Rosie Live!

<b>R.I.P.: TV's variety show format</b><br>
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<b>Eulogy:</b> Even Rosie O’Donnell, possibly the genre's biggest fan, couldn’t bring it back. In fact, she may have just driven the final nail in its coffin with "Rosie Live!" -- an awkward musical special almost universally derided by the few who watched. Possibly more sad? “The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour,” starring then-married reality stars Nick Lachey and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB003704" title="Jessica Simpson" href="/topic/entertainment/music/jessica-simpson-PECLB003704.topic">Jessica Simpson</a>, was watched by 11.4 million viewers in 2004 -- more than double O'Donnell's take.<br>
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<b>Will we miss it? </b>Those of us who still miss O'Donnell hosting her own talk show will, but it might be time to call it a day on reviving the variety show. Besides, isn't that we why have <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB004176" title="Jerry Springer" href="/topic/entertainment/television/jerry-springer-PECLB004176.topic">Jerry Springer</a> and "America's Got Talent"?
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R.I.P.: TV's variety show format

Eulogy: Even Rosie O’Donnell, possibly the genre's biggest fan, couldn’t bring it back. In fact, she may have just driven the final nail in its coffin with "Rosie Live!" -- an awkward musical special almost universally derided by the few who watched. Possibly more sad? “The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour,” starring then-married reality stars Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, was watched by 11.4 million viewers in 2004 -- more than double O'Donnell's take.

Will we miss it? Those of us who still miss O'Donnell hosting her own talk show will, but it might be time to call it a day on reviving the variety show. Besides, isn't that we why have Jerry Springer and "America's Got Talent"?

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