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Sinbad & Family Dish on Their New Reality Show

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It would have been hard to beat the head-spinning scene that I witnessed at Michael’s last Wednesday, but this week came close. A camera crew from WNBC-TV’s LX-TV was on hand filming a segment on celebrity lunch spots as the masters of the universe (Barry Diller) and socialites (Melania Trump, swathed in mink) strolled in and air-kissed their way to their tables. When Amy Rosenblum, the show’s producer, heard I was having lunch with comedy icon Sinbad and his family to talk about their new reality show for WE tv, her ears perked up. “Perfect!” she said. “We’ll come over and borrow him for our segment. ”

Having never met the comedian, I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find that 10 minutes after the family arrived (right on time!) fresh off their morning at SiriusXM, it felt as if I’d known them all forever. They’re the anti-Osbournes! Named one of the Top 100 Stand-up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central and a sitcom (A Different World, The Sinbad Show) vet, Sinbad told me the new show, Sinbad: It’s Just Family (premiering April 12 at 10 pm on WE tv) is a marked departure of the bumper crop of dysfunctional family fright fests that populate the reality TV landscape.

“These producers want meltdowns and dramas, but most of the dramas wouldn’t happen if people weren’t shooting their show. Most reality shows have an agenda and you have to understand that. I got about 80 percent of what I wanted. I was the voice of reason. We picked and chose what we wanted to shoot.” Any scenes in the master bedroom were off-limits, he said. “That’s just not respectful.” Instead, the show focuses on his version of family life — his re-marriage to his ex-wife Meredith Adkins and his relationship with his two “grids” (semi-grown kids) Paige and Royce. When he’s not on the road doing stand-up, he’s home keeping things together — his way. “The show is not about some comedian looking for a comeback because I never went away!” he quipped.

I had to ask him what he thought of this season’s Celebrity Apprentice since he appeared on season three of the show. “Donald Trump likes fights. He likes drama,” he told me. “That’s why Meat Loaf and Gary Busey are still around. That’s what people want to watch.” As for his take on his former cast mates: “Brett Michaels was a baby and Sharon Osbourne has the filthiest mouth of any woman I’ve ever met. She faked being sick just so she could miss being project manager for the first three weeks.” He also has choice words for Ozzy Osbourne. “That show they did made him look like a fool. Do you really want people to remember you like that? These people are stars and they don’t really think about how they want to be perceived.”

For their show, Sinbad and the family ”focused on the positive” and shot weeks of 12-14 hour days for six episodes, which was quite an adjustment. “It’s the most time we’ve spent together since the kids were babies,” says Meredith. “We were miked all the time and had to remind ourselves that they were recording everything.”

Royce is a college student studying audio sound engineering, and Paige is an R&B artist (Meredith is her manager) who co-wrote all the songs on her new album, Imperfect Me. Both had to be convinced to do the show at first, but wound up enjoying the experience. Proud Papa says of their TV debut: “He surprised me and she turned out to be quite the daredevil.”  In one episode, Paige convinced the family to try out a trapeze park, and the producers were only too happy to get it all for the show. “That’s what was so great about the show.  If we wanted to do something and the producers thought it was a great idea, they made it happen,” says Paige. “The flip side was we were having family barbecues, and there was someone standing on the driveway handing out releases for our friends to sign. That was a little strange but we got used to it.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Sinbad, his wife Meredith Adkins, daughter Paige, son Royce and yours truly.

2. Project Playlist CEO John Sykes and Brian Bedol

3. Melania Trump and designer Rachel Roy. I was nearly blinded when I happened to look over at The Donald’s better half  and spotted the sparkler on her ring finger. And, yes, she is even more gorgeous in person.

4. Barry Diller

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Oprah’s OWN Ratings Aren’t So Hot

It’s only been two months, so we’re not sure how much to read into this, but Oprah’s network OWN isn’t doing very well in the ratings. In fact, it’s getting its butt kicked. OWN is averaging about 135,000 viewers at any given time, far lower than the network that preceded it: Discovery Health. Oprah’s ratings are a full 10 percent lower then her predecessor’s, according to a big Sunday story in the New York Times.

Of the seven shows that had their premieres in January, the stand-out was “Ask Oprah’s All-Stars,” a four-part panel discussion featuring Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Phil McGraw and Suze Orman. The flop was “Your OWN Show,” a “Survivor”-style competition to groom a new talk show host for OWN.

