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'Sketch' Series Planned for O'Donnell

MTV Networks' Logo channel said Monday that it has partnered with Rosie O'Donnell to develop a sketch-comedy series.

The tentatively titled "Simply Sketch," which will feature a cast of up-and-comers, will be filmed in front of a live audience with taped segments of musical numbers as well as commercial and movie parodies incorporating political satire.

Logo -- which targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender viewers -- also said that episodes will feature guest appearances by celebrities and "friends of the LGBT community." The show is slated to premiere later this year.

"Simply Sketch" is produced by Oh Really! Prods., headed by former Disney executives Dan MacDonald and Joe Del Hierro, who will exec produce with O'Donnell. O'Donnell said that MacDonald and Del Hierro had approached her with the idea for the show, which she called "fresh and hilariously creative."

Meanwhile, Brian Graden, president of MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment and Logo, said the network had wanted to work with O'Donnell for some time.

"Rosie is one of the most intelligent and brilliantly funny voices on the planet," he said.

Logo senior vp original programming Eileen Opatut added that the show will branch out into new areas of comedy.

"Given the range of creative personalities in New York and Hollywood, we're going to take the sketch-comedy genre into brand-new territory," she said.

O'Donnell, MacDonald and Del Hierro are planning to collaborate with writers and producers from O'Donnell's daytime show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," which aired from 1996-2002 in syndication.

Logo, which launched June 30, is available in more than 19 million U.S. homes.

Kimberly Speight writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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