Two of TV’s biggest talkers are joining forces, in what could become a daytime double “O” threat.
Rosie O’Donnell’s new talk show has been picked up by Oprah Winfrey’s new cable network, it was announced Thursday.
O’Donnell will make her return to daytime with a daily talk show on the OWN network that will be “a fun, uplifting show with Ms. O’Donnell’s playful and energetic style.” It’s scheduled to debut sometime in 2011.
“Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years,” said Oprah Winfrey in a statement. “She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does.”
Winfrey will end her own talk show after 25 years to focus on the launch of her cable network, targeted for January 2011.
And Rosie, who won six Emmys during her reign on ‘The Rosie O’Donnell Show’ from 1996 to 2002, is “excited” to get back to work.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network,” Rosie O’Donnell says. “I’m excited to be back on daytime television.”