Rosie O'Donnell debuted her new venture The Rosie Show full of games and a special celeb interview with British actor Russell Brand, which all premiered Monday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The Chicago-based ''Rosie Show'' debuts Monday night on the OWN, which is slated to have a format, including celebrity interviews, games and lifestyle segments.
O'Donnell, 49, was dubbed the Queen of Nice for her '90s hit The Rosie O'Donnell Show. But she's also been a queen of controversy for her opinions as a co-host of The View, Tulsa World reports.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Rosie slipped back into daytime with ease given her past success as a competitor of Oprah, who made a surprise appearance on the premiere show Monday night.
Also making an appearance was O'Donnell's first celebrity guest was Russell Brand, a man she says is giving Tom cruise big competition as her favorite actor.
In Chicago Now, David W. Quinn blogs, It was a little rough around the edges. However, unlike most shows, the show is live. Therefore, there is no post production to clean up any missteps.
Many viewers took to blogs and the twitter-sphere with comments agreeing that O'Donnell's interview with Brand was just what the premiere needed to potentially captivate the audience.
However, Rosie did ultimately deliver a great show. There were some good jokes, a great musical number, and a fabulous first guest with Russell Brand, Quinn said.
Although, her new, revamped show will be produced at Harpo studios in the city's West Loop, the same studio where Oprah produced her show.
Oprah of course had to do a special appearance, because Rosie could be just the thing that Oprah's network OWN needs, Quinn added.
According to reports, O'Donnell has just moved into her North Side home, where one of her four children and her new girlfriend will live.
O’Donnell knows the formula at work in these kinds of shows, said THR about the debut and how Oprah also recognized that O'Donnell is at her best when she's herself.
The Rosie Show airs at 7/6 P.M. CT on Mondays.
You be the judge: