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Oprah-approved 'Specials' stars intellectually disabled 20-somethings


Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss is known for the elaborate, fantastical world of the HBO series, but one of his latest projects doesn’t involve dragons or direwolves: It’s a reality show called The Specials, originally a U.K. series of webisodes following a group of intellectually disabled 20-somethings living in a house together.

“I found myself rooting for them, hoping for them, yelling at the screen when it felt like they were heading in the wrong direction,” Weiss, who executive produces the series, said of the first time he saw the webisodes. “It felt like a tremendous shame that more people weren’t aware of this singular piece of work.” Oprah Winfrey watched the webisodes, created by Katy Lock and Daniel May, and agreed. Sunday, the series is airing as a marathon on Winfrey’s network, OWN. 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

Michael Sam docu-series postponed by OWN

OWN is postponing its Michael Sam reality series just two days after it was announced, the cable network confirmed to EW.

OWN President Erik Logan said of the decision: “After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, The Untitled Michael Sam Project has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team. OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.” READ FULL STORY

Oprah developing race riot miniseries starring Octavia Spencer


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.


Lindsay Lohan strikes a pose for reality show -- PHOTO

Ready for the confessions of an adult drama queen?

Lindsay Lohan’s reality show is almost here, and the first promo photo for the project has arrived. The pretty pic, above, shows Lohan striking a modeling pose — super candid this is not. The good news? She’s got red-ish hair in the shot; we all know things are better when she’s a redhead.

The eight-part OWN reality show, Lindsay, will follow the 27-year-old as she focuses on her recovery after her sixth stint in rehab this past summer. It premieres March 9.

Lindsay Lohan reality show gets premiere date


The day you’ve been counting down to/dreading is finally almost here here: Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show has its premiere date.

Lindsay, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice, will premiere on the network March 9. The documentary series will follow Lohan on “her journey through recovery following a very public period of crisis…Cameras follow Lindsay as she returns to New York, reunites with friends and family, and attempts to build a new life.  As she works to stay on track amid the demands (and pitfalls) of fame, she opens up as never before, discussing everything from her emotional recovery process to her exhausting run-ins with the paparazzi,” the press release touts. READ FULL STORY

Wanda Sykes gets singing lessons from Kristin Chenoweth -- EXCLUSIVE

Kristin Chenoweth as a singing teacher is less than popular when Wanda Sykes is her hard-to-teach student. In the clip below from the OWN comedy special Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, the comedian is put to the test by Chenoweth’s singing lessons in a sendup of reality singing shows, and we’re treated to some seriously off-key scales of “Unique, New York.”


Beyonce will be on 'Oprah's Next Chapter' -- VIDEO

Want a whole night of Beyoncé? Grab your girlfriends, Oprah Winfrey is making your dreams come true.

Winfrey will have a special one-on-one interview for Oprah’s Next Chapter with the 17-time Grammy winner, which will air the same night as Beyoncé’s HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream. Don’t worry: There won’t be a conflict. The OWN interview will air at 8 p.m. this Saturday, and the HBO documentary airs at 9. The Oprah’s Next Chapter chat will apparently talk about the Beyonce-directed documentary, and also is being touted as her first interview about her showstopping Super Bowl performance.

Beyoncé was last interviewed by Winfrey for the Oprah show in 2008, where the “Single Ladies” singer talked about her new album, but notably refused to say much of anything about her then-recent marriage to Jay-Z.  Perhaps she’ll get more personal this time around.

Check out a brief teaser video below: READ FULL STORY

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

Watch the preview below: READ FULL STORY

'Oprah's Favorite Things' to return as OWN special


The holidays just got a little bit brighter. Oprah has announced that one of the most popular features of her daytime show, the “Oprah’s Favorite Things” giveaway special, is returning as a two-hour event Sunday Nov. 18 on OWN.

Winfrey – who famously loved to outdo herself year after year – announced in a press release that this year, the recipients for the secret gift bonanza will be military spouses. In addition, for the first time ever, viewers at home can win some of the swag too, by texting in during certain parts of the program.

Refrigerators with TVs on them? iPads? macaroons? No word on what the big item will be this year (maybe luxury hen houses?), but we’re guessing the audience reactions will be just as hilarious as ever: READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey's OWN announces exclusive partnership with Tyler Perry


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

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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