Rosie O'Donnell staging a comeback to daytime TV
Rosie O’Donnell has teamed with syndication vets Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin to develop another daytime talk show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. With The Oprah Winfrey Show preparing to sunset next year, O’Donnell is hoping to launch a new yakker that could conceivably fill the bill in the fall of 2011.
The show will be produced independently by a company that O’Donnell has formed with Robertson and Carlin, two executives which distributed The Rosie O’Donnell Show while working for Warner Bros. Domestic TV. It’s hard to say whether the trio will secure the daytime time slot that Winfrey holds; some of the top ABC stations have already indicated that they plan to run local news programs.
Meanwhile, the NBC owned-and-operated stations recently closed a new deal with Ellen DeGeneres to keep her talk show in daytime through 2014. The deal prevents the ABC-owned stations from attempting to steal DeGeneres away as a replacement for Oprah Winfrey once the latter host goes off the air in September 2011. DeGeneres’ previous deal was set to expire at the same time as Winfrey’s, so there was some thought that Warner Bros. could have incited a bidding war between NBC and ABC.