Tonight on NBC, there's singing, there's dancing, there's . . . Rosie? Yup. Rosie O'Donnell's primetime variety show, Rosie Live, premieres tonight, and the one-hour special isn't just a little bit of pre-Thanksgiving entertainment. It's also a test to see how Rosie does in the ratings, with the possibility of NBC picking up six more episodes of the show for next year.
She's managed to get a ton of her friends to stop by, including Kathy Griffin, Rachael Ray, Liza Minnelli, and Alec Baldwin and Jane Krakowski — the two reasons I'm most likely to tune in. The show includes comedy sketches, song-and-dance numbers, and a monologue with Rosie sounding off on current events (here's betting Barbara Walters mutes her TV for that). There's also a "massive primetime giveaway" with "incredible prizes" for both Rosie's studio audience and us. And yes, it apparently really is live.
Last month, a lot of you had mixed feelings about whether this show would work. I did always have a soft spot for Rosie's talk show — which was actually a lot like a variety show, at times — so I'm at least a little curious to tune in. What about you? You can check out a couple of promos if you read more.