Rosie O’Donnell is heading to the new Oprah Winfrey Network.
OWN, the joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications, announced late Thursday that O’Donnell’s previously announced new gabfest – originally targeted toward broadcast syndication – would bow next year on the cabler instead.
“Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years,” said Oprah Winfrey. “She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does.”
Show marks O’Donnell’s return to TV, having last served as a moderator on ABC’s “The View.” It also reps O’Donnell’s return to the daytime talk show race, having hosted her syndicated “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” between 1996 and 2002.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network,” said Rosie O’Donnell. “I’m excited to be back on daytime television.”
O’Donnell will exec produce the show along with former Warner Bros. syndication execs Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin, now of SantaBu LLC Inc. New show, a daily one-hour strip, will be shot in New York.
OWN has been aggressively looking for talk content, having made an earlier offer to Warner Bros. to move “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to the channel. “Ellen” continues in broadcast syndication, however.
Read the backstory of how the new Rosie show came into existence here.