WBEZ | Rosie O'Donnell http://www.wbez.org/tags/rosie-odonnell Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en OWN network cuts one-fifth of its staff http://www.wbez.org/story/own-network-cuts-one-fifth-its-staff-97469 <p><div>Oprah Winfrey's television network, OWN, has announced it is laying off one-fifth of its workers.&nbsp;The television network has seen its share of struggles since it launched in January of last year. Rosie O'Donnell is scheduled to tape her final show today in Chicago after it was cancelled last week. The network announced Monday it was laying off 30 workers and restructuring operations in New York and Los Angeles.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"As we started to have some more ratings momentum, and the ratings started improving, we needed to address our cost structure so we could actually have the business be incredibly profitable moving forward into the future and having a place that would continue this momentum," said Erik Jacobs, co-president of HARPO and OWN networks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Winfrey, CEO and chief creative officer of the network, responded to the decision in a statement Monday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"It is difficult to make tough business decisions that affect people’s lives," she said. "But the economics of a start-up cable network just don’t work with the cost structure that was in place. As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The recent lay-offs don't include the 40 or so Chicago jobs that will be lost from the cancellation of&nbsp;<em>The Rosie Show</em>. The show, which will air it's final episode on March 30th, filmed in HARPO studios in Chicago's West Loop.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jacob says the space will continue to produce content for the OWN network. He estimates around 70 hours of television will be produced each week. The studio will also be home to a new OWN show, featuring Iyanla Vanzant. Production has yet to be scheduled for her show.</div></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/own-network-cuts-one-fifth-its-staff-97469 'Rosie Show' billboards very un-Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-03/rosie-show-billboards-very-un-chicago-93722 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/rosie-big-billboard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>The Rosie Show</em> tapes at Harpo Studios in Chicago. They've recently started to saturate the market with billboards, bus ads and taxi toppers showing Rosie sitting in a white chair with the Chicago skyline in the background. You may have seen it - here's a picture:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-03/rosie-big-billboard.jpg" title="" width="500" height="669"></p><p>But the problem I have with the ad is in the specifics. It's obvious that Rosie is photoshopped into the shot, but what I don't understand is where this photo was taken.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-03/rosie-billboard.jpg" title="" width="550" height="284"></p><p>Grant Park? Hutchinson Field? The Shedd Aquarium? After some research on Google, the shot is definitely from the viewpoint of museum campus. But even from the perspective of some of the open spaces by the Shedd, you would have trees and roadways and other obstacles blocking a wide open view of the skyline. It doesn't add up.&nbsp; My theory is that the grass was photoshopped as well.</p><p>With all of the beautiful, panoramic shots of Chicago's legendary skyline, what would possess Rosie's advertising company to modify it? Does the grass invite people more than say, the lake? For a show that wants to be Chicago, this is very un-Chicago. I love that she wanted the skyline in her photo to let all of the country know that this is where she is from. But to the trained eye, this homage to her new hometown is hollow. Now I could be wrong, but like I said, I did my due diligence. I'm sure that this is a real photo, just doctored for their needs.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke at the Union League Club today and was ambushed by protesters at the breakfast. Did they buy a table? To blend in, the protesters wore suits. Security should have known better. Check the tag! Any suits from Kohls, automatic breach of security. They went the route of human megaphone to disrupt. My favorite part is the Walker jokes afterwards, followed by the standing ovation. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-03/occupy-protesters-heckle-wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-chicago-93719">WBEZ caught the whole incident on video</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31546993?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="550" frameborder="0" height="310"></iframe></p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-11-01/wrecking-ball-session-modernist-old-south-shore-high-school-93678#">Lee Bey has some great photos of the final days of South Shore High School</a>. The architecture of that school reminds me a lot of what high schools looked like when I was that age.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/chicago-cook-county-sheriff-robotic-aerial-drones-wars-replace-helicopter-20111031">Drones!!!!</a> Who needs <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWfbGGZE07M">helicopters lookin' for the murders</a>, when you can deploy drones to look for the murders (not as sexy for rappers though). Cook County is looking into replacing expensive helicopters with drone planes, like the ones they use in Pakistan. I'm just waiting for one of these little buggers to be hovering outside my window while my wife and I make sweet love. Gross.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It was super dark this morning. Uh oh, winter's favorite time of day.