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OWN plans six days of Oprah-themed programming following 'Oprah Show' finale

Yes, the final episode of The Oprah Show airs tomorrow. But stop crying — there’s plenty of Oprah Winfrey programming to relieve your O pains: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that the network will stall programming at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday to direct fans to her Oprah finale on ABC. When OWN boots up again, audiences can expect six full days of “Oprah filled programming” to celebrate the end of Winfrey’s talk show after 25 seasons.

Some shows scheduled on OWN’s slate: The Gayle King Show: Best of Oprah Winfrey, Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, and Ask Oprah’s All Stars. Said Peter Liguori, interim chief executive office of OWN, in a press release: “We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to honor Oprah than for OWN to celebrate her ongoing legacy and enormous contribution to daytime television … We will all be watching this truly historic event.”

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Oprah's 'Farewell Spectacular': A night to celebrate, and bid adieu

It’s called the house that Michael Jordan built, but Tuesday night, it was the Queen of TV, Daytime, or All of Media (depending on who you talk to) who held court in Chicago’s United Center — even forcing the Bulls, who are in the midst of an NBA Eastern Conference Finals series with the Miami Heat, to cede the stadium for a night to her royal highness, Oprah Winfrey.

Before taping of the two penultimate shows got underway (they will air on May 23 and 24), loyal fans and adorers speculated about which celebrities would show up. For a city not known as a hot bed of celebrity sightings (the paparazzi certainly couldn’t make a living here), it was abuzz with gossip about who was likely in town for the Oprah show. Beyoncé was sighted at Hubbard Street Dance fairly early in the day. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were glimpsed having lunch, and Maria Shriver was said to be having dinner Monday night with Oprah.  READ FULL STORY

Maria Shriver appears on second-to-last 'Oprah Winfrey Show'

Maria Shriver made a surprise appearance Tuesday night at the taping of the penultimate episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, less than 24 hours after her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger publicly admitted that he had fathered a child with a member of their household staff over a decade ago. (Shriver and Schwarzenegger announced their separation last week.)

After appearances by Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, and Stevie Wonder, Shriver stepped on stage with Gayle King, Oprah’s best friend, at Chicago’s United Center in front of some 20,000 audience members. To loud cheering, Shriver told the retiring talk show host, “You’ve given me love, wisdom, and the truth,” as Oprah held Shriver’s hand. Then Shriver introduced Tyler Perry for the next segment of the show, and left the stage. (Reporting by Meghan Murphy-Gill.)

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Oprah's 'Farewell Spectacular': Tom Hanks, Maria Shriver, Michael Jordan, and Aretha Franklin say goodbye, and we were there!

After 25 seasons, Oprah Winfrey taped the third- and second-to-last episodes of her iconic talk show in Chicago’s United Center Tuesday night, with 20,000 guests watching — including EW. The episodes, entitled “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” will air May 23 and 24, but why wait? We live-blogged the entire epic event, including surprise guests — Michael Jordan! Aretha Franklin! Maria Shriver! — and guest performances from Beyoncé, Rascal Flatts, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. Check out our full tick-tock of all the highlights below, and then come back tomorrow morning for our recap of the blessed event. (All times are Central Daylight.) READ FULL STORY

Oprah's 'Farewell Spectacular' taping tonight. We're blogging it!

UPDATE: Our live-blog is LIVE!

Tonight, a lucky few thousand fans in Chicago will welcome Opraaahhhhhhhh… for (almost) the last time. The talk show host — who will end her talk show after 25 seasons on May 25 — is taping two shows titled “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” which will air May 23 and 24 and are set to feature some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. As for who they might be? Well, that secret is being kept under lock and key — but EW will be at Chicago’s United Center tonight alongside 20,000 guests for the big reveal. So, for fans both curious and prepared to be jealous (imagine the favorite things Oprah could hand out!), head back to tonight to read our live account of what’s going down during the “Farewell Spectacular.” So exciting, the audience will stomp and cheer! See you tonight!

UPDATE: Our live-blog is LIVE!

