You’d be hard-pressed to find a more iconic television mom than Roseanne Barr. Star of the legendary sitcom Roseanne, Barr redefined the presentation of mothers on television. Roseanne’s latest program Momsters: When Moms Go Bad premieres Friday, November 28 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery with back-to-back episodes.
Tell us why you wanted to host this show on Investigation Discovery.
It’s got everything, and by everything I mean real-life rogue Moms you won’t believe and their treacherous, manipulative behavior! That’s the short answer, but really I like that this show turns the cliché of the unselfish, ‘Goody Two-Shoes’ mother on its head. In my way, I did the same thing with Roseanne and I’m grateful that people found my approach fun and refreshing. Of course, my show was a sitcom, and I didn’t do anything close to what the women on Momsters try to get away with.
What do you love most about watching Investigation Discovery?
It’s real. TV dramas about crime investigation and high-tech forensics have been trending for a long time, but the cases on ID aren’t fiction. That makes it SO cool and compelling. I mean these moms and their stories are hard to believe, but they’re TRUE!
Which of the shocking stories from the Momsters made your jaw drop?
It’s hard to play favorites because every case has been chosen for its unique impact. I don’t want to give anything away. Most mothers would never try to pull the capers you see on Momsters: When Moms Go Bad. They may push and prod their kids and try to pull some strings or level the playing field, but the “Momster” moms? There’s a reason why the full title is Momsters: When Moms Go Bad. You HAVE to watch!
You of course created, produced and starred in the hit show, Roseanne for 9 years. Do you have an episode or season you are most proud of?
I’m going to have to respond like I always do to questions of the “What-was-your-favorite?” variety. As it all unfolded, the seasons were like chapters in a book; each one played its part in telling a terrific story. I’m proud of the whole experience and the wonderful people I shared it with.
Stars such as Joan Collins, Sharon Stone and Loretta Lynn guest starred on Roseanne. Who was your favorite guest star you ever had on?
Can I say, “See the previous answer?” I’m not being lazy or coy, honest — it’s just that calling any of the brilliant, creative people I was lucky enough to work with my favorite would be a slight to all of the others. I can honestly say that every one of the fantastic guest stars I was lucky enough to have on the show brought their own unique excitement and fun to the party.
You have an Emmy and Golden Globe, where do you keep your awards?
They’re in my office at home, right now. At times, they’ve been in the living room, too. I pick them up now and then and move them a little to make sure they’re real. I have to say, though, that there’s a special pride and satisfaction I feel when I look at my Peabody Award. I mean, I’m still humbled when I read and consider the words, “The Peabody Award recognizes distinguished public service in radio and television that reflect excellence in quality rather than popularity.” What can I add to that? I’m so appreciative for receiving that, and all the prestigious honors.
What TV shows on now do you love to watch?
Well, of course I’m a big fan of all things ID. I’m not just plugging the network because of my hosting duties on Momsters: When Moms Go Bad. I’ve said it for years — I’m addicted, and I don’t want to quit! I’ve also become a big fan of Cristela. I love her, and the show is funny AND really saying things about class, women in the workplace, and family in real-world America — all things that I’ve always felt deeply about and tried to shine a light on when I’ve been given the opportunity. I was flattered when I was offered a chance to appear in an episode. It was a blast, and I hope people like it.
Momsters: When Moms Go Bad premieres Friday, November 28 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery