Ready for the return of Rosie?
The former Queen of Nice, who then sort of transformed into the Duchess of Grouchiness, is returning to TV on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on Monday, Oct. 10. The Rosie Show will air weekdays at 7 p.m. on the network, and will cover “current events, spotlight hometown heroes and newsmakers, showcase the arts, celebrate kids and families, as well as feature well-known and upcoming talent.”
UPDATE: O’Donnell took the stage here at the TV critics press tour, and really won over the tough crowd. (Really!) She explained her new show would only have one celebrity per episode, along with a comedy bit and some kind of game. Asked if the show would be controversial and/or tackle a lot of LBGT issues, O’Donnell said her focus was to be fun and entertaining. She did, however, add: “If we were on in last few months, I’m sure we’d have somebody talking with us about the fascination with the Casey Anthony trial when there are many other children tortured and killed every day.”
O’Donnell said she came very close to signing with a broadcast network for a talk show, but NBC’s treatment of Conan O’Brien and her longtime wish to work with Oprah Winfrey swayed her to join OWN. “I was just about to sign a deal with a broadcaster when Oprah got the wind of it,” she said. “We talked for about four hours. She asked [why I wanted to do a show with OWN] and I said, ‘Because it’s you. And you may not get you, but I’m 50 and half my life I’ve gotten her.’ It’s a huge stamp of approval beyond anybody’s dream. It’s almost like being knighted.”
That said, O’Donnell said she doesn’t think of herself as an inspirational figure like Winfrey. “[Nobody is saying], ‘If only I could be Rosie O’Donnell, an overweight lesbian who yells too much.'”