Just before everyone in the United States was officially off for Thanksgiving break, one person still had a ton of work to do. Rosie O'Donnell got her chance to prove the variety show genre of TV's golden age wasn't dead on Wednesday, with the premiere of Rosie Live.
The show, which was broadcast live, was a test run to see if the idea had legs. If NBC was pleased with the results, it was thinking of turning the special into a series.
So how did it do? Let's just say Rosie will have plenty of free time to blog in the near future.
Rosie Live gathered about 5 million viewers and a 1.2 rating/4 share in key demos--tying it for last place among the major networks, according to Variety. Sure, the day before Thanksgiving isn't exactly the best time to debut a program, but it was more than just the lack of eyeballs that made Rosie Live a failure. Online reports also state that the project is now officially dead, and hopefully will never be spoken of again.
Critics were ruthless in their write-ups of Rosie Live, bashing the special as if it were everything that was wrong with the world today.
The program featured guest stars Alec Baldwin and Jane Krakowski of 30 Rock, Liza Minnelli, Conan O'Brien, Clay Aiken, and Harry Connick Jr., but the general consensus was that the singing-and-dancing routines, monologues, and sketches just weren't funny, and even her fans concur.
Are we past the variety show age? Duh, of course we are. Did any of you out there see it? What did you think?