OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has exclusively acquired Rosie O'Donnell's new daytime talk show to premiere in 2011.
O'Donnell's return to daytime was announced early this year, with former Warner Bros.' honchos Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin, now partners in a company called SantaBu LLC, shopping the deal.
The one-hour show had been shopped to both TV stations and cable networks on a cash-plus or all-barter basis. NBC Universal had been rumored to be interested in picking up the show for its stations, but a deal was never brokered. Many stations executives said they were concerned that O'Donnell did not have a good track record, having abruptly departed both from her former Warner Bros. talk show, and ABC's The View, on which she was a panelist for one season.
Deal terms were not disclosed.