Catching Up on The Great Oprah Filibuster of 2011

by Caryn James
January 7, 2011 4:30 AM
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Twice a year, the Television Critics’ Association has what I consider a dinosaur of a gathering, commonly known as TCA Press Tour, in which networks trot out their new shows and talent. I’m always happy not to be there, especially yesterday when I could sit back and read the very funny tweets from critics trapped in the room during the presentation for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. The headline: in answer to a single question which no one can quite remember, Oprah went on for – someone clocked it – 18 minutes and 15 seconds. This was supposed to be a press conference, not a dramatic monologue, but it ended up inspiring the hashtag #oprahfilibuster.

I admire Oprah, but I was laughing out loud (I admit, with a touch of schadenfreude) at the running commentary of the frustrated, inventive reporters. Here’s a sampling from Twitter:

From Tim Goodman, Chief TV Critic of The Hollywood Reporter, who tweets as @BastardMachine:

-- Someone's phone just rang while Oprah was talking. Oprah's people killed that person. True story.

-- First Stedman reference! It came at the 7 hour 46 minute mark.


From Bill Brioux, a Canadian critic, who tweets as @BillBriouxTV:

-- Four newspapers folded since Oprah started talking


From Todd VanDerWerff, TV Editor of the A.V. Club, @tvoti:

-- Oprah says “I am not in love with myself.” @HitFixDaniel does a spit take a couple seats away.


You can find a roundup of some of the best tweets here.


Yesterday we also learned that when Piers Morgan begins as Larry King’s replacement on CNN on Jan. 17th, his first guest will be ... Oprah! Sounds a like a battle royal of self-promotion. I can’t wait.

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