Don’t call it a comeback… seriously don’t.
NBC had high hopes for resurrecting Rosie O’Donnell’s career this week by letting her star in her very own variety special featuring appearances by Alec Baldwin, Liza Minelli and Kathy Griffin.
NBC was hoping that special would be successful and turn it into a regular series. But apparently it didn’t go well for the Nyack resident on Wednesday after only 5 million viewers tuned in – not a good number for a broadcast network used to getting double or triple that amount for its other shows.
Other networks thinking about creating variety shows of their own were watching Rosie’s show with keen interest.
“There’s a notion that the climate is right for the genre to make a comeback,” one executive said to the Hollywood Reporter. “I guess we now know what not to do, thanks to Rosie.”
Ouch. Even worse, the NY Times said it the show felt like “hokey comedy with an enemies list.” TV Guide called it a “ghastly ego trip.” And the LA Times asked, “Rosie, what on earth were you thinking?”
Poor Rosie. She’s been rejected more times than Steve Urkel propositioning Laura Winslow for a one-night-stand.
Who knows, maybe the CW network is accepting applications.