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Posted by Andrew Roman on November 27, 2008

What is this nation coming to?

When an angry, radical, left-wing, hateful, alienated “used-to-be-someone” lesbian puts together a network television variety show, and no one watches, what can we conclude?

(That there is some hope – cursory as it may be – that civilization as we know it can be salvaged?)

Over at James Hibberd’s Live Feed blog:

The network’s attempt to revive the primetime variety show failed to draw an audience Wednesday night, tying for the evening’s lowest-rated program.

A mere 5 million viewers tuned in for the 8 p.m. premiere of “Rosie Live,” with the program earning a 1.2 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. The telecast matched ABC’s recently canceled “Pushing Daisies” as the night’s lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.

NBC had high hopes for the special and planned to expand the program into a series should viewers re-embrace the decades-old variety format. Other networks, too, were watching closely since several are developing variety shows of their own.

“There’s a notion that the climate is right for the genre to make a comeback,” emailed one executive at a rival network. “I guess we now know what not to do, thanks to Rosie.”

I’m not sure how this didn’t shatter Neilsen records and spawn a line of Rosie-brand product lines, like action-figures and ear wax removal medicines.


Segments included Kathy Griffin impersonating Nancy Grace, Alec Baldwin hitting Conan O’Brian with a pie, O’Donnell singing “City Lights” with Liza Minnelli and Jane Krakowski doing a product-placement-themed striptease for White Castle burgers and Crest Whitestrips.

Critics were not kind. The NY Times described it as “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?”

There are plenty of things to give thanks for.

That this show will not be picked up by anyone anywhere at any time for any reason (I presume) is one of them.



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