Rosie O'Donnell goes to Oprah cable network

Set to launch talk show on upcoming OWN channel

Rosie O'Donnell is returning to daytime TV -- on Oprah Winfrey's network.

The Emmy-winning O'Donnell will launch a chat show on Winfrey's upcoming OWN cable network.

"Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years," Winfrey said in a statement. "She's a true original who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does."

"It's an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network," O'Donnell added. "I'm excited to be back on daytime television."

The hourlong, New York-based show is described as a "fun, uplifting show with Ms. O'Donnell's playful and energetic style." The series will be produced by O'Donnell and brought to OWN by Warner Bros. syndication veterans Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin.

O'Donnell won six consecutive Emmys hosting the syndicated "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," which ran from 1996-2002. Four years ago, she replaced Meredith Vieira on "The View," and the ABC show saw a considerable ratings increase (about 27%).

Not all of her TV efforts have been successful, however. O'Donnell's attempt to revive the primetime variety show on NBC was considered a critical and ratings disaster.

OWN, a venture backed by Winfrey and Discovery Communications, launches in January in 80 million homes.
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