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Rosie O’Donnell makes her return to daytime television on OWN in Fall 2011. Harpo Studios to produce 130 original hour-long episodes of the new talk show.
Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA — Chicago's Harpo Studios will serve as home to multiple Emmy® award-winning television host Rosie O'Donnell's highly anticipated new talk show for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, it was announced today by Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, presidents, Harpo Studios. O'Donnell's new daily daytime one-hour talk show will be produced by the award-winning Harpo team and tape in the legendary studio that has served as the home of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Rosie O'Donnell makes her return to daytime television in the all-new talk show on OWN in Fall 2011.
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Said Winfrey, "I'm delighted to welcome Rosie to the studio I've called home for so many years. Speaking from experience, she will be working with the best team in television in one of the greatest cities in the world."
"Harpo is a world class studio and I can't wait to do my show from Chicago," said O'Donnell. "It's a dream come true...beyond the beyond."
Said Salata and Logan, "With this announcement, we are opening an exciting new chapter for Harpo Studios. We're thrilled to welcome Rosie to Chicago and look forward to continuing Harpo's legacy of producing award-winning, high quality television."
"We are pleased to have our partners at Harpo producing Rosie's talk show. She is an incredible talent and we can't wait for her show to debut on OWN," said Lisa Erspamer, Chief Creative Officer, OWN.
O'Donnell's new talk show will be executive produced by Rosie O'Donnell and Harpo Studios in association with KidRo Productions, Inc., and SantaBu Productions. Harpo expects to announce an executive producer in the coming weeks.
One of the most successful talk show hosts of the past 15 years, Rosie O'Donnell earned six consecutive Daytime Emmys® for Outstanding Talk Show Host during her years on The Rosie O'Donnell Show. In 2006, O'Donnell replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host and moderator of The View. Today, she can be heard on Sirius XM Radio's Rosie Radio, a daily two-hour show featuring O'Donnell discussing the day's news and events. Additionally, her charitable organization, Rosie's Theatre Kids, offers underserved children arts education enrichment, along with the chance to enjoy Broadway theatre. O'Donnell is an actress, comedian, and the author of several best-selling books.
About Harpo Studios
Harpo Studios is the most successful production company in daytime talk, producing The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Nate Berkus Show, as well as having developed Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray. In addition, Harpo creates and produces original television programming for broadcast, syndication and cable.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN debuted on January 1, 2011, in approximately 80 million homes on what was the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform,Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and www.press.discovery.com/us/own.
Published on March 29, 2011