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Everyone’s Coming Down (on) Rosie…

By Brian | November 29, 2008 | Share on Facebook

Flipping through the on-screen guide just before Thanksgiving, I noticed that Rosie O’Donnell was launching a new variety show on NBC. The originals in this format were all just before my time, but since I never turn off an old Carol Burnett rerun, I hit the “Record” button on my DVR, figuring I’d get back to it at some point.

Well….the reviews are in:

James Hibberd’s The Live Feed: “There’s a notion that the climate is right for the genre to make a comeback. I guess we now know what not to do, thanks to Rosie.”

The New York Times: “Ms. O’Donnell can be very funny, but she didn’t try very hard Wednesday night. . . Lame jokes are part of the holiday variety genre, along with campy production numbers featuring sexy dancers and cute little children. Celebrity score-settling, on the other hand, belongs to the self-obsessed blogging Facebook generation. Ms. O’Donnell, who frequently takes out her frustrations in a video diary on her Web site, would have been better served leaving herself behind and sticking to the classics.”

Matt Roush: “If the TV variety format weren’t already dead, the ghastly ego trip of NBC’s Thanksgiving-eve turkey Rosie Live would surely have killed it.”

LA Times: “‘Rosie Live’ may enter the realm of unsolved mysteries, along with the fate of Amelia Earhart and the design team of the pyramids. O’Donnell was clearly attempting to recapture the uplifting unapologetic wonder of the big Broadway musical and the television variety show. But having a bunch of talented guests does not a terrific show make—you have to actually give them something interesting to do. Otherwise you’re left with, well, a rubber turkey.”

Jeez….now that I know it was that bad, I’ve just got to watch it!

Topics: Primetime TV | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Everyone’s Coming Down (on) Rosie…”

  1. jason says at November 29th, 2008 at 1:48 pm :
    I have something of a soft spot for the old ’70s vintage variety shows. Carol Burnett’s show was genius, of course, and here in Utah it’s practically obligatory to have grown up watching Donny and Marie. I’ve often wondered why the variety show has never made a comeback… you’ll have to let me know if Rosie’s attempt was really that terrible…

  2. FamilyGreenberg.Com - ISBS Review: Rosie Live! - Dead on Arrival says at December 8th, 2008 at 10:07 am :
    [...] that I’d really like to see the show now, just to see how bad it was. And then Jason egged me on. So tonight, I put myself through watched [...]


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