When 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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From 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:
- HBO’s high anticipated Game of Thrones made a big impact, announcing its premiere date, teasing details of a fifth book in George R.R. Martin’s series, and screening 15 minutes of footage for eager TCA journos.
- Starz’s swords-and-sandals-and-blood-and-leather-codpieces epic series Spartacus will get a second season without title star Andy Whitfield, who had to withdraw from the show to resume treatment for cancer. (His replacement has yet to be cast.) The network also premiered a new trailer for the Spartacus prequel miniseries, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. READ FULL STORY
Oprah 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
Piers 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.”
Now 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.
In 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
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?”Oprah 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
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