Skip to comments.Rosie O'Donnell to host "Variety Show" (Thanksgiving for NBC)
Posted on 10/02/2008 5:33:31 AM PDT by tlb
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Rosie O'Donnell is returning to television as host of a live variety show on NBC.
The network will air "Rosie's Variety Show" as an hour-long special the night before Thanksgiving, with an eye toward expansion to a full series should viewers embrace the project.
The special will feature celebrity guests, musical acts, comedy skits and a prize give-away for the show's in-studio and home audiences.
The show's November 26 airdate manages to trump Fox's upcoming variety show starring Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, which is expected to debut in the winter or spring.
For NBC, the project's live aspect is of particular interest, both as a way of distinguishing the product from competitors and to discourage viewers from recording the show for later viewing. NBC has aired "America's Got Talent" results shows live this year and plans a quartet of "Saturday Night Live" primetime specials.
"This will reinvent the idea of what a variety show is for 2008," NBC vice president alternative Craig Plestis said. "There's very few performers willing to put themselves out there live. It makes it more TiVo-proof, and it's something none of the cable networks can do."
Such classic variety titles as "The Carol Burnett Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" were massive primetime hits. Producers and networks have been trying to figure out how to revive the variety show for decades. In 2004, ABC drew viewers with "The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour," but follow-up editions were less successful.
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I can believe that.
Does NBC understand how ratings work at all???
Rosie O’Bese is returning on TV?
The usual time to thaw out a frozen turkey.
Darn, I’ll be at church.
I can bet it won’t be as funny as The Carol Burnett Show or as entertaining as The Ed Sullivan Show.
Is the best television can offer is rehashing the same lass boring fools like Rosie over and over? Are we completely out of fresh talent?
Nov. 26? Perhaps she can ask the president-elect to come down from his lofty throne and give a Thanksgiving message to us little people.
Wow....just when I thought I couldn’t be any MORE disgusted b the news I am reading today...this. *L*
I’m sure this will last about as long as a box of Krispy Kreme’s at her house.
If they can't get a loan for under 10% plus.
That should be a gage of the state of GE.
Man I’m getting sick of having big fat lesbos with faces for radio all over my television!
I’ll probably be banned for saying that.
Suddenly I don't feel so well.
I recall reading in the past that the night before Thanksgiving was the top “evening out on the town” night of the year. If this still holds true,NOBODY will be watching.
Carol Burnett and Ed Sullivan did not build their successful shows by having public meltdowns and insulting more that 50% of their potential audience. Rosie O'Donnell is not a successful model of packaging a product for the general consumer.
Where's GE's stock these days?
In the crapper. I heard Mark Levin talking about how poorly G.E. has done under the current CEO's watch.
Thats one turkey I will let go.
With the no-talent hateful spiteful disturbed O'Donnell as host, that is sure to be the case. Who will watch this train wreck?
No, but she IS a member of the club. People like Rosie and Ellen DeGeneres may be past their expiration date, but they have the entertainment industry equivalent of the Order of Lenin, and it comes with a lifetime pass. Remember the marginalia who were constantly trotted out on shows in the 1950's and 1960's even though nobody could remember what in blazes they had done recently?
Think of it as blacklisting in reverse...
... and turbocharged...
Homo for the Holidays...
The Shrew of Shows
NBC has a mantra, and it’s hard left. Any chance of corporate parent GE reining them in went up in smoke with Warren Buffett propping GE (and their troubled financial division) up with $3B.
Warren is a HUGE Obama fan.
Lets see, beer, football and left over turkey sandwiches or Rosie’s variety show and violently throwing up??? Hmmm what should I choose?
Will we need 16X9 format??? Wide angle TV screens to fit her in the picture???
My favorite song will be, “Home, homo the range; where the dear lezboes remain”...
The public does not want to see a fat and rabid leftist hosting a show. The “fat guy” is supposed to be the sidekick or character the audience symapathizes with.
the only reinventing for nbc putting on this rabid homosexual is to reinvent the family.
Well, there’s a show headed for the trashbin on history.
Make Donald Trump the sidekick.
Who will want to eat on Thanksgiving after losing one’s appetite the night before?
If it gets the in-laws off the couch and out to their car it might have SOME use I guess...
This is good. I will force myself to watch this, vomit out whatever the contents of my stomach happen to be, and then I’ll be good and hungry for the Thanksgiving feast the next day.
Why does the entertainment industry try to keep re-cycling this fat, ugly, most bitter old queer? At least Ellen can be funny sometimes and isn’t as big as an old garbage barge.
I agree with you. There! Let them ban me too.
Steelworkers are reinforcing the stage as we speak.
They’re not sure, however, whether they can get enough steel to have it done in time.
I never thought of that!
I can only imaging Rosie coming out on ice skates like Donnie and Marie used to do ...
The ice gives way and Rosie plunges to her watery death! Ahhh, that would be such a happy holiday!
Rosie’s Liberal/lesbian variety show.
Family Thanksgiving viewing in the new age.
Tall liberals. Short liberals. Fat liberals, skinny liberals.
Old lesbians. Older lesbians. Hairy lesbians. Really hairy lesbians. Noisy obnoxious lesbians.
And one fat, really hairy, older, noisy, obnoxious lesbian she-man.
I assume that is a rhetorical question.
The ratings are going to have to drop to the level of a cable channel before it figures out what the American people want. And, what they don't want is global warming crusades, even on football games, kooky liberal political hacks doing convention coverage, shows that bash religion and fat, militant lesbians doing variety shows on Thanksgiving.
Oh, goody. A choice of the Osbrounes on one variety show or Rosie O’Doublewide on another one. Neither of them could get me to watch. Darn near anything else would be good with me.
This is going to go over like a blubber balloon.
don’t have a TV wide enough to fit her F** A** on it
the first act is “dykes on bikes”
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