Openly lesbian comedienne/actress/chat show host Rosie O'Donnell has inked a new variety show to be broadcast on NBC, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Rosie's Variety Hour is set to air live in prime time on Thanksgiving eve.

The variety show format was last attempted with some success by Fox with the Tracy Ullman Show – a musical act, comedy skit and monologue grab bag with big celebrity guests. The show also launched the animated series The Simpsons.

“This is a dream come true for any performer,” O'Donnell said in a statement. “Old time variety, live from New York with a nod to Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett and memories of Sonny and Cher.”

“This is a genre that everybody is anticipating is going to come back,” said Executive Producer David Friedman. “Rosie sort of invented the daytime variety show. Without question, Rosie is the right person to bring this back.”

NBC has committed to only the Thanksgiving special, but says it remains open about a full time series.