Thursday, 22 March 2012

Oprah's OWN is Not Doing Well, Cancelled The Rosie Show

Oprah Left The Oprah Winfrey Show to take a Gamble on OWN. 
Photo Credit:  wwphotos/flickr
When Oprah decided to end her long-running Oprah Winfrey Show, she was excited to launch a new network where she was not the main focus.

Unfortunately, it looks like viewers want Oprah and not so much her OWN Network programs.

It has been reported that The Rosie show hosted by Rosie O'Donnell has been cancelled.  I can see how Oprah would have thought that maybe Rosie could bring in a good dollar as she previously had a successful show.  However, that was many moons ago and her former followers have not been watching and new ones haven't taken to it.

Between Rosie's fiasco with the View and 15 years passing from when Rosie retired from The Rosie O'Donnell Show, bringing her back to her own talk show was a gamble.  To be fair, I really can't rate The Rosie Show as I probably only watched 5 minutes of it at a time.  However, there are a lot of viewers sad to see her show cancelled and have said that the show needed to be in a different time slot (many former viewers of The Rosie O'Donnell Show).

According to (funny type of site), in a recent interview Rosie herself said,

"And off I came here to Chicago, with the best of intentions, trying, really, to do, you know, what I thought would be kind of easy for me. But it wasn’t really that easy. We sort of started off the wrong way. We were kind of trying to do a little bit of what we had done 15 years ago, and you can’t do [that].”

It is not just the Rosie O'Donell portion of the network that is failing to bring in the big bucks though. OWN has also laid off 30 workers.  I don't know if this is just from the Rosie O'Donell show cancellation.

According to Researcher SNL Kagan, the OWN network a venture between Oprah Winfrey and the Discovery Communications Inc. is set to lose $142.9 million U.S. dollars.

There were rumours that Oprah is trying to get Maria Shriver to do a show on OWN in order to boost the ratings, but this is being disputed.  We shall see, as they say, Where there is smoke....

Something that might give the OWN ratings a "Boost"  is Bon Jovi as he is going to be on OWN's Master Class, Sunday, March 25 10/9C.  What do you think?

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