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/7182270/chicago-cubs-release-manager-mike-quade">Mike Quade is out as Cubs manager</a>. Everyone saw that coming and frankly, wanted it. Hey, I'm sure Quade is a nice guy but he seemed to be overmatched. I'm happy he was able to fulfill his dream of managing in the big leagues, but save the dreams for Make A Wish. Let's get a big league manager in the house and get the Cubs back in contention. I'm excited about the moves. I'm not a Cubs fan, but I like what the Cubs are doing. If Epstein is able to unload some of these big contracts and maybe grab a free agent or two that are gamers, the Cubs could be legit. Do you hear that Chicago? The Cubs could be legit. I also like how the press is lapping up the "Theo does it right" angle. He flew to Florida to talk to face to face with Quade. He talked to Sandberg to let him know he wasn't a candidate. Both men appreciated the gestures. Cause Theo does it right. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVnfZKbXeoE">Theo is the new Big Daddy Kane</a>.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Can we get back to basketball so Carlos Boozer can work on his game, and not on his game??? How did I miss this over the summer?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/38VHCEKdiR8" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-03/rosie-show-billboards-very-un-chicago-93722 The Rosie Show debuts on the Oprah Winfrey Network http://www.wbez.org/story/rosie-show-debuts-oprah-winfrey-network-92937 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/rosie-final.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rosie O'Donnell is scheduled to make her debut on the <em>Oprah Winfrey Network</em> Monday. The New York native recently bought a house in Chicago and now she moves into a second new home: Oprah's Harpo studios in the West Loop.</p><p><em>The Rosie Show</em> marks her return to the talk show format. It's been nine years since<em> The Rosie O'Donnell</em> show ended, and a few years since her stint on <em>The View</em>.</p><p>O'Donnell's political activism has at times made her a controversial figure. But her new show is slated to be much like <em>The Oprah Winfrey Show</em>: an hour-long daily covering current events, hometown heroes and celebrities. Her first celebrity guest is actor Russell Brand.<br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/rosie-show-debuts-oprah-winfrey-network-92937 Dear Rosie: Forget commuting, move to the West Loop (my guide to the neighborhood, post-Oprah) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-30/dear-rosie-forget-commuting-move-west-loop-my-guide-neighborhood-pos <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/rosie-final.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="300" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-30/rosie-final.jpg" title="" width="400"></p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/people/4570947-421/rosie-odonnell-keeping-home-in-new-york.html">Sun-Times reported that Rosie O'Donnell will NOT be moving to Chicago</a>, instead opting to commute from her home in suburban NY.</p><p>I think it's a great move that Rosie O'Donnell is coming to Chicago to tape her OWN&nbsp;network show in the Harpo Studios space. As Oprah leaves Chicago television production, it will no doubt leave a void and not unlike the move Jerry Kleiner is making, could change the fabric of the now-burgeoning West Loop neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p>What we are seeing is a second generation of star power. Rosie joins celebrity chefs Grant Achatz (Next) and Stephanie Izard (Girl &amp; Goat) as the new West Loop.</p><p>But please. If you want to be a Chicago favorite, at least move into the neighborhood.</p><p>I always liked Rosie O'Donnell. Her stand-up comedy was groundbreaking and her daytime TV show was at least interesting (I never really watched it because I was in my 20s, and frankly, people in their 20s don't have time for daytime TV). I did get to see more of her when she had the brief stint on <i>The View</i> because internet video was introduced to the masses. I loved how she sparred with her co-hosts and created some memorable TV moments. She is a good host. Now let's hope she can be a good neighbor.&nbsp;</p><p>I've lived in the West Loop for a couple years now. And to prove that I don't have a problem coexisting with big egos, I am offering my expert services. I can give Rosie a quick tour of what to visit and what to avoid. I can tell her what times are the best times to get in at Wishbone (avoid Sundays around 11am). I can act like her visiting relative and point out what the buildings <em>used</em> to be before Chicago changed.&nbsp; "Rosie, that bar used to be a funeral home (West End)." "Rosie, that bar used to be a Bar Louie (Haymarket)." "Hey Rosie, that bar used to be owned by Chelios (abandoned building)."</p><p>I could also offer real Chicago history lessons. "You know, Rosie, this used to be skid row. Yep, this used to be $5 prostitute territory. Now, it will cost you at least $50."</p><p>"Hey, hey Rosie - I think Mary Todd Lincoln lived over by Washington somewhere, after the assassination. A lot of people thought she went crazy..."</p><p>My hope is that Rosie lives in the West Loop and walks to work like Mike Quade does in Wrigleyville.&nbsp;Don't go set up a crash pad on Michigan Avenue. That's Oprah-style - not cool. She had business here, but lived in a different area of the city. We need a celebrity to come work AND&nbsp;live here.</p><p>There is so much housing inventory, you could buy several two bedroom condos (really, a bedroom and a walk-in closet) right next to each other and knock down a couple walls. It would be good for the market. If you act fast, you might even be able to get a good deal on the Blockbuster store, which is going under. Make that your own entertainment room. I'll help with the parties.&nbsp;</p><p>In closing, Rosie, I would love to have you as a neighbor. Maybe it would force the Dominick's to clean up the elevators. Maybe it would force the Madison #20 bus to stop bunching up every rush hour. Maybe it would even force Whitney Young High School from recruiting violations.</p><p>Oprah's time is up. It's your time to shine. Come to the West Loop (jingle): We aren't skid row anymore.....</p><p>I can't wait to have you over, neighbor.</p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-30/dear-rosie-forget-commuting-move-west-loop-my-guide-neighborhood-pos