Rosie O’Donnell to Develop Series for Logo Channel

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Rosie O’Donnell, who recently completed a run as Golde in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, will develop a sketch-comedy series with and for the Logo channel, whose target audience is the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
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The Hollywood Reporter says that the program is currently titled “Simply Sketch” and will feature a cast of rising stars that will offer musical numbers, political satires and commercial and movie parodies. Episodes of the new series will also feature appearances by those celebrities who are “friends of the LGBT community.”

Dan MacDonald and Joe Del Hierro, who head Oh Really! Productions, will produce the show with O’Donnell. Former writers and producers of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” will also be involved with the project.

Eileen Opatut, the senior vice-president of original programming at Logo, told the industry paper, “Given the range of creative personalities in New York and Hollywood, we’re going to take the sketch-comedy genre into brand-new territory.”

“Simply Sketch” is scheduled to begin later this year.

Logo, which targets the LGBT community, premiered this past June and is currently available in nearly 20 million homes. Fiddler on the Roof marked Rosie O'Donnell's third Broadway outing. The actress made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the 1994 revival of Grease!, and she played a limited engagement as the Cat in the Hat in the Ahrens-Flaherty musical Seussical. 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." O'Donnell is married to Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell; the couple has four children. O'Donnell's autobiography is titled "Find Me."

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