Rosie O'Donnell will make her big return to television on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network with a talk show called "The Rosie Show" in October. The comedian opened up to reporters during the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Friday about what she hopes to accomplish with the series and it will be different from the network's usual programming.
"The Rosie Show" is set to make its debut on October 10 and will air week nights at 7 p.m. The new series will have celebrity guests, a comedic opening and games, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I think that the reason for my success is that I am really not aspirational. I am inspirational in that the people at home feel like they can really relate to me," O'Donnell told reporters according to the industry paper. She later added, "I think Oprah who is the height of aspiration and inspiration recognizes something in me that is germane."
"What I'm hoping to do and what I think I will do is make an entertaining enjoyable show where?the whole family can sit down and watch," O'Donnell continued. "My job is mostly to entertain and be funny."
From 1996 to 2002, O'Donnell hosted her own daytime talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," which earned her six Daytime Emmys for outstanding talk show host. O'Donnell, who has often been deemed abrasive, butted heads with Elizabeth Hasselbeck when she co-hosted "The View" in 2006. She left the show a year later.
The OWN network, a joint venture between her firm Harpo Inc. and Discovery and took over what was formerly the Discovery Health cable channel.Winfrey called O'Donnell in a statement last year, "A true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does."