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Oprah's OWN Mother's Day Programs: Judds, Extraordinary Moms, No Woman, No Cry, Shania Twain

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 3, 2011 at 5:03AM

Oprah Winfrey's OWN network is celebrating Mother's Day weekend with brand new specials and series May 7 & 8. The schedule, listed below, includes Extraordinary Moms (executive produced and hosted by Julia Roberts; Time interviews her and Hillary Clinton about their participation here. ), No Women, No Cry (Christy Turlington's directorial debut), Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes (pictured), the series finale of The Judds, and an intimate portrait of Shania Twain's life and career, Why Not? with Shania Twain.
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Oprah Winfrey's OWN network is celebrating Mother's Day weekend with brand new specials and series May 7 & 8. The schedule, listed below, includes Extraordinary Moms (executive produced and hosted by Julia Roberts; Time interviews her and Hillary Clinton about their participation here. ), No Women, No Cry (Christy Turlington's directorial debut), Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes (pictured), the series finale of The Judds, and an intimate portrait of Shania Twain's life and career, Why Not? with Shania Twain.

Saturday, May 7

“EXTRAORDINARY MOMS”
Saturday, May 7 at 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT

“Extraordinary Moms,” executive produced and hosted by Julia Roberts, explores the power of mothers, featuring courageous, brilliant and awe-inspiring women who share a powerful connection: the love they have for their children combined with a fierce desire to protect the future of all children.  Women including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell and ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, along with inspirational everyday moms, have candid conversations about how to raise good kids, how to balance work and family and the power women possess to change the world for the better. “Extraordinary Moms” is produced by Red Om Films and Creative Visions Productions, with executive producers Kathy Eldon, Lisa Gillan, Philip Rose, Amy Eldon and producers Jacoba Atlas and Kyra Thompson.

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“NO WOMAN, NO CRY” (pictured)
Saturday, May 7 at 9:30-11 p.m. ET/PT

Making her directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns’ “No Woman, No Cry” is a gripping documentary that tells the personal stories of pregnant women and their caregivers in four countries as they try to avoid becoming maternal mortality statistics. This film is from Turly Pictures.

Sunday, May 8

“SEASON 25:  OPRAH BEHIND THE SCENES”
Sunday, May 8 at 8-9 p.m. ET/PT

In this special episode, Oprah and her team reveal all-new, never-before-seen moments from the farewell season and they share candid thoughts about being filmed on the job.

“THE JUDDS”
Series Finale Sunday, May 8 at 10-11 p.m. ET/PT

The Judds give their final performance of the tour, which includes a special surprise Wynonna has prepared for Naomi.  They return home to reflect on how far they’ve come in their relationship and what they can still do to strengthen their bond.

“WHY NOT? WITH SHANIA TWAIN”

Series Premiere Sunday, May 8 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

"Why Not? with Shania Twain" intimately documents the amazing journey of the music superstar who, by the age of 21, had survived a childhood of poverty and the loss of both her parents in a devastating accident. She went on to become the best-selling female artist in country music history. Then at the height of superstardom, Twain was blindsided by a double-betrayal shattering her 14-year marriage. Now she opens up about her life-altering heartbreak and how she's moving on.  Viewers will follow Twain as she begins her climb back to the top through a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures.

About OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform, and inspire people to live their best lives.  OWN debuted on January 1, 2011, in approximately 80 million homes on what was the Discovery Health Channel.  The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform, Oprah.com.  For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and www.press.discovery.com/us/own.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.