A Rose Without Thorns?

On her new reality series, Roseanne Barr wants very much to become nice--and a TV star again

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. There's the imperious diva, legendary for throwing tantrums and firing employees. There's the woman on a "spiritual journey," who asks a cabalistic rabbi to analyze the faces of applicants for a producing job. There's the coddled Hollywood loony (see previous sentence). There's the insecure self-doubter, the self-described "genius" and the cake-baking hausfrau.

The reality series (ABC, Wednesdays, 9 p.m. E.T., starting...

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