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December 01, 2008

'Rosie Live' appears dead


Curiosity that we didn't know would turn out to be morbid spurred us to watch most of "Rosie Live!" the other night. Comedian/actress Rosie O'Donnell has a pile of Emmys, knows how to handle a live audience and corralled some high-wattage talent.

How bad could it be?

Oh boy.

We probably don't really even need to answer that -- good play-by-play here -- but if we had to sum it up in one word, we'd pick this one: Horrifying.

We even felt embarrassed for Kathy Griffin, and not in the right D-list kind of way.

Go here for some excerpts from Rosie's blog, where she says she won't repeat the mistake (not that NBC would be clamoring for that after the show's sad ratings) and here to see what this could mean for the future revival of the variety show format. Hint: The proud legacy of "The Flip Wilson Show" is probably safe.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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