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Rosie O'Donnell Takes Over Oprah's Studio, 'Mad Men' Return Pushed to 2012 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 29th 2011 11:30AM
Rosie O'Donnell, Oprah WinfreyRosie O'Donnell is taking over Oprah Winfrey's stomping grounds. O'Donnell will tape her new OWN daytime talk show on Winfrey's sound stage when the daytime queen ends her reign on May 25.

Yes, O'Donnell is heading to Chicago. "There is an enormous personal respect and value to that little bit of real estate to Oprah," Sheri Salata, president of Harpo Studios, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I think it's safe to say they have an excellent relationship."

O'Donnell made the announcement to Harpo staffers via video.

The new series will be less celebrity-driven than O'Donnell's previous daytime gig. Instead, the series will tackle real issues that affect everyday people.

In other TV news ...

'Mad Men' won't be on TV until early 2012. Contract negotiations between AMC and creator Matt Weiner have broken down, forcing the delay in premiere. [Deadline]

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will take on 'Vietnam' in a new documentary. 'Vietnam' will be between 10 and 12 hours and broadcast in 2016. [Deadline]

David O'Russell will guest star on 'Gossip Girl.' What will 'The 'Fighter' director be doing? Nobody knows ... yet. [Vulture]

Michael Rosenbaum has received a script deal from Fox. Rosenbaum had previously set up a project at Syfy, but it didn't take off. [Deadline]

'Heroes' veteran Cristine Rose and John Rothman are heading to 'Private Practice.' The actors will play Cooper's parents. [TV Guide]

Bravo is heading to 'Dallas.' No, not for a new 'Real Housewives' series, but for 'Most Eligible: Dallas,' a dating reality show. The docuseries will follow socialites in the Texas city. [Variety]

Animal Planet is launching its first food series. The network ordered 12 episodes of 'Sweet Avenger,' a series about a vegan baker. [Hollywood Reporter]

Wendie Malick will star in and produce a new Hallmark movie, 'Wild Horse Annie.' Malick will play Velma Johnston, an animal activist who campaigned to protect wild horses. [Hollywood Reporter]

TNT is eying 'ER' guru John Wells' series 'Gimme Shelter.' The series was originally developed by CBS with Sissy Spacek in the lead role, but it never got to series. TNT is reportedly looking at the series, but the cast members have all been released from their contracts. [Deadline]

'Superbad' director Greg Mottola will helm Aaron Sorkin's cable news drama at HBO. Mottola's most recent film is the alien comedy 'Paul.' [Deadline]

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Elizabeth Dudley

Rosie is despised for one thing: her ability to exploit any opportunity for publicity, even bad press. I bet that this no-talent comedian would exploit the recent Tsunami, Earthquake in Japan, if she could get away with it. If Oprah wants her network to become a big nasty circus, she got her wish.

April 10 2011 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chris Brown violently beat his girlfriend and almost threw a chair through a window, and Rosie argues that “the host is to blame for his outburst, the media hate Chris cause he is black.” Yeah, someone who still thinks that “Ching Chong is an actual Chinese accent have the right to lecture others about racism. So the distaste has to do with her ugly personality. But if I have to say one good thing about her; O’Donell encourage me to put down the remote and go more 5 mile jog.

April 06 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone still have the desire to watch Rosie O'Donnell? This is a legitimate question. Every time her name pops up, I see nothing but snark and distaste for her in the article comments.

March 29 2011 at 6:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Well, the chairs are already steel-reinforced, so that's the perfect studio to move Rosie into.

March 29 2011 at 3:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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