Rosie O’Donnell Returning to ‘The Fosters’

By Camille Rivera | 2 years ago
Rosie O’Donnell Returning to ‘The Fosters’

ABC has announced that Rose O'Donnell will appear in more episodes of family drama “The Fosters.” The talk show host will reprise her role as Rita Hendricks in at least two upcoming episodes for the show's second season. She notably appeared in five episodes of the first season, which premiered last year.

O'Donnell's character works in the foster care system and grows close to one of the show's permanent cast members, Callie (Maia Mitchell) during her stay at Girls United. Her character is described as a “tough, yet compassionate woman.”


The show recently won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series. It was also awarded the Teens' Choice Award for a breakout television series in 2013.

Genevieve Valentine gave the show a B+ on AV Club.

The Fosters delights in the intricacies of family, and tackles those intricacies with largely endearing frankness,” she wrote. “The series feels lived-in, from the domestic-chaos opening credits down to the cramped shared bedrooms…”

Sarah Caldwell of Entertainment Weekly gave the TV series the same rating, saying that the show excels at rendering “quiet, simple scenes.”

O'Donnell, 52, is best known for hosting her own show, “The Rosie O'Donnell Show,” which ran from 1996 to 2002. She went on to become a co-host on “The View,” but her stance on the war in Iraq led to the cancellation of her contract.

She moved to OWN, where she hosted a new talk show, “The Rosie Show,” but it got cancelled after one season. She returned to “The View” for its eighteenth season, joining co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez. The season premiered in September of this year.

She recently disclosed that she auditioned nine times for the role of Miss Hannigan in the broadway musical, “Annie.”

“But they have this really weird thing, they want you to be able to sing on key. I think it’s an unrealistic request of leading actresses, but I’m an enthusiastic singer and a lover of Broadway, so I’d love to be back anytime,” O’Donnell told Broadway.

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