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Rosie O'Donnell to host "Variety Show" (Thanksgiving for NBC)
Hollywood Reporter ^ | Oct 2, 2008 | James Hibberd

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: nbc; rosie; thanksgiving
"This will reinvent the idea of what a variety show is"

I can believe that.

1 posted on 10/02/2008 5:33:34 AM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

Does NBC understand how ratings work at all???


2 posted on 10/02/2008 5:34:59 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: tlb

Rosie O’Bese is returning on TV?


3 posted on 10/02/2008 5:35:26 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: tlb
The network will air "Rosie's Variety Show" as an hour-long special the night before Thanksgiving

The usual time to thaw out a frozen turkey.

4 posted on 10/02/2008 5:35:31 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: tlb

Darn, I’ll be at church.


5 posted on 10/02/2008 5:36:36 AM PDT by arichtaxpayer (We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.)
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To: tlb

I can bet it won’t be as funny as The Carol Burnett Show or as entertaining as The Ed Sullivan Show.


6 posted on 10/02/2008 5:37:39 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: tlb

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?


7 posted on 10/02/2008 5:38:06 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: arichtaxpayer

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.


8 posted on 10/02/2008 5:38:52 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: tlb

Wow....just when I thought I couldn’t be any MORE disgusted b the news I am reading today...this. *L*


9 posted on 10/02/2008 5:40:11 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (For the first time in my adult life, I am really sad to be a voter. Welcome to the USSA.)
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To: tlb

I’m sure this will last about as long as a box of Krispy Kreme’s at her house.


10 posted on 10/02/2008 5:40:37 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: TNCMAXQ
Does GE under current management understand they are in business to make money?

If they can't get a loan for under 10% plus.

That should be a gage of the state of GE.

11 posted on 10/02/2008 5:43:20 AM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: tlb
If Obama wins, this type of show is just the beginning, folks. All those creepy lefties and hollywood supporters will spring out of the woodwork polluting the airwaves with smarmy smugness. Can't wait to turn my set off.
12 posted on 10/02/2008 5:46:27 AM PDT by CanaGuy (Go Harper!)
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To: tlb

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.


13 posted on 10/02/2008 5:47:12 AM PDT by o2bfree
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To: tlb
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.

Suddenly I don't feel so well.

14 posted on 10/02/2008 5:47:51 AM PDT by Ezekiel (Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.)
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To: tlb

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.


15 posted on 10/02/2008 5:48:25 AM PDT by Nekman (By Liberal definition, I'm a RACIST!. You know, I like the sound of that,it has a nice ring to it.)
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To: tlb
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.

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?

16 posted on 10/02/2008 5:49:06 AM PDT by Ghengis (“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television" Joe Biden)
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To: Ghengis
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.

CC

17 posted on 10/02/2008 5:54:24 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative ("Minutum Cantorum, Minutum Baloram, Minutum Carboratum Descendam Pantorum")
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To: tlb

Thats one turkey I will let go.


18 posted on 10/02/2008 5:55:41 AM PDT by truemiester ((If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years))
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To: tlb
"This will reinvent the idea of what a variety show is for 2008," NBC vice president alternative Craig Plestis said.

With the no-talent hateful spiteful disturbed O'Donnell as host, that is sure to be the case. Who will watch this train wreck?

19 posted on 10/02/2008 5:56:50 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: mgc1122
Are we completely out of fresh talent?

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...
...in overdrive...
... and turbocharged...

Mr. niteowl77

20 posted on 10/02/2008 5:57:19 AM PDT by niteowl77 (The niteowl77s: parents who support those who support their soldier.)
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To: tlb
Rosie O'Donnell to host "Variety Show" (Thanksgiving for NBC)

“Homo for the Holidays”...

