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'A Different World' cast reunites for 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?'

In 1987, A Different World debuted as simply a Cosby Show spinoff. But by 1991, the show starring Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison had surpassed Cosby in the ratings and earned an EW cover story touting it as “an ensemble comedy about black college life that’s brightly acted, politically and socially attuned, idiosyncratic, and yes, even funny.”

The cast members are reuniting for the Oct. 26 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which returns with new installments on Oct. 5. Watch a sneak peek below, in which they talk about inspiring a generation to attend college and fondly recall how creator Bill Cosby ends conversations. READ FULL STORY

OWN to air Maya Angelou tribute on Sunday

OWN is paying tribute to Maya Angelou, late friend of the network’s founder, Oprah Winfrey, with five hours of programming on Sunday.

The marathon includes four programs in which the trailblazing poet and memoirist was prominently featured: The Oprah Winfrey Show, a two-part episode of Super Soul Sunday, Oprah’s Master Class, and the premiere of Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball.

“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s,” Winfrey said after Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. “She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her. READ FULL STORY

Oprah developing race riot miniseries starring Octavia Spencer

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network is developing a two-part miniseries chronicling one of the ugliest and least-known chapters in U.S. history.

In Tulsa, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) plays a journalist who investigates the 1921 Oklahoma race riots, where an estimated 300 people were believed to have been murdered amid post-WWI racial tension surrounding segregation laws and the prosperous black community of Greenwood. According to a 2011 New York Times story on the subject, “The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private…an episode so brutal that this city, in a bout of collective amnesia that extended more than a half-century, simply chose to forget it ever happened.”

The announcement came as part of OWN’s Thursday upfront, revealing the net’s next slate of programming — which also included the network’s first scripted movie, My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story. The period biopic will star Toni Braxton. READ FULL STORY

Russell Brand tells Oprah he 'can't manage' using drugs again -- VIDEO

Lindsay Lohan isn’t the only celebrity whose candid battle with past (and some not-so-past) demons is slated for primetime on the OWN network. Now, Russell Brand is sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for a frank conversation about drug addiction.

In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death from a drug overdose, Brand talked with Winfrey about his former struggles with heroin and life as a recovering addict in the premiere episode of Oprah Prime (formerly Oprah’s Next Chapter), airing Sunday.

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Oprah doesn't hold back in extended Lindsay Lohan 'Next Chapter' promo -- VIDEO

In the first promo for Lindsay Lohan’s appearance on Oprah’s Next Chapter, we got a taste of Oprah Winfrey’s no-holds-barred questions for the embattled actress, including “Are you an addict?” and asking Lohan what it’s like for her name to be the shorthand for “child star gone wrong.”

But that was only 16 seconds long. Now, an extended promo — though we still only hear Oprah’s questions, and no answers from Lindsay — offers a taste of even more of the sure-to-be-interesting chat. (Our favorite phrase from the video is when Oprah asks what Lindsay wishes she knew “six rehabs ago.” Ouch!)

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First promo for Lance Armstrong's Oprah interview -- VIDEO

It’s here. The first promo for the two-part Lance Armstrong sitdown with Oprah Winfrey has been released.

In the short clip, Winfrey says, “We agreed there would be no conditions on this interview and that this would be an open field. So here we go.”

Winfrey appeared on CBS This Morning this morning and confirmed that Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs. However, she added, “He did not come clean in the manner I expected.”

Armstrong’s interview will air Thursday, Jan. 17 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET, and Friday, Jan.18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The interview will be simultaneously streamed live worldwide both nights on Oprah.com.

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Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah to air over two nights

Oprah Winfrey’s much-anticipated interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will air over two nights instead of one, starting Jan. 17, Winfrey’s OWN network announced today.

