‘Sharon’ strip shares the pain of staff cuts

Skein was overstaffed to get show up and running, spokesman sez

Roughly 20 staffers ankled fledgling strip “The Sharon Osbourne Show” last week.

While cuts are rarely a good sign, a spokesman for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution explained that the changes were “normal post startup.”

“We overstaffed the production staff to get the show up and running through the November book,” he said. “Now that we have the operation up and running smoothly, we felt that we could make this normal size adjustment.”

Rep would not confirm the number or level of staffers leaving.

While “Sharon” saw a 6% week-to-week dip in national numbers (from 1.6 to 1.5), show continues to demonstrate strength among target demos of women 18-34 and 18-49. With a 1.7 and 1.4, respectively, strip registered a season high and landed fourth among talkshows in women 18-34 for the week ended Nov. 16.

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