Marie Osmond is not going to let anything slow her down, even the cancellation of her daily talk show Marie by Hallmark. Osmond found out that her show has not been renewed for a second season; however, she is looking at a Fall 2014 syndication as the next phase of her career.
Marie debuted on the Hallmark Channel as an original series and was touted by the network as being a long-overdue evolution; they advertised the show with the iconic Osmond as the glamorous center of an insightful talk show with a variety of guests. She was offering wisdom, advice, and personal stories to her guests who would include family, personal friends, and everyday people with amazing experiences.
The daily lunchtime one-hour show also featured some of Osmond’s closest girlfriends. She wanted to talk to her audience about the trials and tribulations of everyday life, including marriage and divorce, depression, and raising eight children.
Guests of the show included actress and author Mariel Hemingway who came to the show and discussed her troubled history of the Hemingway family; Richard Simmons the fitness guru; actor Ian Ziering from Beverly Hills 90210 who discussed his latest act hosting the Chippendales Male Revue show in Las Vegas; actor Eric Roberts who discussed how his addiction affected his family; and Shirley Jones the iconic mother of television’s Partridge Family.
New and repeat episodes of the show will continue to air through this September. Network executives have decided they want to go a different direction with their daytime talk shows despite saying earlier that the show will provide “insights and hope that we can all come through hard times with unstoppable enthusiasm, resilience, and courage.” (hallmarkchannel.com)
Hallmark has determined viewers would prefer to see shows that offer how-to tips and other ideas for improving their lives rather than the talk show format. However, Marie replaced the how-to show Martha Stewart’s Living.
Executives for Hallmark stated they were “extremely grateful to Marie Osmond, whose immense talent and dedication to excellence is unmatched in entertainment…. We have enjoyed working with her on the talk show and know her passion to create an offering of such high quality will find great success in syndication.” (latimes.com)
Osmond has had many success throughout her career; beginning at age 12, she made history when she recorded “Paper Roses” and was the youngest female artist to debut a number one record on the charts. The debut was followed by a Grammy nomination; to this day, she still holds the record as the youngest host of a national television variety show, The Donny & Marie Show which aired from 1976 – 81.
As a studio-recording artist, Osmond has over 35 albums and several gold records; most notably, she received a Country Music Association’s “Vocal Duo of the Year’ Award for the song Meet Me in Montana with Dan Seals.
Writing called to Osmond in 2001 when she was the first celebrity to publish a book about Postpartum Depression, Behind the Smile. In 2009, she wrote Might As Well Laugh About it Now. Both of her books were New York Times bestsellers.
Always a champion for children, Osmond co-founded the organization Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). CMN is the largest and top-rated children’s charity in North America. With Osmond’s help, they have raised 4.3 billion dollars in 30 years.
Although Hallmark has opted not to renew her series Marie for a second season, Osmond will likely not let it keep her down, if the past is any indication, she is merely getting ready for the next phase of her career.
By Dawn Cranfield
US News Special Correspondent