Rosie Takes America

Rosie O’Donnell’s steadily making her way back to television dominance!

First there’s that NBC variety show, which will be piped in coast-to-coast on Thanksgiving eve, and now comes word that the lesbian entertainer will soon headline a new Lifetime made-for-the-boob-tube movie:

Rosie O’Donnell has signed on to star in and exec produce America, a telepic for Lifetime about a 16-year-old boy’s struggles within the foster-care system.

America reunites O’Donnell with producer Larry Sanitsky and scribe Joyce Eliason, with whom she worked on CBS’ 2005 telepic Riding on the Bus With My Sister.

Set to premiere in February, the made-for is based on E.R. Frank’s book of the same name. O’Donnell will play the therapist who guides the pic’s title character, America, beyond his troubled past.

For those of you who never saw Riding on the Bus With My Sister – and, really, who can blame you? – O’Donnell played a mentally disabled girl. It was, in a word, absurd. Don’t believe us? Check out a clip down below. (PS: Toilet seat!)