In time for Thanksgiving, Rosie O'Donnell will present viewers with her own live variety show.
Graduating from "The View", talk host Rosie O'Donnell is set to have a TV show solely to her own. A live variety show, aptly called "Rosie's Variety Show", is developed by NBC for a try out premiere on the night before Thanksgiving (November 26).
The concept of the show is to have celebrity guests, musical acts, comedy skits and prize give away for both the studio and home audiences. "This is a genre that everybody is anticipating is going to come back," said David Friedman, the executive producer of the show along with O'Donnell. "Rosie sort of invented the daytime variety show. Without question, Rosie is the right person to bring this back."
The idea of bringing it live comes as a new market strategy that appeals to nowadays viewers. "This will reinvent the idea of what a variety show is for 2008," NBC vice president alternative Craig Plestis said. "There's very few performers willing to put themselves out there live. It makes it more TiVo-proof, and it's something none of the cable networks can do."