Could Rosie Become the Next Oprah? Readers Spar
By The Pop Chorus Posted Mar 28th 2010 02:00PM
Rosie O'Donnell aims to return to daytime TV shortly after Oprah's exit in the fall of 2011 -- with a program sounding suspiciously similar to O's, featuring hour-long, single-topic episodes. "I would like this show to make a difference in people's lives, to be real, uplifting, authentic and focus on life, love and laughter," O'Donnell told the Associated Press.
In light of this, we turned to our ever-growing Pop Chorus to see if they think Rosie might be the new Oprah. After the jump, two of our readers -- both men, interestingly enough -- sound off. One has followed Rosie's highs and lows and believes in her next move; the other thinks Rosie is exactly what daytime television doesn't need.
Rosie's Done Good and Bad -- Maybe Now She Can Be Great
By Peter Gordon
I loved Rosie O'Donnell's last talk show and the freshness it brought to afternoon television. As a middle-aged man, I'm not Rosie's typical audience, but I found myself asking my wife to tape the program for me every day. Rosie clearly had fun hosting the show, and her studio audience, guests and viewers enjoyed themselves as well. I was very sorry when she decided to call it quits.
Sadly, Rosie hasn't done much to endear herself to viewers since. Her short, angry turn on 'The View' was embarrassing, and her prime time variety show, which NBC aired in 2008, was a disaster. My family and I were amongst the few that viewed it, and we sat with our mouths agape like we were witnessing a car crash.
That's why I was glad to hear Rosie plans to return with a serious, one-issue show to potentially replace Oprah. Rosie has had some talk show success, but not nearly the experience Oprah has. Let's remember that Oprah didn't start as a national icon -- she spent years honing her craft in Chicago, and later on-air in syndication, before she dominated afternoon talk.
Perhaps we need to dial down our expectations. No one can really replace Oprah, but Rosie has a better chance than most. I'll be pulling for her.
Right Idea, Wrong Person
By Ryan Merkel
Rosie O'Donnell hosting her own Oprah-type talk show will be a debacle. She's a remarkable comedienne and has a natural celebrity presence, but she is no Oprah. Trying to cash in on Oprah's vacancy from the TV world is a good strategic move, but Rosie is the wrong player. Rosie needs to stick to what she knows -- namely, comedy.
While on 'The View,' Rosie proved she had interviewing talent and a witty way about her. Ironically, Rosie's fallout on 'The View' is the reason I can't take her seriously anymore. She proved to be loud, opinionated and overbearing. Those ingredients don't mix to form a feel-good, listen-to-the-public-and-solve-their-problems type of show. Watching Rosie help a couple of teenagers sort out what it feels like to be different for an hour does not appeal to me. I might watch the first episode, but only out of sheer curiosity, for the same reason someone wants to look at a bus accident -- you really don't want to see, but you know you'll have a good horror story to tell your friends.
The world doesn't need another Oprah. What we need is an Oprah/Ellen love child that will make us laugh and get us to think by bringing important matters into our living rooms each day -- a brand of TV where we get to see the celebrities plug their latest achievements but still focus on the world's issues. I wish Rosie nothing but the best in her endeavors, but this venture is on its way to becoming a colossal mistake.
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