New Rosie O'Donnell Talk Show May Film in a Broadway Theatre

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Emmy Award winner Rosie O'Donnell's new daytime talk show, which is aiming for a September 2011 debut, may be filmed in a Broadway theatre, according to the New York Times.
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The new show hopes to fill the time slot that will be left available when Oprah Winfrey ends her long-running, award-winning syndicated program. In a statement, O'Donnell said she hopes to "build on what Oprah began and excelled at for 25 years, in my own style and with new adaptations and ideas."

O'Donnell's hour-long show, like Winfrey's, will be dedicated to a single subject, the Times reports.

O'Donnell has teamed with Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin for the syndicated talk show, which will be produced by a company formed by the three.

Robertson told the Times, "[Rosie is] going to do a big, commercial, fun, uplifting show. . . What she did on 'The View' has absolutely nothing to do with this show. . . Rosie's a comedian at her heart. That's very much what's going to ground and direct the material that she deals with, not that there won't be serious subjects."

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.

O'Donnell rose to fame as a stand-up comic before landing roles in such films as "A League of Their Own," "Sleepless in Seattle," "The Flintsones" and "Exit to Eden." Her Emmy-winning talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," ran from 1996 to 2001, and her more recent TV credits include appearances on "Will & Grace" and "Queer as Folk" as well as the made-for-television movie "Riding the Bus with My Sister" and the cable series "Nip/Tuck." She also spent a year as co-host of ABC-TV's "The View."

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