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Oprah Winfrey on OWN: 'It's not where I want it to be' -- EXCLUSIVE

The good news: Oprah Behind the Scenes on OWN is exactly what it set out to be — an unfailingly honest and entertaining look at the making of The Oprah Show as it winds down its historic 25-year run in syndication. Now, the bad news: It can’t turn the fledgling network into an overnight success (the network just tossed out its CEO, Christina Norman). EW sat down with Winfrey at Harpo’s headquarters in Chicago, Ill., to talk about Behind the Scenes, how she comes across in the show, and whether she has any regrets about launching OWN while still doing her talk show. READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey Network replaces CEO

The Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that Peter Liguori has been named interim Chief Executive Officer of the network, replacing Christina Norman, who helped to launch the cabler in January. Liguori will oversee the struggling network while continuing to serve as chief operating officer for Discovery Communications.

The shakeup comes at a time when the fledging cabler is struggling to find an audience. Since its launch, the network has only averaged 283,000 viewers in prime time. Not suprisingly, one of the most watched shows on OWN is Oprah Behind the Scenes, which lures 382,000 viewers.

The network has more original programming rolling out in the next year, including the October debut of Rosie O’Donnell’s new talk show Rosie and the launch of Oprah’s Next Chapter in 2012.

Before joining Discovery in 2009, Liguori was the president of entertainment for Fox.

'Oprah' team announces plans for final episodes

The third- and second-to-last installments of The Oprah Winfrey Show will tape at Chicago’s United Center on May 17 to accommodate “the biggest names in movie, music and TV,” Harpo Prods. announced today. Even Oprah Winfrey doesn’t know who will attend “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” that’s been in the works for weeks at Harpo.

“As most of our viewers know, being surprised is not one of Oprah’s favorite things,” said Sheri Salata, executive producer, in a statement. “In the spirit of our farewell season, she is making a rare exception and we intend to make the most of the opportunity. It will be something to see!”

The two-parter will air May 23 and May 24. The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show will air May 25.

Oprah Winfrey on why OWN can't pick up canceled ABC soaps -- VIDEO

Warning, Erica Kane fans: This isn’t good news. In the midst of shooting the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, launching a cable network, publishing a magazine, and taping an addictive little reality show called Season 25: Behind the Scenes, the Queen of Daytime took the time to address desperate fans of All My Children and One Life to Life about why she can’t air the canceled soaps on OWN. She doesn’t say anything that we don’t already know — there’s no money in programming daytime sudsers anymore, kids! — but it’s pretty dang cool of La Winfrey to give it some attention. If only she had better news for you lovers of Llanview.

AMC will end in September, followed by OLTL in January 2012, to make way for the unscripted shows The Chew and The Revolution.

You can check out Winfrey’s video below: READ FULL STORY

Oprah's OWN announces six new shows

Oprah Winfrey’s cable network OWN is announcing six new shows to advertisers at its first upfront presentation. The network has struggled to gain ratings traction since it launched in January, though the channel is renewing four of its programs. The new titles, along with official descriptions: READ FULL STORY

President Obama to appear on a final 'Oprah' episode

This should make for a good episode of Behind the Scenes on OWN: Harpo Prods. has confirmed that President Obama will appear in one of the final episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

He’ll tape his episode with the Queen of Daytime at Harpo Studios on April 27;  it’ll air May 2. The First Lady is also expected to make an appearance.

Winfrey’s final talk show will air on May 25.

Oprah finale ad rates higher than 'Lost' closer

Oprah Winfrey’s syndicated program might air in daytime, but it’s hitting up advertisers for major-league primetime ad rates for its final episode.

The asking price for a 30-second ad on Oprah’s May 25 finale is $1 million, according to Horizon Media researcher Brad Adgate. That’s more than last year’s finales of ABC’s Lost ($900,000) and Fox’s 24 ($650,000), despite Oprah having a smaller audience (about 7 million viewers) than either of those dramas. Oprah’s distributor had no comment. READ FULL STORY

David Arquette will appear on 'Oprah' instead of Michael Vick

David-ArquetteImage Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comOn Feb. 24, Oprah‘s audience will have to Scream for David Arquette instead of Michael Vick. Harpo has confirmed to EW that an interview with the actor will air on Feb. 24 instead of one with Michael Vick, who backed out Wednesday for “personal reasons,” according to Harpo. Arquette taped his interview on Thursday, Feb. 17. (Said Vick via his rep in a statement: “After careful consideration, I will need to postpone the taping of the Oprah Winfrey interview scheduled for February 22. I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future.”) It’s a good trade-off for Winfrey: Though not as controversial a figure as Vick, Arquette made headlines earlier this year for his split from wife, Courteney Cox, and a subsequent all-too-revealing interview with Howard Stern about his marriage. Arquette’s over-sharing tendencies should bode well for Winfrey’s ratings.

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