Often controversial host Rosie O’Donnell is looking to return to daytime as an option for local stations when The Oprah Winfrey Show leaves the airwaves.
O’Donnell hosted her first daytime program, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, from 1996 until 2002. It won numerous awards, including five consecutive Emmys for the host. Episodes of the feel-good chat series focus on celebrities, Broadway shows, children and charitable organizations.
After being off the small screen for five years, she returned as a co-host of The View and brought lots of politics and opinions into the “hot topic” discussions. The ratings went up but that stint only lasted one year due to her not being able to come to a consensus with ABC on the length of a new contract.
Most recently, O’Donnell has been hosting Rosie Radio, a daily two-hour show on Sirius XM Radio.
Now, O’Donnell is looking to return to television on a regular basis and is partnering with syndication veterans Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin who worked on her 1990s show. Robertson worked as the president of Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution for 17 years. Carlin worked under Robertson for almost 20 years before spending time as the head of HBO Domestic Distribution.
It’s too early to tell but, with the talented team behind it, a new Rosie O’Donnell show could very well be the hot contender to replace Oprah in the fall of 2011.
What do you think? Would you be interested in watching a new O’Donnell daytime series? Do you think it would get big ratings or a quick cancellation?