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Rosie Live! - the parade with no balloons

by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 26th 2008 10:04PM
finale of Rosie Live!

I grew up on The Lawrence Welk Show (during visits to my grandmother) and Donny and Marie, so my affinity for the variety show started young. I was always a little bit rock-and-roll, which is why I couldn't help but like the Nick and Jessica Variety Hour specials when they aired several years back; it was in my blood.

So I was curious to check out Rosie Live! tonight. I expected some goofy skits, like from Laugh In (or Nick and Jessica), but instead we got some authentic conversation with the guests, some horribly executed guest visits, some unknown talent that was almost painful to watch and ... show tunes.

I liken Rosie Live! to a parade. You wait through the whole broadcast for those special floats that don't come until the end, and of course for the bigger-than-life balloons. The balloons never came, folks.

I appreciated the little-known talent in some ways. It was very cool of Rosie to give them their big chance, and her giveaways were really generous and fun. I also liked that she chose a small theater, not a big TV studio, as her venue.

Here's a rundown of the show, piece by piece:

She didn't seem very relaxed, for Rosie, who could normally be comfortable in a biker bar or a debutante ball. l liked her persona on her talk show better. The best part of the monologue was the high heels joke.

Liza Minelli duet
I know my grandmother really must be enjoying this number. This one was definitely aimed at the octogenarian audience. It got better when they added the guy backup dancers; we definitely needed another focus.

Alec Baldwin
Yeah, I'm biased, but Alec can do no wrong. Such a natural conversation, seemingly between two friends. I liked it. It was cute when he brought her the door for her special guests, and even when he talked into her cleavage.

Conan O'Brien
Got a pie in the face and that was it. Not really funny, but he's definitely a good sport.

Tap dancing with the kids

Again, my grandmother was definitely "awwww"ing at the screen during this number, from her favorite TV viewing chair. So glad they kept it short ....

The Lumbar Twins
Never heard of them, didn't appreciate them. I get that their feet went really fast, but what they really needed to do was stomp on the fiddlers. And I wrote that before the accordion came out.

Jane Krakowski
She looked healthy, as opposed to the emaciated look she's been sporting on 30 Rock. She's always entertaining and can really belt it out.

Clay Aiken
I just don't know what to say about that.

This couldn't be further from the kind of music I like. He has a nice voice and all, but yuck.

Nancy Grace live feed / Kathy Griffith

If you are someone who knows Nancy Grace and her broadcasts, this may have been funny to you. This show and I don't seem to be on the same plane ....

Harry Connick Junior
I always had a little crush on Harry, and he still looks great. So glad they let him sing, and who doesn't love a Christmas song? One of my favorite parts of the show so far.

Seriously? Part circus, part parade (see above), I just couldn't get into the remixed '80s music with the hula-hooping. Yes, their stomach muscles are superior to mine and they've just shown that on national television.

Lame police officer skit

Funny that they acknowledged the skit was dying within the skit.

Alanis Morissette
You don't have to be a fan to appreciate her amazing voice and talent, world's above any of the previous entertainers who performed tonight. She's a true professional with presence. Thanks for inviting her, Rosie.

Gloria Estefan
So not funny, and she was underused with the corny show tune styled Thanksgiving number. Next time (if there is one), let her sing "I Live for Lovin' You." I'll get up and dance. C'mon, she's more than just elevator music; Gloria Estefan is a real talent, who should never be on stage with dancing food. And I don't mean Rachel Ray.

I'm clearly calling my grandmother tomorrow to see what she thought of Rosie Live!, because even with my unfortunate upbringing, this variety show was not for me.

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I didn't watch the show. I cannot stand Rosie & am wondering what NBC was thinking when they asked HER to do a variety show. As far as the Grandma comments, I am a Grandma & so are millions of other Baby Boomers which make up a huge part of the TV viewing audience and I am wondering why people act as if we do not deserve to be entertained as well. I think the appeal of a variety show concept to the general audience is that we are starved for something wholesome and fun. Rosie & wholesome is an oxymoron for sure. Try it again with another host and guests & maybe then, it will be successful.

November 29 2008 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam M

The show seemed liked it was thrown together in about 15 minutes. And Rosie looked and sounded like some amateur they had just pulled out of a supermarket. It was kind of like watching a car rolling downhill with nobody inside of it. You just hope nobody is going to get killed. Nobody died I guess. Except the hopes of people who wanted to see the variety genre make a comeback.

November 28 2008 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like I didn't miss much and saved myself some DVR space. Too bad - it'd be nice to see a successful variety show in a non-reality context again.

One small thing - it's Ne-Yo, not Neo.

November 28 2008 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harry Bernard

Not ready for prime time, it was "Amateur Night in Dixie".
If they were performing in Vaudeville they would have gotten the hook.

November 27 2008 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seriously?? THIS is what TV Squad is reviewing these days??

I was sticking around to see if there was ANY improvement. No review on 24: Redemption, no reviews on shows like last year...it's just sad.

How the mighty have fallen!!!

Good bye TV Squad. It was fun while it lasted.


November 27 2008 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

We did an Early Look on 24: Redemption:


We didn't do a review after it aired because there wasn't much more to say about it. We'll have reviews of each ep of 24 when the show comes back.

November 28 2008 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I tried to watch during the hockey intermissions but just couldnt when Rozilla began going on about obama, then the gay comments and her little digs on her enemies. NBC thinks she's a life jacket but if they continue with another show like this, they may as well be wearing a brick, it sucked. I'm looking forward to Ellen Degenerous on TBS this Saturday, now she is funny. See ya!!

November 27 2008 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Absolutely unwatchable after 10 minutes. A rival network could have killed it simply by airing an old episode of 'The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour'.
O'donnell has to learn that its not all Rosie, all the time. And the writers who came up w/ the dreck dialogue should be fired. Please lets all hope that this fiasco doesnt kill the idea of bringing back variety shows.

November 27 2008 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

C'mon, quit picking on us grandma's.I am a grandma and found the numbers (actually all of them) you said would appeal to grandma's annoying, amateur and embarassing.
The writing was juvenile. The dance numbers looked like a talent night on a cruise ship. The talent some of her guests do have were not staged and presented well. Why does R have to put herself in every number. What a mess!

November 27 2008 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually like Rosie, but this thing was a piece of crap! I am sad to admit that I watched it! I hope there are no more of these to come?

November 27 2008 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't come up with words to describe how bad this show was. I am speechless.

November 27 2008 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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