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Watch Out Elisabeth: Rosie’s Back

sirius.pngSirius XM Radio announced yesterday that former talk show host and explosive “View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell will be hosting her own daily morning show on satellite radio come this fall.

The show, called “Rosie Radio,” will be a two-hour weekday talk show featuring Rosie’s unique take on the world — “an eclectic mix of humor, pop culture and serious conversation,” the satellite radio network said.

“Rosie Radio” will also have “an ensemble feel” thanks to a variety of guests who will be sitting in to talk with Rosie, including celebrities and average Joes. We doubt that Rosie’s former “View” co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck or Barbara Walters will be among the guests who join in the fun, although that would make for great ratings.

Full release after the jump

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Rosie Show Isn’t So Rosy

rosie2.jpgHard to figure out which is more embarrassing…Rosie O’Donnell and this sickly attempt at a talk show, as the Hollywood Reporter maintains, or Alec Baldwin attempting to turn into Jack Paar. See the clip.

Whoopi To View

whoopi_072707.jpgMark it down: Whoopi Goldberg will be named the new co-host of The View, FishbowlNY has learned. Sources close to the decision say the announcement could come in a matter of days. The move has been rumored since Rosie‘s departure in May, while boldfaced names from Paris to Perez have been tossed around as possible replacements. Barbara Walters told FishbowlNY recently at Michael’s that a decision would be forthcoming: “We have to decide by the end of the month [July] because we’re off in August, so, soon.”

An ABC spokesperson tells FishbowlNY, “We adore Whoopi and enjoy having her as a guest host on the show, but no decisions have been made.”

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  • Perez Hilton To View?

    Perez Hilton to get Rosie‘s View slot? That’s the rumor that has been presented to us by multiple sources. Here’s one reason for the persistent rumormongering — posted by the Queen of All Media himself yesterday:

    Only one day to go!!!!

    Perez is going to be a guest on The View tomorrow!!!
    Perez is going to be a guest on The View tomorrow!!!
    Perez is going to be a guest on The View tomorrow!!!

    P.S. Our big announcement is also coming tomorrow.

    The secret will be out Friday at noon.

    Hmm, noon — isn’t that the time The View ends?

    If Perez-to-View is true, here’s why it makes perfect, story-arc sense: Perez is a blogger-turned celebrity. Rosie is a celebrity-turned-blogger. Both are opinionated. Both are outspoken. Both are gay.

    Stay tuned …

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  • Rosie O’Donnell Enlists Daughter in War Against Sanity

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    And people wonder why kids of celebrities are messed up.

    Rosie O’Donnell might want to re-read Mommie Dearest.

    Nazarena Velez–Dancing With the Stars in Argentina /Station Fined for Sexy Strip

    Down in Argentina, Nazarena Velez put on a show on Dancing with the Stars (Bailando por un sueno) that makes Janet Jackson look like the singing nun. Not only was the presenting station fined by the Argentinian version of the FCC, so were all the gossip shows that ran excerpts.

    Ben Silverman might want to sign Velez instead of Rosie O’Donnell.

    Rosie Vlogs About View Exit

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    Love her or loathe her, has there ever been a celebrity more new media savvy than Rosie O’Donnell? After an intellectual showdown with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the View left Barbara Walters to calm the insatiable studio audience down (“There is peace in the kingdom“) Rosie put her beat poetry blog-leanings to video, Web-cam style, to explain why she won’t be coming back to the View:

    “I was really just like the foster kid for a year. I came and we considered adoption, but I really didn’t fit into the family, and then it was time for the foster kid to go back home.”

    The result: an intimate talk (and bandana and beer) implausibly hard to ignore.

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  • Barbara On Rosie-Elisabeth War: ‘There Is Peace In The Kingdom’

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    Barbara Walters gives a bizarre, seemingly unnecessary video statement to ABCNews.com regarding yesterday’s heated debate between Rosie and Elisabeth Hasselbeck over the war in Iraq.

    Wanna see something even more unnecessary? ABCNews.com’s follow-up report on the feud entitled “‘View’ War of Words Prompts Question: What Can Americans Say About the War?” — perhaps the “war” wasn’t manufactured for ratings, as Barbara insists, but the network’s marketing of it certainly has been.

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