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OWN To Premiere New Show In January Starring Who Else? Oprah!

by Sergio
November 20, 2011 3:07 PM
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Despite her vow that she was going to stay behind-the-scenes running her network, you just kinda knew that anyone with an ego like hers wasn't going to be satisifed being behind the camera for long.. And now that her BFF (Or common-in-law wife It's still not clear) Gayle King has left Oprah's network to join CBS' The Early Show, that meant that a time slot was vacant to be filled.

So, starting in January, OWN will premiere "Oprah's Next Chapter" in which, from the description of the show, sounds like she will travel around the world interviewing rich and famous celebrities to show off how wonderful and extraordinary they are while you're nothing. 

In the two hour opening episode, Oprah will travel to the New Hampshire estate of Aerosmith lead singer and Amercian idol judge Steve Tyler; and in following epiosdes, will visit Paula Deen, the obnoxious so-called chef who makes the unhealthist meals on the planet, Sean Penn in Haiti and his humanitarian work there, George Lucas at the Skywalker Ranch, and televangeist Joel Osteen.

In a statement about the new show, Oprah said: "After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever -- moving around the country and the world talking to people I'm really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too." 

Hey O, I wouldn't exactly bet on that.

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  • Mekisha Hale | November 21, 2011 2:45 PMReply

    What this woman can do is her right,but with the comments that "Oprah Winfrey" have been getting for years about her friend "Gayle King" is being disrespectful. What there friendship is to each other is their business. And doesn't need anyone approval from anyone. As for the OWN Network" This is a business it's not suppose to be easy. It's trying to figure out what really works and what doesn't to making a successful network. It's the disrespectful of "Oprah Winfrey" being the woman she is and doing her thing. Like it's against nature for someone as a black woman or any other woman to be strong and making her way through a business that has very few ethnic women or women who have a self owned network. Ending a very influential program "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for so many years being on air. To now owning a network this is huge step for anyone. And it will take time. But if you want a clear understanding about the state of the network television today all of them are have some trouble just being able to keep a show from being cancelled,after the last couple years networks have been struggling in this market. So "Oprah Winfrey has company when dealing with the difficult decisions specially when it gets down to running a network. She had to know that when the Oprah Winfrey Show had enough years that it was time to move on to something else.

  • QueenOprah | November 21, 2011 10:02 AMReply

    Love Oprah and I always will. I love her beautiful smile and her well deserved EGO!!! Leave it to negative jealous types to see something else instead of a strong independant intelligent woman who changed the face of America. Hate only get's you closer to the Devil, so I hope people wake up and stop hating on people who contribute something to this society instead of sitting on their backsides and complain, wah, wah!

  • Diane | November 21, 2011 8:47 AMReply

    I as a viewer at one time felt she betrayed the audience when she gave the nation POTUS and had him on her show. I felt she lost any respect that I had for her and I won't watch her anymore for any reason.

  • CareyCarey | November 21, 2011 6:39 PM

    Since the inception of television every POTUS has appeared on a television show. How in the world is that betraying an audience? Hey, you might not like her BFF Gail, but you can't deny the truth. Oprah has given voice to more intelligent and artistic people of color than any person on this earth. That list numbers in the HUNDREDS. From black politicians , black authors, black musical geniuses, black business owners, heads of foreign states, prominent black lawyers, doctors, chief cooks and bottle washers, Oprah has been the driving force in exposing them to the world. So how is she - in reference to her presenting something that fits the formula of her successful show - betraying her audience and why would someone lose respect for her? Oh, should I mention her unmatched effort to highlight the ever- present struggles of the black female. Not to mention her nearly 1/2 billion dollars she's given to those who needed it!

  • Holly Wilson | November 21, 2011 5:44 AMReply

    In Oprah's book she wrote about two cockroaches she befriended when she was a poor child growing up in the south. According to the Daily Rash, the very same cockroaches have been found alive in Mississippi!

  • Urvy | November 20, 2011 11:47 PMReply


    Just sell OWN to WWE.

  • Milo | November 20, 2011 10:12 PMReply

    I am so tired of that woman! Self-centred TV mogul who tries to shape public opinion with her new age twisted mumbo jumbo.

  • The (not so angry) Prude From Iowa | November 20, 2011 7:26 PMReply

    @ Sergio, as TY and Mandy already pointed out, this isn't news at all so what's this post really all about? What, Oprah wouldn't give you an interview? If so, after reading this, who would blame her? Damn man, where do you get off making such insulting comments. I mean, from the tone of your words in this post and several others that champion our talented tenth, you seem to have an entrench hatred for the rich, powerful, and beautiful black people of the world. So Oprah is moving on to another challenge in her life - and she's enjoying it - so what's your problem? Is it jealousy, envy, or a failed attempt a writing something witty and informative?

  • Ash | November 20, 2011 6:50 PMReply

    "... she will travel around the world interviewing rich and famous celebrities to show off how wonderful and extraordinary they are while you are nothing" <--- She's an expert at this.

    I'm an ironic Oprah fan though.

  • Mandy | November 20, 2011 6:42 PMReply

    Is the "or common law wife" joke really necessary? This is Indiewire, not Perez Hilton. "Ooooh maybe Oprah is gay" jokes notwithstanding, the grammar and spelling is atrocious, and as Ty points out, this isn't news at all, as it was announced ages ago. Is this what passes for front-page news on Indiewire these days? I hope not, because this is embarassing.

  • Ty | November 20, 2011 3:54 PMReply

    The show "Oprah's Next Chapter" was planned from the beginning. It was among one of the first shows mentioned if you look at the original list of programing.

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