The move comes as curiosity over the contents of the interview continues, and Winfrey herself went on CBS This Morning Tuesday and confirmed that Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during their sitdown in Austin, Texas. However, she added, “he did not come clean in the manner I expected.” READ FULL STORY

Lance Armstrong tells Oprah Winfrey he doped

Lance Armstrong has finally come clean.

After years of bitter and forceful denials, he offered a simple “I’m sorry” to friends and colleagues and then admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs during an extraordinary cycling career that included seven Tour de France victories. READ FULL STORY

Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington on 'Oprah's Next Chapter': Five highlights

Last night on Oprah’s Next Chapter, TV maven Shonda Rhimes and EW Entertainer of the Year Kerry Washington sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a wide-ranging chat that covered everything from Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy to… a–holes. (Before you ask, yes, they semi-bleeped.)

Below were the five most revealing moments from the trio’s chat:

* Oprah learned about Scandal via Twitter. Good work, #Gladiators! Even someone like Oprah, who one would assume is the first to know about pretty much everything, gets TV suggestions via Twitter! “On my Twitter feed, everybody was talking about it, and I was like ‘What is this show?!’” revealed O. “So I started watching because of Twitter.” Meanwhile, Washington admitted that she only watches Scandal because of the cast’s live chats on the social media network. Otherwise, she says, “I don’t really like to watch my work when it’s done. It’s a little bit uncomfortable. I literally watch because I want to be able to chat with the fans.” READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey's OWN announces exclusive partnership with Tyler Perry

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network announced today that it has struck an exclusive, multi-year deal with Tyler Perry, making it the mogul’s “singular destination for all new television series and products.” These series include two original scripted shows — the first such programs on OWN — which will premiere in 2013. Both shows will be executive produced, written, and directed by Perry.

Though Perry is best known for his films, the multi-hyphenate first branched out into TV in 2007. His TBS sitcoms Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Meet the Browns, and For Better Or Worse have been wildly successful; upon premiering, the first two each garnered the top cable comedy debut ratings of all time.

“I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come,” Winfrey, said in a statement.  READ FULL STORY

Robin Roberts leaves 'GMA' one day early; Oprah tops list of celebrity subs

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was supposed to begin a medical leave of absence after Friday’s show. But in a surprise move, the ailing newswoman announced on air this morning that today would, in fact, be her last day on GMA “for a while.”

“Some things happened at home,” Roberts said, explaining that her 88-year-old mother is also in poor health. Roberts and her sister, Sally-Ann, are both heading to Mississippi to care for her and be with other family members affected by Hurricane Isaac. Once home, Roberts will also begin preparing for a bone marrow transplant to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS.

Though her farewell was emotional, Roberts presented a brave face: “‘Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning,'” she said, reciting an inspirational quote. “I am determined not to miss that meaning.” READ FULL STORY

Rihanna tells Oprah: 'I do miss [Chris Brown] sometimes' -- VIDEO

How much of Oprah’s Next Chapter interview with Rihanna is devoted to discussing the singer’s relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown? Judging by a slew of clips recently posted on OWN’s YouTube page, the answer is “a lot.” Winfrey admits as much at the beginning of this first video: “She talks a lot, a lot, a lot about You Know Who, Mr. Chris Brown,” the mogul says, widening her eyes and shaking a finger.

The clip goes on to show Rihanna revealing that all sorts of things remind her of Brown, who was arrested in 2009 after assaulting her before the Grammy Awards, and that she does “miss him sometimes.” The “We Found Love” singer goes on to detail what she’s looking for in a partner: “I want a man that loves me, cherishes me, values me, but they have to know my value in order to value me. They have to know my worth, and they can only know my worth if I know my worth.” Watch it for yourself:

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La Toya Jackson lands new reality show on OWN

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The Jackson family’s love-hate relationship with the limelight will teeter toward love when La Toya stars in her own reality series next year. Life With La Toya is one of the newest shows added to the Oprah Winfrey Network’s fall schedule. The series will follow the singer/author as she juggles her demanding career with her even more daunting family life.

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