21 posted on 10/02/2008 6:08:58 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: johnny7

The Shrew of Shows


22 posted on 10/02/2008 6:11:46 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: Abathar

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.

http://www.newsmeat.com/billionaire_political_donations/Warren_Buffett.php


23 posted on 10/02/2008 6:14:22 AM PDT by xDGx
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To: Abathar

Lets see, beer, football and left over turkey sandwiches or Rosie’s variety show and violently throwing up??? Hmmm what should I choose?


24 posted on 10/02/2008 6:15:15 AM PDT by Holicheese (Get up Tom Brady, get up! PLEASE!!)
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To: newfreep

Will we need 16X9 format??? Wide angle TV screens to fit her in the picture???


25 posted on 10/02/2008 6:16:05 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: tlb

26 posted on 10/02/2008 6:16:09 AM PDT by Vasilli22
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To: Vasilli22
Rosie O'Doggy
27 posted on 10/02/2008 6:19:26 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: johnny7

My favorite song will be, “Home, homo the range; where the dear lezboes remain”...


28 posted on 10/02/2008 6:20:44 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: tlb

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.


29 posted on 10/02/2008 6:21:30 AM PDT by LetsRok
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To: tlb

reinvent?

the only reinventing for nbc putting on this rabid homosexual is to reinvent the family.


30 posted on 10/02/2008 6:22:30 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: tlb

Well, there’s a show headed for the trashbin on history.


31 posted on 10/02/2008 6:22:33 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: LetsRok
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.

Make Donald Trump the sidekick.

32 posted on 10/02/2008 6:23:15 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: tlb

Who will want to eat on Thanksgiving after losing one’s appetite the night before?


33 posted on 10/02/2008 6:23:55 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Holicheese
"Hmmm what should I choose?"

If it gets the in-laws off the couch and out to their car it might have SOME use I guess...

34 posted on 10/02/2008 6:26:18 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: tlb

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.


35 posted on 10/02/2008 6:29:28 AM PDT by pineybill (`)
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To: tlb

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.


36 posted on 10/02/2008 6:30:02 AM PDT by biff
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To: tlb
No matter how many times they fail, these grotesque far left pantomimes are never lacking for another job.

Just Hollyweird rewarding those who do the most damage to society.
37 posted on 10/02/2008 6:31:13 AM PDT by Antoninus (Ignore the polls. They're meant to shape public opinion, not measure it.)
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To: o2bfree
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.

I agree with you. There! Let them ban me too.

38 posted on 10/02/2008 6:36:45 AM PDT by shiva
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To: tlb

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.


39 posted on 10/02/2008 6:41:28 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Abathar

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!


40 posted on 10/02/2008 6:45:53 AM PDT by Holicheese (Get up Tom Brady, get up! PLEASE!!)
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To: tlb

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.


41 posted on 10/02/2008 7:10:21 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself)
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To: Abathar
Does NBC understand how ratings work at all???

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.

42 posted on 10/02/2008 7:27:58 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: tlb

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.


43 posted on 10/02/2008 7:33:25 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: tlb

This is going to go over like a blubber balloon.


44 posted on 10/02/2008 7:34:43 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand)
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To: tlb

don’t have a TV wide enough to fit her F** A** on it


45 posted on 10/02/2008 9:23:36 AM PDT by peace with honor
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To: tlb
Great.  Another hour slot just opened up on November 26th.  Sorry, NBC, if you're that stupid, I don't need to tune in.

I note that they are telegraphing that they are so sure that the show is going to have a hard time attracting viewers, that they are going to have to provide prizes to entice them.

Here's a novel idea.  How about providing a good wholesome individual who can introduce good wholesome entertainment?

What prize would be of more value than not having to look at or listen to that woman?  Good luck figuring that one out.



Folks, can we agree to get this FReepathon over with as soon as possible?  Click below to help out.


     

46 posted on 10/02/2008 10:59:22 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain, the Ipecac president... Obama the strychnine president...)
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To: tlb

the first act is “dykes on bikes”


47 posted on 10/02/2008 11:27:48 AM PDT by Fedupwithit (Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15)
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