Rosie O'Donnell to return to daytime TV on Oprah's new network

Posted Aug 6, 2010 by Heidi Lowry
Rosie O'Donnell has signed on to host a "fun, uplifting" 1-hour daily talk show that will debut on Oprah's new cable network OWN, which goes on air in 2011.
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In March, the comedienne told the Associated Press she was interested in making a return to television talk. She said she wanted to create a series that would engage audiences and make their lives better. Now, she's found a home for her creative vehicle, and it's with her former ratings rival.
Oprah Winfrey Network executives announced a deal for a new daytime show featuring Rosie O'Donnell late Thursday, but have not yet revealed the new program's title or announced when it is expected to start.
"Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years," Winfrey said in a press release. "She's a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does."
Variety reports that O'Donnell will executive produce along with Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin, who both worked for Time Warner when O'Donnell introduced her first daytime talk series in 1996. It will be shot in New York.
"It's an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network," O'Donnell said in the press release. "I'm excited to be back on daytime television."
O'Donnell's talk show is the second one slated to air on OWN. The other will be hosted by Gayle King, Winfrey's best friend and a former news anchor. OWN was also interested in bringing The Ellen DeGeneres Show to its lineup, but talks with parent company Time Warner were unsuccessful. That show remains in broadcast syndication.
In the past, O'Donnell hosted The Rosie O'Donnell Show, for which she won six Daytime Emmys between 1996 and 2002. She was also briefly a panelist on ABC's The View, but after a tumultuous run, left the series abruptly in 2007. She was replaced with another comedienne, Whoopi Goldberg, who recently made headlines after Real Housewife of D.C. and infamous White House party crasher Michaele Salahi claimed the funnywoman hit her on set.