'Roseanne's Nuts' says it all

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Roseanne Barr stars in Lifetime Television's all-new series, Roseanne Barr stars in Lifetime Television's all-new series, Roseanne's Nuts, premieres Wednesday, July 13, at 9pm ET/PT, on Lifetime Television. Photo Credit: Mario Perez 2011 Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Premieres Wednesday, July 13, at 9pm ET/PT, on Lifetime Television/Mario Perez

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REVIEW

REASON TO WATCH: It's Roseanne Barr. Anything can happen.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday night at 9 and 9:30 on Lifetime

The onetime sitcom queen, sick of Hollywood, has moved to Hawaii's rural Big Island to run a macadamia nut farm. (Cue "Roseanne = nut farm" jokes.)

The premiere episode is titled "War of the Pigs." (Cue those jokes.) It's Roseanne, and her eight-year squeeze, Johnny, and her grown son, Jake, and some gawking locals, trying to thwart the feral hogs ruining Roseanne's nut crop.

MY SAY Roseanne toting a gun! And Chuck Lorre thought Charlie Sheen was scary. (The producer from Plainview worked and warred on ABC's "Roseanne.")

"I resent that it's a pig, and yet it's smarter than me," Roseanne blurts. "If I can't outsmart a pig, I should just hang it up."

Or maybe just go back to Hollywood and hire a smart producer. (Like Lorre?) "Roseanne's Nuts" isn't awful. It just is. There's "nut" much happening. Roseanne chases pigs. Roseanne cooks dinner. Roseanne watches the sun set. (Which is weird, considering she lives on the island's east side.)

The show sometimes jolts to life when it acts as subversive as her sitcom. When she glories that Hawaii isn't like L.A., Jake laughs and says, "You got eight camera guys here" -- and a wide shot shows the whole show-biz setup.

But Roseanne's sitcom had something salient to say about working-class life, jobs and parenthood. "Roseanne's Nuts" doesn't even illustrate its own title. Whichever way you take it.

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BOTTOM LINE Roseanne's dull.

GRADE C+

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