New Rosie Show Aims for Oprah’s Timeslot and Audience

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

Rosie O’Donnell‘s forthcoming talk show will be squarely positioned as a suitable replacement for Oprah Winfrey, her producers said on Monday, adding a new twist in an effort by local stations to revamp their lineups in a post-Winfrey era.

In their first interview since reports surfaced about the talk show plans, the producers, Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin, said they would remind local stations of Ms. O’Donnell’s formidable ratings when she helmed “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” from 1996 to 2002.

It was first reported last Friday that the producers had formed a company with Ms. O’Donnell to syndicate a talk show to TV stations beginning in September 2011, the same month “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ends. More…