O'Donnell's new talk show for OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, will be filmed at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios, where "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is currently taping its final season.
In a video message that was recently shown to the Harpo staff, O'Donnell said, "Hello people of Harpo, it's me, Rosie O'Donnell, star of 'The Flintstones.'...I just wanted to say: Hi, I'm coming to Chicago. Yes, I am, and I'm thrilled about it. And I get to work with all of you, who have created magnificent television for two decades-plus...It's a huge thrill for me, and I'm beyond the beyond. And thank you, Oprah. And thank all you people there, some of you who are going to be sticking around and helping us make a kick-ass show for the Oprah Winfrey Network. And that's it: Thrilled, thanks, and I hope I didn't blow the surprise. Figure you already knew. Right?"
The new hour-long talk show is scheduled to launch this fall.
Rosie O'Donnell made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the 1994 revival of Grease!, played a limited engagement as the Cat in the Hat in the Ahrens-Flaherty musical Seussical, and portrayed Golde in the recent revival of Fiddler on the Roof. The performer also spent some time on the other side of the footlights as producer of the Broadway version of Boy George's Taboo.