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  1. #1 Rosie O'Donnell To Prop Up Oprah Network 
    Rosie to the rescue
    Can she save OWN?


    Last Updated: 11:21 AM, March 30, 2011

    Posted: 12:54 AM, March 30, 2011

    In Rosie she trusts.

    Oprah Winfrey has turned over the hallowed "Oprah" studio to Rosie O'Donnell's upcoming daytime show -- hoping the loud-mouthed lightning-rod can be the savior of Winfrey's struggling OWN cable network.

    O'Donnell's weekday show, premiering this fall, will anchor OWN's daytime lineup. Rosie will move into Studio One -- Oprah's Chicago home for the last 25 years -- shortly after Winfrey tapes the final episode of her legendary talk show, May 25.

    More important, many, if not most, of the current "Oprah" staffers are expected to work on O'Donnell's new show now, according to Harpo Studios co-presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan.

    O'Donnell is under contract to make 130 episodes of her as-yet-untitled show.

    It is now clear that Oprah is investing heavily in Rosie -- giving O'Donnel her top-of-the-line studio and large, high-priced staff -- in hopes that she can turn around the fortunes of her new cable network and create a trademark show for the 3-month-old channel.

    "The good news is that 130 hours of a talk show comes with lots of jobs -- and people ready to fill those jobs," Logan said. "We need people," he added. "We'll be producing almost 300 hours of TV from the same facility."

    O'Donnell herself spoke to what is now effectively her new staff in a closed-circuit video for Harpo employees yesterday.

    "Some of you are going to be sticking around and helping us make a kick-ass show for the Oprah Winfrey Network," she said.

    O'Donnell's new show marks her return to daytime TV, where she's had both soaring success and turbulence over the last 15 years. She hosted the Emmy-winning fan favorite "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" from 1996-2002. In 2006, she joined "The View" for a stormy, one-season stint in which she bickered with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, engaged in a nasty feud with Donald Trump and was voted "The Most Annoying Celebrity of 2007" by Parade magazine.

    Winfrey believes O'Donnell will draw viewers to OWN, which lags far behind its main competitors, Lifetime, Oxygen and WE.
    Reason #457 to never watch OWN.

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    Senior Ape Articulate_Ape's Avatar
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    What are they gonna call the show, "The Final Nail"?
    "The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
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    Senior Member Apache's Avatar
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    Is it possible Oprah thought she was more than she is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
    What are they gonna call the show, "The Final Nail"?
    Rosie makes me want to vomit:mad:
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    so. They're gonna wedge Rosie under the edge of one set? THis channel is dead. Have you seen it? I check it out periodically just to see what PC bilge they're spouting that night. And usually. It is the same thing week by week. They seem to be having a creativity dam.
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