Those jokes are well and good, says Dungey, but in Season Two the focus will move away from politics.
Kimmel lamented that people would not be able to see a fourth season of ABC's recently-canceled "Quantico". The cast includes Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Alicia Goranson, Sarah Chalke, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey.
"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 during the network's upfront presentation after the call, according to TheWrap.
"We at ABC have not had as much success with [multi-cam comedies] traditionally as competitors", she said. "If anyone came to play a drinking game for the number of times we mention Roseanne", he said from the stage, "you're welcome".
Earlier today at the ABC upfront presentation, master of ceremonies Jimmy Kimmel took a shot at the network's failure with Marvel's Inhumans.
ABC seems to be clinging to elitist disdain for the heartland even after proclaiming an outreach to these benighted souls.
Roseanne, which features Barr as a Donald Trump supporter (as she is in real life), earned 18 million overnight viewers after its premiere in March and became a political flashpoint as United States President Trump endorsed - and took credit for - the show's success. "The power of shows such as "Roseanne" and "black-ish" rests in their ability to creatively appeal far beyond their base targets", Tiedje said. And while the stars of those two shows may have raised some eyebrows with their conservative bent, Black*ish producer Kenya Barris may be too liberal for ABC.
Dungey also addressed the controversy over a joke made on "Roseanne" in an April episode.
He added, "I think that one of the things that was fresh for us with "Roseanne" on the air is that it is focusing (on) a family that is in a different economic status than some of the other family comedies that are on the air".
But if you prefer not to watch shows that make a song and dance about heated topics of the day, ABC has a spin-off on Sundays called Dancing With The Stars: Juniors.
Despite its ratings gains, ABC has a ways to go.
The 50-year-old has hosted 15 out of the last 16 annual ABC upfronts - only missing last year's event to look after his son following the newborn's heart surgery. We can't lose Fox and [Grey's Anatomy producer] Shonda Rhimes in one year.