Everything’s not coming up Rosie for the former Queen of Nice.
Rosie O’Donnell’s new OWN talk show is still struggling to find its audience. So the minds at Oprah Winfrey’s nascent network decided to start the new year with a fresh executive producer and set.
Shane Farley, who worked with O’Donnell on her previous Emmy-winning syndicated talker, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, has come on as executive producer … Farley has more than 15 years of experience producing talk shows, most recently Rachael Ray. The Rosie Show kicked off 2012 with a new smaller and brightly-colored set. It fits about 70 audience members, about a fifth of the original set, and is inspired by Rosie’s art studio at her home in New York….
The Rosie Show got off to a decent ratings start with 500,000 viewers tuning in to its its debut. But its audience has shrunk and now averages about 200,000 viewers. The set overhaul follows a series of smaller tweaks over the past couple of months, including the elimination of the mic stand and the Johnny Carson-style curtain for O’Donnell’s monologues, the phasing out of the game show element and the changing of the blue interview chairs. Also enlisted to help boost the show’s fortunes is one of Oprah’s top proteges, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who will be a guest on Jan. 27 and 28.