[Updated] Rosie O'Donnell wants back into daytime
Former daytime talk show star Rosie O'Donnell is looking to make a comeback and has tapped two former Warner Bros. syndication executives to lead her effort.
Dick Robertson, the former head of syndication of Warner Bros. Television, and Scott Carlin, who worked with Robertson there for years, have sealed a deal to distribute O'Donnell's new talk show, which will probably premiere in fall 2011. Robertson and Carlin worked closely with O'Donnell on her first talk show, which was made by Warner Bros. The news was reported by Showbiz 411.
O'Donnnell's new show will probably have more of a political feel to it than her last effort. O'Donnell has become quite outspoken over the last several years. Producer Rory Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, is on board to executive produce, a person familiar with the project said. Updated Monday: Rory Kennedy is a leading candidate but no producer has been named.
Although Oprah Winfrey's departure in 2011 will leave a hole in the talk-show marketplace, O'Donnell will still face challenges, as her outspoken style may be polarizing to some TV stations.
The show may be distributed on cable as well.
-- Joe Flint