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Michael Vick cancels Oprah appearance for Feb. 24 show

Michael-VickImage Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesMichael Vick has canceled his upcoming appearance on Oprah. In a statement, Harpo announced: “Michael Vick was scheduled to be a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show for an episode airing next Thursday, Feb. 24. Mr. Vick’s representatives called last night to cancel his appearance for personal reasons.” On the show, Vick was slated to discuss the 18 months he served in prison for running a dog-fighting ring, and his attempts to revamp his image with the Humane Society. Vick is currently playing for the Philadelphia Eagles after being reinstated in the NFL in 2009. Vick also starred in a 2010 docu-series, The Michael Vick Project. UPDATE: Vick’s rep issued the following statement regarding the cancellation on behalf of the NFL player: “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.”

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OWN's first hit: 'Oprah Behind the Scenes'

oprah-behind-the-scenesImage Credit: Harpo ProductionsFascination over Oprah Winfrey’s final season in daytime has been a boon for Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, OWN’s Friday night unscripted show that has made stars out of the crew of Harpo Prods in Chicago, Ill.  It’s currently the No. 1 show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (546,000 viewers) and has seen a 40% boost in the network’s key women 25-54 demo from DVR usage.

Versus what Discovery Health was averaging last year, Behind the Scenes is up 262% in viewers and 50% in women 25-54. READ FULL STORY

First Lady Michelle Obama to appear on 'Oprah Winfrey Show'

michelle-obamaWhen two of America’s most powerful women collide: Michelle Obama is set to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show, according to the Associated Press. The first lady will return to Chicago — her hometown — for the interview, set to air Thursday. Among other topics, Obama will speak to the talk show maven about supporting military families.

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'Game of Thrones', 'Spartacus', Sarah Palin, Lady Gaga, and Oprah: This week at TCA Press Tour

Game-of-Thrones-arrowImage Credit: Helen Sloan/HBOFrom budget-busting period epics to reality TV about extreme couponing, the vast world of basic-and-pay cable took center stage this week at the Television Critics Association midseason Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., when the networks trot out their upcoming slate of shows for a throng of TV journalists. Here are the highlights, including all of EW’s scoopage during the TV confab:

Oprah Winfrey on Anderson Cooper: 'He will not be the next Oprah.'

Cooper-OprahImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images; Lisa Maree Williams/GetOprah Winfrey held her first press conference today in Pasadena, CA. to help launch OWN, her fledgling cable network that her executives say is already ranked No. 17 in prime time and No. 24 overall among women 25-54. Unfortunately for the critics who packed the hotel ballroom, Winfrey took only five questions, because she spent most of the time talking about her childhood, what inspires her, and whether she’s in love with herself (more on that later).  READ FULL STORY

Oprah's OWN ratings fall during first week

Oprah Winfrey’s new cable network is having some early growing pains.

After exploding out of the gate in the ratings (and on a Saturday, no less), viewership for OWN has declined significantly.

While OWN’s premiere averaged 1 million primetime viewers last weekend, Sunday dropped to 822,000. Monday fell to 394,000, followed by Tuesday hitting 315,000. In the network’s target of women 25-54, OWN went from an opening night rating of 0.6 to a 0.2 at the start of the week. READ FULL STORY

Piers Morgan's first guest: Oprah Winfrey

Piers-Oprah-WinfreyImage Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosPiers Morgan announced today that Oprah Winfrey will be his first guest when he launches Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN Jan. 17. Winfrey is busy plugging her new cable network OWN — in fact, she’ll meet with TV critics later today in Pasadena, Calif. — but Morgan said that wasn’t the only reason she made a compelling first guest.

“No one can say that Oprah isn’t a great get,” Morgan told critics. “It’s ridiculous. She’s one of two or three of the most brilliant gets in the world. She’s a compelling interview. Everyone has interviewed Oprah over the years. Is my interview as good as the ones that have been done before? She thought so. I guarantee you’ll enjoy this one.”

Morgan’s executive producer Jonathan Wald teased that Winfrey will even address her recent televised talk with Barbara Walters.

As for his new show, Morgan simply said, “I want this show to be highly opinionated. I don’t want it to be shrieky, I’m a Republican or Democrat. I want to unlock the real people, whoever they are.”

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Suze Orman to host 'Money Class' on OWN

Suze-OrmanImage Credit: Bennett Raglin/WireImage.comNow that she’s appeared on Ask Oprah’s All Stars, Suze Orman has earned her own show on Oprah Winfrey’s network.  OWN announced today that she’ll host Money Class, a show that’ll help folks transform their financial lives. “Suze Orman is the rock star of personal finance and her straight-forward advice will help people who are in need of a financial wake-up call,” said Lisa Erspamer, OWN’s chief creative officer.

Orman’s new show is expected to bow in the fall. She will continue to appear on the All Stars specials on Jan. 9, 16, and 23 and will serve as a guest judge on the third episode of Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star on Jan. 21.

'Oprah: Behind the Scenes' performs well for OWN

oprah-behind-the-scenesImage Credit: Harpo ProductionsThe Oprah Winfrey Network had a respectable start in prime time on Jan. 1, earning a third place spot behind ESPN and USA among women 25-54 from 8 to 10 p.m, according to fast nationals provided by the cabler. OWN kicked off its first night of programming with Oprah: Behind the Scenes, which attracted 1.16 million viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. It came in third place among women 25-54 in the timeslot with a 1.1 rating. Each 25-54 ratings point is worth 62,820 persons nationally.

A second original episode of Behind The Scenes at 9 p.m. averaged 1.19 million viewers and also earned a 1.1 rating among women 25-54. OWN aired a repeat of Oprah’s Guide to OWN at 10 p.m., which debuted at noon earlier in the day.

On Sunday, the premiere of Ask Oprah’s All Stars that featured Dr. Mehmet Oz, Suze Orman and Dr. Phil McGraw finished ninth in its 9 p.m. timeslot among women 25-54 and averaged 968,000 viewers. Master Class at 10 p.m. ranked No. 21 in the demo and lured 602,000 eyeballs. Overall, OWN wrapped up its first prime-time Sunday in 14th place with 822,000 viewers.

OWN is available in roughly 67 percent of U.S. homes and 80 percent of cable homes.

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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:  READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey to exec produce, and potentially star in, HBO adaptation of play 'Ruined'

Oprah-WinfreyImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosOprah Winfrey may be making a return to acting. HBO confirms to EW that Winfrey and Kate Forte will exec produce an adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined for HBO Films. Nottage will write the script, set in a brothel in war-torn Congo. The project is being developed as a potential starring role for Winfrey. It centers on Madam Mama Nadi, the women who work for her, and her struggles to avoid getting caught between the government and rebel armies. The off-Broadway production of Ruined, inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s classic Mother Courage, received an A when reviewed by EW last year. “For all of the ugliness and horror Nottage so vividly describes — wild-eyed 18-year-old Sophie was so badly abused that she walks with a pronounced limp, while young Salima was kidnapped, chained to a tree, and raped for five months — she also finds joy, beauty, and laughter in her characters’ lives,” we wrote. Like Brecht’s original Mother Courage, the show features live music, mostly sung by the character Sophie. “You come here to forget/You say drive away all regret,” she sings. “Will the sound drown out your sorrow/So you’ll remember nothing tomorrow?”


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