Get ready for Barr vs. “Big Brother.”
Setting up one of the most competitive reality battles of the summer, ABC has slotted its much-anticipated Roseanne Barr reality show Wednesdays at 9 p.m. beginning Aug. 6. Alphabet will air two half-hour episodes back-to-back each week through mid-September, keeping the 9-10 p.m. slot warm for the fall return of “The Bachelor.” The web will announce the plan today.
ABC’s move puts “The Real Roseanne Show,” as the skein has been dubbed, in direct competition with the fourth season of CBS’ reality hit “Big Brother” and Fox’s buzzworthy newcomer “Paradise Hotel.” Latter two skeins will have already been on the air for at least a month when “Roseanne” rolls out, potentially making it tougher for the ABC skein to find its aud.
On the other hand, Alphabet may figure it has its own 800-lb. gorilla with Barr (who recently decided to begin using her last name again) and that she’ll be able to bring her fan base to the timeslot. In addition, Barr’s skein plays more like a comedy, while “Brother” and “Paradise” are sudsier.
Segs of “Roseanne,” from Actual Reality Pictures and Full Moon & High Tide Prods., will include a reunion with former sitcom co-star John Goodman and frequent visits from her on-call rabbi Drew. The season finale of “The Real Roseanne Show” will mark the start of Barr’s new ABC Family cooking/variety skein.
ABC is also using “The Real Roseanne” to boost “The Family,” which will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. starting Aug. 6. “Family” bowed last spring but was pulled after three episodes after the net realized it had tried to launch too many reality shows at once.
A two-hour recap of the first three segs of “The Family” will air Wednesday, July 30, from 9-11 p.m. Skein comes from Buena Vista Prods. and Shapiro/Grodner Prods.