Gay channel, Rosie O'Donnell sketch series plans

MTV Networks' gay-oriented Logo channel said Monday it partnered with Rosie O'Donnell to develop a sketch-comedy series.

The tentatively titled Simply Sketch, which will feature a cast of up-and-comers, will be filmed in front of a studio audience with taped segments of musical numbers as well as commercial and movie parodies incorporating political satire.

Logo--which targets lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender viewers--also said that episodes will feature guest appearances by celebrities and "friends of the LGBT community." The show is slated to premiere later this year.

O'Donnell, who will serve as an executive producer, called the show "fresh and hilariously creative."

O'Donnell and the show's originators, Dan MacDonald and Joe Del Hierro, plan to collaborate with writers and producers from The Rosie O'Donnell Show, which aired from 1996-2002 in syndication.

Logo, which launched June 30, is available in more than 19 million US homes.

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