OWN Cans The Rosie Show



OWN announced today the cable network is bidding farewell to The Rosie Show, after just five months. The talk show was met with high expectations, as former talk show titan Oprah Winfrey and the controversial Rosie O'Donnell teamed up for the venture. Instead, the chatfest averaged a sluggish 200,000 viewers since it debuted in October 2011.

 See the full press release after the jump.

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK ANNOUNCES THE FINALE OF  ‘THE ROSIE SHOW’

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today “The Rosie Show,” the daily talk show hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell, will tape its final show on Tuesday, March 20, and the final episode will air on Friday, March 30 (7-8 p.m. ET/PT).

“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey.  She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day,” said Oprah Winfrey. “As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience.  I’m grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all.”

“I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago,” said Rosie O’Donnell.  “I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. It was a great year for me - I wish the show was able to attract more viewers - but it did not.  So I am headed back to my home in New York - with gratitude.  On we go!”

“The Rosie Show” (Monday-Fridays, 7 p.m. ET/PT) debuted on OWN October 10, 2011 and was on the air for five months.  “The Rosie Show” is produced by Harpo Studios in association KidRo Productions, Inc. and SantaBu Productions.


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I guess Kim Zimmer can stop waiting by the phone for her re-booking after her appearance was shelved last fall. Wink

I enjoyed Rosie's show. It improved when she ditched the studio audience and she started doing the one-on-one interviews. Too bad it didn't have a chance to find its audience, but c'est la vie.

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Aww, sad... love her

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Darn it. I liked the show, especially after Rosie changed the format to one on one. I know Rosie was missing being away from her kids and the ratings weren't the best. I really want to support Oprah's network, but there just isn't much programming that appeals to me. I still think she should have revived "Generations" with Victoria Rowell playing Jonelle Allen's role of Doreen Jackson.

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An excerpt from Roger Friedman's article about Rosie:

Meantime, who knows what OWN will fill all that time with now that both Rosie and Gayle King are gone? They should have bought up the ABC soap operas, frankly. I don’t think there’s much room or tolerance left for any more cooking or home remodeling shows. So far Oprah has proven only that people want to watch her–which is fine–interviewing superstars or their families–even if she to pay fees to get them.

See the whole article here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerfriedman/2012/03/17/rosie-odonnell-has-...

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Couldn't happen to a more deserving person. She went from being a genuinely warm and great hostess on her own show to a raving mean vindictive @#$%B.

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I love Rosie. She needs a show stat. Watched her the other night filling in for Piers Morgan and she was great. We want her back somewhere.

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Well, how many ways can we say, "WE TOLD YOU SO!!" Oprah, you would have had an instant audience had you gone the ABC soap opera route. That would have been a built in audience for your other shows. You could have promoted your talk shows endlessly on your soaps and we would have checked them out.

Rosie will always land on her feet and you have enough money to do whatever you want for the rest of your life. An Oprah network catering to women and the traditional daytime audience would have killed. We like you, Oprah. We really, really like you. We would have followed you anywhere had you given us what we wanted. Sigh . . .

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I love Rosie and I enjoyed her show. It failed quite simply for one reason, it was on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. After Oprah belittled and insulted MILLIONS of soap opera and daytime fans (who have very long memories), there's pretty much no one left that will watch ANYTHING on her network!! It's too bad Rosie didn't take her show to a major network (she had the offers) where it would have stood a chance of success!!!

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@Oprah cannot afford the soaps people! She does not have that kind of money.

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Thank uou David. Oprah is just the figure head for the network. Its Discovery Networks money.Oprah did not put any of her money into OWN. Discovery Networks are the ones dictating budget and funds, Not Oprah. I agree Oprah coulda maybe been more tactful on that video but there is no way OWN could have produced those soaps as ABC had. Plus look at the discovery Channelschedules, soaps dont fit

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I have yet to see ANYTHING Oprah has done that belittled or insulted soapfans.

Jesus above knows there are some of them that deserve a little belittling and insulting!!!

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I agree, SoapArmageddon. She just spoke the truth, but some fans just can't handle the truth.

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TVGord, it is soooo good to have you back.

A Voice of Reason.

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Thanks, SA. I wasn't sure I'd be welcomed back by many Wink , so that means a lot! Smile

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People are still whining about Oprah not saving the soaps? I miss AMC and OLTL too. But they're gone. It's time to let it go. Also, stop trying to tell someone else how they should and should not spend their money. Oprah didn't want to save them. Get over it. There are more important things in life.

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@:Everyone: Here are the things soap fans needs to remember:

1. ABC owns the rights to all their soaps. They are not going to sell the rights to those soaps without charging one more then they are worth.

2. Oprah is just at the 1 billion mark in financial well-worth. She is at the tail end of the Billionaires Club. There are people with 30 to 40 billion would financially be able to wrestle control or buy the rights to a TV program if they wanted to do so.

3. OWN is apart of the Mouse House entertainment conglomerate. So they were not going to move around their programming from network to network. So if it was gone from ABC it was not going to appear on another one of their channels.

4. If Soapnet had been a success then all the ABC soaps would have eventually moved there. That was the one and only shot Disney was going to give the genre.

5. When Prospect Park was giving a 10 year licensing rights to both AMC and OLTL Disney only agreed under the rules that there they would share in the profits received aka profit sharing. Yet Disney did not put up any capital (money) or offer to match any dollar amount raised by PP. So PP was on their own to try and come up with the money it would take to continue producing these two soaps and Disney would just sit back and reap the financial benefits if there were any in the end.

So there you have it.

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I think the reasons why fans are mad at Oprah is cause at that time, we were faced with losing our soaps, and Oprah. I for one thought the same way millions of people did...Oprah may be able to help. Sometimes when people are faced with a crisis, thinking straight and intelligently does not happen. We all wished it could have gone differently. The whole thing was a bust from the minute it was announced that they were canceled. But I could understand some fans just cant accept it. We are not all built the same way. I have patience and understanding for that.

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Oprah isn't using her own money to develop shows for OWN. She's using Discovery Channel. A board of directors, plus the senior execs would have had to sign off on any licensing deal. The soaps were far to expensive for not just OWN, but any upstart cable channel to take on. Those shows cost $100 million annually to produce. That's almost half of Discovery's initial investment in the channel. It wasn't realistic to ask Oprah to "save the soaps." She loved them as a fan, and supported them often, but she didn't owe them anything.

If anything, people should be mad at ABC Family, a much more financially solvent cable channel, like AMC and OLTL owned by ABC, that actually might have had more money to play with. Just because Oprah has a massive personal fortune, doesn't mean she should just sink tons of it into a risky venture.

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Soo much word David & Jamey!

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I liked the new format too, should have given it more time Sad