil Andrews sports 36; WJJZ-FM DJ Annie Ashe plays 32. SATURDAY: North Philly's Bill Cosby stars 60; defense attorney Robert Simone cools at 64; teachers union Local 3 president Ted Kirsch negotiates 58. Quick, who's the Scariest Woman Alive? Demi Moore in "G.I. Jane" mode? Ooh, scary. The pneumatic Pamela Anderson Lee? Yipes! That Bond Girl who crushes guys with her thighs? Brrrr! But no. The uninspired readers of Esquire have lamely named Roseanne this year's Scariest Woman Alive, for the mag's August "Women We Love" issue.
March 10, 1998 |
THAT'S LIFE. Channel 6, 9:30 p.m. Turns out Roseanne was right. She always said that she - not the suits, not the writers (and certainly not the ex-husbands) - was the creative force behind "Roseanne. " Those seeking proof need only watch a few minutes of ABC's "That's Life," because as the network's promos never fail to remind us, "That's Life" is from the writers and producers of "Roseanne. " Even those of us who've had trouble repressing our memories of that last lost season - the lottery-win fiasco - can remember the best years of "Roseanne," when it offered something truly original and starkly different from most of the sitcoms on TV. What it offered, of course, was Roseanne.
July 16, 1994 |
This round, Roseanne is backing up her claims of spousal abuse against husband Tom Arnold with pictures. Court documents filed this week include photographs of bruises she says Arnold inflicted during their rocky marriage. Roseanne - who now prefers to go only by her first name - says she withdrew earlier abuse claims because she was afraid of her husband. "I was extremely fearful that if I told (him) I was absolutely positive that I did not want to remain married to him, his threats to kill me would become real," she says in a divorce declaration.
January 5, 1989 |
For the second consecutive week, the ABC hit comedy "Roseanne" has beaten "The Cosby Show" in the A.C. Nielsen ratings. "Roseanne," which came in fifth for the week ended Sunday, posted a 21.2 rating and a 33 audience share, pushing Bill Cosby into sixth place, with a 20.9 rating. Each ratings point represents 904,000 households. The numbers suggest that the era in which Cosby has dominated the Nielsens may be coming to an end. "It may be a little premature," ABC spokesman Herb Worth said, "but we are very happy with the results.
March 4, 1996 |
One more bit of fuss over the last New Yorker mag, the Roseanne-inspired issue that generated both praise and guffaws from readers. The sitcom star had been recruited by editor Tina Brown to work on the Feb. 19 & 26 "women's issue": Roseanne apparently suggested a couple of topics to explore; dropped the names of a few writers she'd like to see in the mag; and posed for a flattering shot by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. Now we learn that Roseanne submitted her own essay for the mag - and it was so awful, even by the New Yorker's celebrity-friendly standards, it never made it to print.
June 10, 1994 |
Tom Arnold may have delivered the coup de grace to his marriage when he pulled an old trick on Roseanne by ambushing her Tuesday in Italy with a National Enquirer crew. He was escorted by her bodyguards to her isle hideaway, where he had an ugly confrontation with one of the guards. He asked her to step outside for privacy and that's when the tab squad attacked. An angry Roseanne berated Tom, and local police asked him to leave the island. COUPLES Elizabeth Taylor's long recuperation from hip replacement surgery is straining her marriage.
January 11, 1990 |
Doing his yearly imitation of the winter groundhog, Mr. Blackwell emerged from Los Angeles obscurity yesterday to give his reading on the worst-dressed women. They are: Cher ("a bag of tattooed bones"), Paula Abdul, Roseanne Barr ("a bowling-alley reject"), Demi Moore, Princess Anne ("lumpy, dumpy amd frumpy"), Kim Basinger ("a parading peep-show"), LaToya Jackson ("Cher for the '90s"), Emily Lloyd, Daryl Hannah and the tandem of Madonna and Sarah Bernhard ("the Mutt and Jeff of MTV: vampy, trampy . . . and cartoon campy.