Rosie O’Donnell will debut new show on Oprah Winfrey network

August 6, 2010

Rosie ODonnell lands new show on Oprah network[ChattahBox] – Love her or loathe her, Rosie O’Donnell has been a fixture on television for more than two decades, and now she and Oprah Winfrey have signed a deal that will see Rosie back on our screens.

Rosie, 48, was scheduled to start a new talk show later this year, but she and the big ‘O’ have now agreed that the show will air instead on ‘OWN’ – the new cable network which Oprah is launching. And the mutual schmooze-fest has started already;

“Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years,” Winfrey gushed at Variety. “She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does.”

And Rosie returned the nose-tinting opinion:

“It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network,” O’Donnell enthused. “I’m excited to be back on daytime television.”

This will be the first time Rosie’s had a real job on TV since she left ‘The View in September of 2007, and her first talk show since “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” closed in 2002.  The new show will be on every weekday, and be shot in New York with a live audience.

But this switch to cable surprises few TV insiders – Most stations were reluctant to carry a show starring O’Donnell after she made her last talk show a political soap-box, then got slammed by the press for her outspoken time on ‘The View.’ With Ellen’s show also renewed in most states Rosie’s options were scarce, and cable was seen as her only solution.

Oprah also tried to get Ellen to move her show onto ‘OWN.’ but the host has rejected her offer.

And Rosie is not alone in exploring the joys of playing for cable – After being a fixture on network TV for decades, Martha Stewart has now made the switch and is prepping a new show for Hallmark.


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