Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall

Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall
This image released by ABC shows Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman in a scene from the comedy series "Roseanne." Expect "Roseanne" to cool it on politics and concentrate on family stories when it returns for the second season of its revival next year. ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey noted that as the first season went on, the focus shifted from politics to family. She said that direction will continue next season. (Adam Rose/ABC via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale” are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable.

But if you’re feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.

The upcoming TV season will bring more sitcom nostalgia in the “Roseanne” and “Will & Grace” mode, and more heartwarming dramas taking a circle-of-life page from “This Is Us.”

As once-mighty broadcast ratings continue to be shredded by media alternatives, the networks are going where viewers are pointing them.

Network executives say broadcasting remains the “big tent” for all viewers.