TITLE

A Rose Without Thorns?

PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
Time;8/4/2003, Vol. 162 Issue 5, p61
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Entertainment Review
ABSTRACT
The former star of the No. 1 sitcom "Roseanne" once claimed to have more than 20 personalities. And on her new reality show--about her attempt to get yet another show, a cable cooking series, on the air--we meet several.The reality series is called "The Real Roseanne Show," though it's probably pointless to ask the real Roseanne to please stand up amid this crowd. But at least we know what her name is. The woman who began as acerbic housewife-comedian Roseanne Barr became Roseanne Arnold during her stormy marriage to luckiest-man-in-show-biz Tom Arnold, then dropped her surname altogether is now Barr again--a concession to the fact that she's no longer famous enough for a uninym. So is this: after losing her sitcom, then losing a talk show after a two-year run--her agency even fired her--she realized that if she was ever going to work in TV again, she was going to have to shed her bad-boss rep and learn to be (gulp) nice. "Real Roseanne" introduces Barr's family and hangers-on, including son Jake and son-in-law Jeff, TV neophytes who will help produce her cable cooking show. That Barr's comeback plan involves slinging salsa on basic cable only adds poignancy.
ACCESSION #
10376300

 

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