OWN launch on Jan. 1: What to expect from Oprah Winfrey

Oprah-WinfreyImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosIn less than 48 hours, Oprah Winfrey is hoping her fans will consider nursing their New Years Eve hangovers with some fresh cable programming. The Oprah Winfrey Network will officially kick off at noon on New Years Day with an introductory special dubbed Oprah’s Guide to OWN: The New Oprah Winfrey Network.  Hosted by the Queen of Daytime herself, the hour-long program will recap Winfrey’s mission to “entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives” on what used to be the Discovery Health Channel (OWN’s a  joint venture between Harpo Inc. and Discovery Communications).

The network will be available in 85 million homes.

OWN’s day one lineup will mostly include sneak peeks of some of its original series, including Kidnapped by the Kids and Miracle Detectives. Later in the evening, the network will fall back on what Winfrey does best – her talk show. Look for a several hours of Oprah: Behind the Scenes throughout the weekend, not to mention more sneak peeks of her fresh programming, which will include a mix of original series, specials, original documentaries and acquired movies. To date, a total of 22 original series have been announced, including Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love, Enough Already! With Peter Walsh, In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman and The Gayle King Show. For more details on the schedule, click here.

Meanwhile, more than 15,000 people auditioned for Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star, which will premiere on Jan. 7.  The mammoth “talent” pool was whittled down to 10 people, who will be guided by hosts Nancy O’Dell and Carson Kressley through challenges to see if they have what it takes to host their own show (which just happens to be the grand prize). OWN released these details on the 10 finalists: 

Zach Anner, Austin, TX. Zach’s idea is to make a travel show for people who never thought they could travel.

Elizabeth Espinosa, Los Angeles, CA. Says the news reporter for KTLA, “My show would incorporate the interview skills I’ve honed from being a reporter while also using that platform to help families with disabled children.”

Aunt Flora,
Cincinnati, OH. Aunt Flora specializes in southern cooking.  “In 2007 Martha Stewart came in and tried my cobbler and then had me on her show…I just love to cook and I’ve been doing it my whole life.”

Leigh Koechner, Valley Village, CA. Leigh produced a presentation piece dubbed Absolute-Leigh with her own money and her rolodex of celebrity friends, and hopes to do more.

Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco, Alhambra, CA. Kristina escaped war-torn Croatia at 15 and worked various jobs as she struggled to raise her two young kids.  She cultivated her love of cooking into her website, stickycook.com.

Ryan O’Connor
, West Hollywood, CA. America, according to Ryan, needs a lot of things, but most importantly, “this country needs a gay best friend, and that’s where I come in.” Ryan has honed his comedic timing and entertainment skills through his one-man show that’s currently touring the country.

Dr. Tony Roach, Abilene, TX. As a teenager, Dr. Tony dropped out of high school to live on the streets. He ended up earning his doctoral degree in divinity from Abilene Christian University and travels the country promoting his message of self-esteem.

Terey Summers, Phoenix, AZ. She’s a comedic motivational speaker for youth in Arizona who also leads “Partners Who Heal,” an improv/storytelling group that spends time at St. Joseph’s and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Alicia Taylor, Las Vegas, NV. With her BA in Business Management, Alicia went on to start her own mortgage company.  “From checking accounts to retirement funds and investing, people need a practical and fun show about all things financial, and because I’m an expert, I can help people make sound decisions.”

Eric Warren, Lawndale, CA. Once 62 pounds heavier, Eric wants to host a cooking show that has America losing weight with him.

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  • Joyce

    I would love to see a weekly lineup of OWN shows


    • Amanda Kiwinerd

      She is garbage. Promoting pseudo-science lies like psychic healing and anti-vaccination idiot Jenny McCarthy. Anyone who follows her is a deluded moron.

      • vava

        Actually Oprah debunks pseudoscience. She’s gona have an amazing show called “Miracle Detectives” where a brilliant neuro-scientist tries to convince a believer that the miracles are not real. And Jenny McCarthy’s been on all the talk shows, not Oprah only. Oprah’s had over 29,000 guests. If you’re going to hate her because one of tens of thousands of guests, then you’re the deluded moron.

      • Al

        Jenny McCarthy has been on Oprah many times. Oprah even tried to launch a talk show for her last year. Oprah has also had Suzanne Somers on talking about her “cancer cure”. She has brought Ekhart Tolle and “The Secret” to prominence. She is the leading purveyor of quackery and pseudo-science in America.

      • Not Narrow Minded

        Since when is it a bad thing to question modern scientific beliefs? If we had this attitude throughout all of history, we’d still think the world is flat.

      • Duma

        Jenny McCarthy has been on Oprah several times as the lover of Jim Carey and to discuss breaking up with Jim Carrey, and she was never given a show by Oprah. I’ve seen Jenny McCarthy far more on Larry King than Oprah & Jim Carey is the one who made her famous so do you hate him too? Suzane Somers has been on Oprah one time in 25 years. The Secret was prominent long before Oprah jumped on the bandwagon, and it mostly just endorses positive thinking. Echart Tolle teaches people to limit their egos and to be less dogmatic in their views of spirituality. He’s hardly a quack, and I would prefer an open-minded inclusive person like him to organized religion any day.

      • Jan

        omg ,anracxc you make so much more sense than Amanda

  • Elizabeth Harrington

    Where can I find OWN in my area of Orange County CA? My zip is 92629

    • Rhonda

      If you have DirecTV it will appear on channel 279 first show starts 1/1/11 9am. Anaheim,CA

    • Claire

      Oprah has a “channel finder” on her website.

    • KS

      If you have Dish Network it will be on channel 189.

