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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She might be having a tough time getting people to tune in to OWN, but Oprah Winfrey won’t go down without a fight. The question? Will these new series do the trick?
Winfrey’s OWN network announced today that it has picked up four new original primetime series.
The new series include Elura and Michele Take Staten Island (about two former prosecutors/current friends who “tell it like it is”), Iyanla Fix My Life (centered around author Iyanla Vanzant’s self-help advice), Married to the Army: Alaska (unscripted Army Wives in the frontier), and Six Little McGhees (parents vs. six babies).
The network also announced that TV producer Barry Poznick (Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?) and comedienne Kim Coles will helm the network’s previously announced new game show titled Are You Normal, America?, a spin off a segment that used to be featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
In addition, Oprah’s Master Class and Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s have been picked up for additional episodes, the network said.
In the wake of the cancellation of Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show, the Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it is eliminating 30 positions in the network’s Los Angeles and New York Offices. Responsibilities will be distributed among the network’s venture partners, Discovery Communications and Harpo Studios.
“It is difficult to make tough business decisions that affect people’s lives,” said OWN CEO and Chief Creative Officer Winfrey in a statement, “but the economics of a start-up cable network just don’t work with the cost structure that was in place. As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step.”
Oprah Winfrey became CEO and Chief Creative Officer of OWN eight months ago.
In her first interview since Whitney Houston‘s death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she’s “doing as good as I possibly can” and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month.
“She’s always with me,” said the 19-year-old, Houston’s only child and sole heir. “Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time.”
Brown made the comments in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey’s network, OWN, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer’s manager and sister-in-law, and Gary Houston, the brother of Whitney Houston. READ FULL STORY
Oprah’s Lifeclass will return to OWN with six new episodes beginning March 26, the network announced today. Oprah Winfrey is taking the show on the road this season, with episodes being taped at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and another to-be-determined location. “Taking Lifeclass on the road gives Oprah the opportunity to connect on a whole new level with our viewers in person, on-air and online,” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. “We are gathering the most inspiring teachers to discuss the fundamental life principles that are the keys to unlocking our own greatest potential.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes and author Iyanla Vanzant will be featured during the St. Louis episode on March 26. Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins join Oprah at Radio City Music Hall on April 2.
Oprah Winfrey is the latest celebrity to join Jimmy Kimmel’s seventh post-Oscar special.
ABC made the announcement Thursday.
Winfrey is making a rare late-night appearance at a time when her year-old cable channel, OWN, is trying to attract viewers after a rocky start. She’s been more visible on the channel as well, with a new weekly series, Oprah’s Next Chapter.
Billy Crystal, who is hosting the Oscar ceremony, will help kick off Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards. Nominees Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Martin Scorsese will be among the stars on hand.
A performance by Coldplay will wrap up the show.
Kimmel’s Oscar-night special has yielded comedy pieces that became online sensations, including one with Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon and “Handsome Men’s Club” featuring Matthew McConaughey and Sting.
The Oscars will air from a Hollywood theater Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. EST, with Kimmel’s show to follow the awards and local newscasts.
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EW readers largely supported Zach Anner back when he was competing to get a show on the OWN network (even amid that purported voting “scandal”). Well, a few months later and all of that behind him, Anner, who has cerebral palsy (the “sexiest of the palsies”) is set to debut his new travel show, Rollin’ With Zach, for which the first promo was released today.
The first promo for Rosie O’Donnell’s new talk show on OWN was just released, and… it features a lot more talking than showing. “How are you? Good to see you!” greets the 49-year-old comedienne/actress/activist/etc. “I haven’t seen you in, like, a decade. Where you been?” (Well, Rosie, technically we saw you on Sunday on Curb Your Enthusiasm, competing with Larry David for the same woman, but clearly you’re referring to the ending of The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 2002.) After assuring us that she’s not Kathy Bates or Roseanne Barr, the high-decibel Queen of Nice explains that as a mother of teenagers, she needed to get back to work, and her return to TV will involve “a lot of entertainment and comedy.” Check it out below, as her youngest daughter Vivienne kinda-sorta plays along. The Rosie Show debuts Oct. 10. READ FULL STORY
OWN’s fall schedule is up, and it includes the previously announced debut of Rosie O’Donnell’s new talk show. The Rosie Show will be paired on weeknights with remixed repeats of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show that offer helpful life advice. “With Rosie and Oprah holding down our weeknights, we have a great opportunity to seamlessly reach our core audience on weekends with these strong original and returning series,” OWN president Erik Logan said in a release. Here’s the lineup (second season premieres of Enough Already! with Peter Walsh, In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman, and Oprah’s Master Class have yet to be released): READ FULL STORY
Oprah Winfrey is being sued for trademark infringement. According to court papers filed July 28 in New Jersey obtained by EW, the talk show maven — and OWN CEO — has been slapped with a lawsuit over her usage of the acronym OYP, otherwise known as “Own Your Power.” Simone Kelly-Brown and Own Your Power Communications, Inc., the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, claim the motivational communication services company originated the acronym and concept that people can “life their best life” if they believe that “anything you want in life is attainable,” and even solidified their usage by petitioning the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to obtain exclusive ownership of the term “Own Your Power.” Then Harpo Studios, the suit alleges, began to use the registered letters to “identify Harpo [and] Oprah … as advocates for individuals to ‘live [their] best life’ through self-awareness and motivational communication, the same type as OYP services.”
The plaintiffs say in the papers that they are seeking damages to reverse Winfrey and Harpo’s “brazenly unlawful disregard for the existence and use of [OTP’s] trademark.”
“Under such circumstances,” the suit continues, “with [Winfrey and Harpo] being much larger, spending more money, having a wider reach, and an overlapping audience with the much smaller Company, particularly with one of the most influential women in the world at the helm … [OTP has] been irreparably harmed.”
A Harpo spokesperson issued the following statement to EW regarding the suit: “Harpo has not been served and we have no information about what allegations are being made.”
That’s a lot of hyphens. But it’s true: The host of the dearly departed Oprah Winfrey Show has been named the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, according to a press release from the network. (She currently serves as chairman; Peter Liguori was named the interim CEO after Christina Norman was fired due to the network’s struggling ratings.) Tyra, you have a lot of catching up to do.
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