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Rosie O’Donnell plots return to daytime TV


Rosie O' Donnell seen leaving Good Morning America in NYC after a guest appearance looking all smiles

Rosie O’Donnell is reportedly planning a return to daytime TV that will coincide with Oprah’s exit in 2011. She’s working with two executives that were responsible for her popular talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which aired from 1996 to 2002. The show will be independently produced, and while her last show was a hit there’s a question as to whether this one will even get picked up. Rosie was generally difficult to deal with and caused a lot of controversy in the past few years, particularly with her stint on The View and abrupt exit. Plus her Thanksgiving variety special in 2008 was just awful and tanked in the ratings. If she’s planning something similar, she should let someone else produce and write it.

Rosie O’Donnell’s new domestic TV syndication deal reunites with her two old pals from past lives.

Rosie’s gone into business with Scott Carlin, former head of HBO Domestic Distribution, and Dick Robertson, ex head of Warner syndication. More than a decade ago, Carlin worked with Robertson at Warner TV.

These two are powerhouses. Carlin at HBO was responsible for the sale of “The Sopranos” to A&E, and for the sale of “clean” episodes of “Sex and the City” to stations everywhere.

For Rosie, reuniting with this pair means the promise of big deals as they look to replace Oprah Winfrey in the afternoon slot she’s leaving come 2011. If Rosie returns to a live-feel show from New York, expect big things, too.

One thing she won’t do: put her Sirius radio show on TV. If Rosie’s back, it’s going to be big: Broadway performances, all her friends, and lots of laughs.

[From Fox 411]

I watched Rosie’s show quite a bit back when it aired and she was genuinely funny and friendly with a kind of infectious enthusiasm. The thing is, she’s changed a lot since that time and has become a much more combative and politically charged person. She’s not at all like Ellen, who does bring up issues important to her on the show but presents them in a more positive way. I just don’t think Rosie can bring back her old format because she’s a much grumpier person. Maybe her new romance has helped her tone it down a bit, but I doubt that she’s going to be successful with this venture.

Rosie O' Donnell seen leaving Good Morning America in NYC after a guest appearance looking all smiles

2010 Winter TCA Tour - Day 6


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