TVLine Items: Rosie Reacts to Cancellation, SNL Books Josh Brolin, Once Finale News and More
Rosie O’Donnell used her OWN talk show to — most diplomatically — share her take on Oprah Winfrey’s decision to end the evening talk show after its March 30 telecast.
“It was fair,” O’Donnell said in response to those who called The Rosie Show‘s axing unjust. “Listen, Oprah gave me an amazing shot… she put me back on TV, she believed in me… and off I came to Chicago with the best of intentions, trying to do what I thought would be kind of easy for me. But it wasn’t.”
O’Donnell reviewed the show’s format changes and attempts to adapt to the current TV landscape, but said, “By that time, we had lost a lot of momentum.”
O’Donnell quoted Lewis Carroll, saying, “‘I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then’ – and that’s what I figured out.” Her full speech can be played here:
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Once Upon a Time cocreator Adam Horowitz revealed on Twitter that the title of the season finale, airing May 13, “A Land Without Magic.” One, two, three… speculate!
• In what’s becoming a rather standard move for Starz, the pay cabler has renewed its upcoming drama Magic City for a second season, ahead of its April 6 premiere. Starz similarly greenlit additional seasons of both Boss and Spartacus prior to their respective debuts.
• Queen Latifah (Living Single), Alfre Woodard (True Blood) and Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) have all joined the cast of Lifetime’s upcoming remake of the 1989 film Steel Magnolias.
• Saturday Night Live has named Josh Brolin (True Grit) host of its April 14 installment; indie rockers Gotye will appear as musical guests.
• British actress Camilla Luddington (Will & Kate) has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of True Blood as Claudette, the fairy sister of Giles Matthey’s Claude, per The Hollywood Reporter.
• TBS has set premiere dates for two freshman comedy series: Men at Work debuts Thursday, May 24, while Sullivan & Son starts July 19.
• Take a peek below at Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President in HBO’s new political comedy Veep, premiering Sunday, April 22.
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