  • JC

    I don’t get why everyone eats up every word she says? Why is she so popular/special? I just don’t see it. Now she has her own network? Just what we need…another station with a bunch of crap.

    • Klav

      What makes anyone so special? The fact that people think their special. It’s very democratic. If millions of people choose to watch whatever Oprah does, she’s special, if not, she’s not. It’s that simple. In a free society you don’t get to dictate taste to other people. What makes you so special?

      • Jan

        Well said, Klav.

    • eurofree

      To the folks calling Oprah an Egonomamiac, the name “Oprah” is a brand, much like “coca cola” . Oprah, the person, has hundreds of people make her positive vision reality. So get over it!

    • DebS

      I cannot stand it when someone says ‘everyone’ does this or that…. Not ‘everyone’ does any one thing, except breath. And maybe go to the bathroom, but I’m not entirely sure about that one.

      • Jan

        Some folks around here DO seem to be backed up.

  • Klav

    I love Oprah & can’t wait. The Miracle Detective show looks fascinating and I also want to see the show about competing to host your own talk show and the behind the scenes show about Oprah’s last season.

  • Heather

    How can I get OWN in Clearwater, FL

  • Casey

    What about all the Discovery Health programming? Does it just go to TLC?

    • michael

      For those of you interested in finding out where you can find the OWN channel, check out her website http://www.oprah.com/own

    • Traci

      I find this on Oprah’s website

      We know many of you loved the shows on Discovery Health. Fear not, the biggest hits from Discovery Health are coming to OWN. All new episodes of Mystery Diagnosis will premiere on Wednesday, January 5 at 8pm, and the docs from Deliver Me will be back with all new episodes later this year.

      I guess you would have to Google any other shows to find out if they are being cancelled or moving to other channels.

  • Traci

    go to http://www.oprah.com/own to find out if you get it in your area.

  • madduxfan

    Go to the Oprah site…they have a place where you can see where it is on in your area.

  • azreal

    What we can expect………..
    Oprah’s pretentious and ridiculous voice over spots
    Vanity spots oh OPRAH, queen goddess, give me my OWN show so I can forever be your servant
    Stupid programming
    Hearing about how awesome oprah, rachael ray, dr. phil, dr. oz, etc. are
    kill us all please before we hae to watch it

    • Hellen

      Actually Oprah’s pretty down to earth.

      • chakana

        if you think oprah’s down to earth you need to stop smoking the peyote.

    • Josh

      Or, just give your remote to someone else. Then you won’t have to watch it. It’s simple. Don’t like her? Don’t watch. I have several channels I don’t watch, and I’m doing just fine.

      • Jan

        Your mistake, Josh, is using logic.

    • Kat

      See, you don’t *have* to watch it. That’s part of living in this country. You can watch any channel you want, and whoever wishes to can watch OWN. Isn’t the US great?

  • Garry

    I am so sick of seeing and hearing this egomaniac everywhere I turn. And she does little more than buy the love of her gaggle of followers in her audience, with her elaborate, expensive gifts. And they are happy to have her tell them what books to read, what films to see–it’s sickening how she apparently thinks of herself as, literally, God’s gift to the world.

    • cerma

      Garry get a life. It’s a free country, she can think whatever she wants of herself. And it’s incredibley impressive that she has the clout to get all those gifts and that she’s thoughtful enough to make sure the audience that made her famous gets them once in a while. If you don’t like her, don’t watch her, but don’t diminish a woman who came from nothing to build a huge empire. I would hate to meet someone as petty and insecure as you in real life.

      • Garry

        Yes, cerma,you’re right, it’s a free country, so presumably it’s my right to express my opinion. I don’t watch her, but it’s still impossible to avoid her.
        And I’ll be happy to spare you the trauma of meeting me in real life. I don’t give a crap what you think of me.

  • Moose

    Oprah is an egomaniac. She is on every cover of her monthly magazine. The tv network is just an extension of her self-centeredness. She’s not worth wasting one’s time on.

    • nallia

      When white men expand their empires, we praise their business spirit, but if a black woman dares to do the same, people like you deride it as “egomania”. You are so pathetic.

      • Al

        I don’t know of any white men who have their own magazine featuring them on the cover every month. If there is one, then he is an egomaniac too.

      • @nallia

        When did you realize you were a racist?

      • Jan

        Remember that one dumb guy with the horrible comb-over and/or toupee? Who inherited all his money, did nothing to earn it? Yeah he’s all over the place. Every time you turn around he’s flappin his yap and getting a new wife.

      • Lesa

        Baloney. It has nothing to do with race or gender. Tom Cruise is an idiot trying to brainwash the world too.

    • Whatever…

      Moose, if you feel that way, then why did you waste your time reading an article about her new network and take the time for commenting?

  • Howard hansen

    Thanks oppy

  • Beauty

    I’ll be there! Sounds GREAT. I wish you all the best Oprah!

  • muzoos

    I love her so much I can’t stand it.

  • Jeff

    She claims to be presenting hi-brow material on her very own network, but it’s actually just more of the same “reality” programming. One example; why would the Judds’ reality show be “important” and rise above the stank of other reality shows? It’s not, even though she says it is! It’s all crap.

    • mava

      Seeing as it hasn’t aired yet, you can’t possibly know whether it’s crap or not, which makes you a liar.

      • Bren

        In her magazine, they put a more detailed listing of the network’s upcoming shows and there were quite a few reality shows on there including The Judds and one about Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. I like Oprah and hope she does well, but I found it a bit hypocritical to decry reality tv in one breath and then promote it in the next. The truth is, reality is cheaper to produce than a scripted series and at the end of the day she is a businesswoman. I had just hoped she would rise above it a little more.

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