Skip to comments.Rosie Live, Dead on Arrival
Posted on 11/28/2008 4:43:33 AM PST by IbJensen
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.
Like the pie Alec Baldwin predictably pushed into Conan O'Brien's face that fell to the floor without sticking, the entire hour landed with a sickening, sad, ill-conceived thud. It felt like an off night at America's Got Talent, bookended by wobbly appearances from Liza Minnelli and Gloria Estefan, each forced to perform with the caterwauling host, Rosie O'Donnell.
The low point? There were so many. I ran to the kitchen to see how our sweet-potato casserole was progressing so I could escape Jane Krakowski's career-low stripper-ish ode to product placement, warbling new lyrics to Gypsy's "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" that listed all the giveaways the live audience would get, everything from a Vudu player to White Castle hamburgers and Crest Whitestrips (probably not a bad idea after gorging on those stomach bombs). But even that was a treat compared to Clay Aiken, arriving in his Spamalot costume, engaging in who-loves-who-more banter with Rosie, coyly dancing around the gay issue. "We're both Gayyy-briel Byrne fans," Rosie sorta joked.
Kathy Griffin bombed in a Nancy Grace-less impersonation. Rosie's opening monologue, larded with fat and boob jokes, stank of mothballs. Dancing boys wore food costumes and children were trotted out every so often in an attempt to make things appear wholesome. Harry Connick Jr., pitching his new Christmas CD in a Santa hat, didn't even get to complete a full number without Rosie intruding. And there were a handful of so-so novelty and musical acts, a la Ed Sullivan. But this wasn't a really big show. It was a really big bomb, an embarrassment and a pathetic eulogy for a form of TV that, like Rosie-the-eternal-fan, I grew up loving and still miss. (The comedy-variety spectacular reached its apex in The Carol Burnett Show, and somehow providence kept her well away from this botched revival.)
I miss the Rosie from the early days of her talk show, when she showcased the latest of Broadway and pop alongside show-biz legends with equal glee and reverence, before it became all about her. I was hoping Rosie Live would recapture some of that magic, but instead Rosie the egotist hogged the spotlight to everyone's discomfort and detriment. Far from bringing the variety show back to life, Rosie stuck a fork in it, drove the last nail into its coffin, broke its back, you pick the metaphor.
Make her smile. Shove a doughnut in her face!
She looks so pathetic. I... almost feel sorry for her....
Maybe it’s the turkey talking. ;)
She's a sad sick individual, with a persecution complex that she exacerbates through her behaviour. That some network execs thought it would be a good idea to put her back on television shows how stupid they are.
And I don't miss Rosie and never will. She should be on a therapist's couch, not in the mass media, trying to make money off her psychosis.
The Lamestream media networks may have pushed their Kenyan into the Oval Office, but overall, people are sick of big mouths like O’Donald.
Speaking of homosexuals, I am a proud Heterosexual where do I sign up for my SPECIAL RIGHTS?
Ooops... not O’Donald But O’Donnell
Ooops... not O’Donald But O’Donnell
I can’t even imagine watching the show. I used to watch occasionally her daily talk show which was really good, but since she went off the deep end awhile back, I can’t even watch anything she does anymore. I even forgave her for East of Eden...lol. But that was when she was a nice person or at least acted like it.
... in most cases, that is.
She does her best work while buried up to the eyebrows.
Perhaps we'll get a bailout, or perhaps we'll bailout.
I really dislike Rosie O’Donnell because she is an angry person who cashes in on her anger.
She is the uber bi*ch and in our world we need none of this under the heading of “Entertainment”.
Not even in disguise as a comic is she funny. She masks her cruelty with jokes - but look at her face. I have yet to see her eyes or mouth smile... ever.
Should would have been better taking up law enforcement as an occupation.... interviewing cons.
They’re canceling shows like Pushing Daisies for homo
crap like this.I guess they want a 1% share of the audience?
Why would anyone willingly choose to watch this?
Pig Night at NBC.
Too bad no one can find a hole big enough to bury this cow.
Rosie Live came in 3rd place for the evening. It did beat Pushing Up Daisies.
(Distributing the doughnuts?)
She is a no talent lesbian.She has no sense of decency,a loud ,abusive mouth and a disgusitng demeanor. Other than that she is just an all around wonderful person..
Exit to Eden...At least that movie featured a nekkid Dana Delaney.....
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