Rosie O'Donnell Heads Back to TV with America

February 24, 2009 By:
Rosie O'Donnell Heads Back to TV with America

Whether you like it or not Rosie O'Donnell is heading back to television. Well, it’s better than her going back to video blogging every day!

Rosie will be appearing in a Lifetime original called America, about a teenage boy who is placed in the foster care system after living with his crack-addicted mother.

Rosie plays Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at the youth treatment center, who helps America open up about his past of pain and going through physical abuse. Dr. Brennan is there to help America get his life on the right track.

Rosie felt really connected with this particular role in the movie based off the book because she too grew up without her mother, who died of cancer when she was young. Throughout her career she has always stressed the importance of protecting children who are without their parents, or their parents are unfit to raise them.

Rosie read the entire book on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, and on the flight back, she wrote the script, without even getting the permission from the author. Rosie says, "I had a teacher when I was eight who took over parenting for me. She became the mother I lost.

"The book reminded me of [my teacher] and myself and the bond that saved me.”

The TV movie, premiering on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 9PM on Lifetime, stars Philip Johnson in his acting debut in the title role and Emmy Award-winning actress Ruby Dee as an elderly nanny to one of his foster families.