It turned out to be a one night stand for Rosie O’Donnell. Her comeback variety show was a flop of monumental proportions that even NBC had to cancel. The only bigger flop I can think of off the top of my head is the ongoing Katie Couric CBS Evening News debacle. Maybe they should put the two of them in the same time slot and see what happens. Maybe they could put Lipstick Jungle or a George Clooney movie on the other network and test the George Costanza theory that people will watch it because it’s on tv.
The real question here is what was NBC thinking in the first place? Are the networks that political that they would put a train wreck on that was almost certainly doomed to failure? Oh yeah, Katie Couric. It’s sad, because there are plenty of people viewers would likely prefer who can’t even get work on television anymore. Why didn’t they have Michael Richards (Cosmo Kramer) instead? He only said one stupid thing compared to Rosie’s daily anti-American rants. He even apologized. I’ll take Cosmo any day over Rosie. I’d take O.J. over Rosie.
The variety show flop wasn’t for lack of name power. Alanis Morissette, Alec Baldwin, Conan O’Brien, Clay Aiken and even Liza Minnelli. I mean really, how bad must Rosie be? Liza could have probably napped for an hour and gotten more viewers.
There is a lot of money to burn on television and in Hollywood. Political movies nobody wants to see and trashy shows that are differentiated by name(s) only. The liberal retreads who’s movies make a profit 10% of the time if they are lucky. Ah, but the Emmys and Academy Awards must be sweet.