Rosie O’Donnell Plans Return to Daytime TV
When Oprah announced she’d be ending her daily talk show in 2011, she created a big hole in daytime TV. Will Rosie O’Donell be the person to fill the gap? People love to hate Rosie O’Donnell, but her Emmy-winning syndicated show was a huge hit that lasted seven seasons, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s plotting a return to the daytime screen.
Rosie, who turned 48 just yesterday, has teamed with syndication veterans Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin for another syndicated talk show. The show, which Rosie will host, is looking to launch in the fall of 2011 (just around the time that Oprah will turn in her crown).
But can Rosie really replace Oprah? Probably not. Some of the top ABC stations, including those in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, already have said they plan to place news/local programs in Oprah’s old timeslot. In addition, the ABC stations carried The Rosie O’Donnell Show and grew increasingly uncomfortable towards the end of the show’s run as it became more controversial and political.
The fact that Rosie is producing the show outside of the studio system shows that she doesn’t want to censor herself, which could mean more of the strong political views and attacking style that ruffled feathers on The View. Insiders say her show might be better suited for cable.
Would you watch Rosie’s new show? I always liked her old one!