Is Roseanne nuts? Well, maybe “eccentric” is a better word than “nuts.”
And truth be told, she’s not all that eccentric either, though the title of her new reality show – “Roseanne’s Nuts,” premiering Wednesday night at 9/8c on Lifetime – implies, playfully at least, that Roseanne Barr has a screw loose.
And it’s true that most of us would not buy a macadamia nut farm sight-unseen, as Roseanne claims she did. On the other hand, she’s so rich from her years as one of TV’s top prime-time stars that plunking a few million dollars down on an unexamined nut farm probably doesn’t represent as much of a risk for her as it would for you and me.
This farm is where you’ll find Roseanne if you tune in to sample her new series. It’s in Hawaii, and it either has 2,000 macadamia nut trees – as Roseanne says on the show – or 5,000, as she said Tuesday night when she appeared on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS.
Whatever. If playing fast and loose with the facts is a sign of Roseanne’s eccentricity, then we can accept that from her. On “Roseanne’s Nuts” (and, by the way, if she had only bought a banana plantation, we could have had a show titled “Roseanne’s Bananas!”), you’ll meet her mellow live-in boyfriend, Johnny, and her eldest son, Jake. And you’ll get a peek at her back-to-basics lifestyle, starting with the small bungalow she lives in – a far cry from the Hollywood lifestyle she once led.
The premiere episode of “Roseanne’s Nuts” – which we got to watch, courtesy of Lifetime – has feral pigs running amok on the farm and eating Roseanne’s nuts. So she hires some Hawaiians to trap the animals and get rid of them. The problem is: Roseanne’s not sure she can give the OK for the pigs to be killed.
The pig plotline is a savvy move on Roseanne’s part, since hog-hunting has suddenly become a big subgenre of unscripted television with “Hogs Gone Wild” on Discovery and the upcoming “American Hoggers” on A&E.
For her part, Roseanne has big ambitions for her show. “I saw all these nuts rottin’ on the ground,” she said after describing the health benefits of macadamias to Letterman and “Late Show” co-host-for-the-day Regis Philbin. “And I said, ‘Wow! I could save the world if I [could] just do a reality show!’ ”
“Roseanne’s Nuts” premieres Wednesday night (July 13) at 9/8c on Lifetime.