Not So Fast! Oprah Sets Prime-Time Return

Winfrey releases slate of programming for OWN, including new nighttime series that will see Oprah travel the world to conduct interviews

By Gina Serpe Apr 08, 2010 3:36 PMTags
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Yeah, like she was really gonna leave.

Already the undisputed (albeit outgoing) queen of daytime, Oprah Winfrey has nowhere to go but night, and will be doing so next year with Oprah's Next Chapter, a prime-time hourlong talk show of sorts that will air on Winfrey's own, um, OWN.

The show will air just two or three times a week and debut in late 2011. She will wrap up 25 seasons of The Oprah Winfrey Show in September of next year.

Oprah's Next Chapter will take on something of a familiar format, featuring Winfrey talking to the movers and shakers she deems most interesting and newsworthy, but—and here's the twist—instead of confabbing in front of a studio audience, the conversations won't be boxed in, with Oprah traveling the world to places like Egypt and China for the sit-downs.

But that's not the only place her name is going to show up on OWN's listings grid.

Winfrey will also earn some screen time with Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star, a competition that sees Winfrey and reality über-producer Mark Burnett join forces to find the next Dr. Phil. Or Rachael Ray. Or Dr. Oz. Or Nate Berkus. Basically, anyone with a televisable skill.

The search will begin with a bang this May with some special promotion on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Here are the other star-studded series that have been given the greenlight from OWN, which itself launches Jan. 1, 2011:

Oprah Presents: Master Class. In this hourlong show, stars handpicked by Oprah will tell their inspiring stories, with Jay-Z, Bono, Simon Cowell, Lorne Michaels, Toni Morrison and Condoleeza Rice among those slated to appear.

Visionairies: Inside the Creative Mind. Pretty much all in the title on this one. Each episode will be devoted to detailing the creative process of the world's top talent (as selected by Miss O) and participants for the first season include James Cameron, Lady Gaga, Annie Leibovitz, Tom Ford and

Why Not? With Shania Twain. Shania Twain hasn't had it easy these past few years and, in her new hourlong series, will show viewers just how rough a time she's having. But! Heartbreak aside, she'll also chronicle her attempt at a personal and professional comeback. Expect lots of tears.

Gayle King Live! Because no Oprah project is complete without an assist from her BFF, King will adapt her daily radio show for the small screen, appearing in an hourlong show in which she talks to and about all manner of watercooler subjects.

Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final Season. The documentary series will follow the behind-the-scenes goings-on for the 25th and final season of Oprah's talk show and introduce viewers to her Harpo family.

The shows join previously announced series from several Oprah show mainstays: investigative reports from Lisa Ling, sex therapy from Dr. Laura Berman and decluttering expertise from Peter Walsh.

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