By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 26, 2013 at 1:57PM
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it has secured the network television rights to Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the much-discussed drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, in an all-star cast, that's grossed over $100 million thus far.
OWN has licensed the first broadcast window behind pay television beginning in 2017.
“On the heels of the film’s fantastic debut, we couldn’t be more excited to showcase this incredible movie for our viewers,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN “This is a film that every American should see and we look forward to its debut on OWN,” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN.
"OWN is the ideal broadcast home for this film, which has had such a tremendous response from theatrical audiences," said TWC's Harvey Weinstein. "It's been an honor to work alongside Oprah Winfrey, whose performance and support on the picture have been second to none, and we're thrilled that her network has come on board."
Of course, you can also go see it while it's still in theaters, or rent it when it's on DVD and VOD, or when it's on pay cable TV, all available before its OWN broadcast premiere.