She also said it was "unclear at the moment" whether additional episodes would be ordered for the new season.
Though on the call, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey pointed out that the pilot featured the most politics, as Roseanne faced off with her liberal sister, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf). "That said, having touched on it in the first episode of the season, I think when you look on subsequent episodes of the run, the focus is not really on politics and much more on family and the everyday trials and tribulations that the family faces that still bring them together". Some viewers interpreted the joke as a shot at ABC's Black-ish and Fresh off the Boat. "They're just like us".
"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.
The network executive said ABC tries to tell as many different stories as possible and Roseanne fits that mandate because it shows a struggling, Midwestern family, facing different challenges than the wealthier characters in some its sitcoms like black-ish and Modern Family. "There, now you're all caught up". "I do think there's a little bit of that, yes", she agreed.
Dungey said she was "suprrised at the reaction" to the joke. "We felt like the writers were simply tipping the hat to those shows, and it certainly wasn't meant to offend".
Dungey says ABC stands firmly behind Barris and allows him to creatively express anything he feels is worth putting out.
Dungey made the comments shortly after ABC unveiled its new fall schedule which has Roseanne back in the fall for 13 episodes.
And, as one reporter asked, does Dungey think that Barr's outside political opinions are coloring how people perceive the content of the show?