Oprah: I’m Living a Dream

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New York — Oprah Winfrey
laid out her vision for
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey
Network, including a selfhosted
primetime series,
amid a star-studded Discovery
Communications’
upfront presentation here
last week.

Winfrey said OWN, a
co-venture with Discovery,
represents a dream she’s
been carrying around for
years to offer a network
that will help enrich and
empower people’s lives.
She praised Discovery’s
efforts in helping to bring the network
to fruition. OWN takes over the 75 million
subscriber Discovery Health on
Jan. 1, 2011.

“For the past 24 years my life’s work has
been to create television that changed
the way people actually see themselves,”
she said. “What I want to do with OWN is
take what I’ve established and build on
that 24/7, OWN style.”

The primetime interview show,
Oprah’s Next Chapter, will run two or
three times weekly and debut after the
network launch in 2011.
Traveling outside the studio,
Winfrey will continue
to interview newsmakers
and everyday people, but
from exotic locales or in
familiar surroundings like
her own backyard.

Other original shows on
OWN include documentary
series Visionaries: Inside
The Creative Mind, a
weekly look at the creative
processes of the likes of
James Cameron and Lady
Gaga; reality competition
series Your Own Show:
Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star;
talk show/lifestyles series Gayle King
Live!, starring Winfrey’s best pal; and
celebrity reality series Why Not? With
Shania Twain.

Also touting new shows at the Discovery
upfront were former heavyweight
champion Mike Tyson, whose
new Animal Planet series, Taking On
Tyson, is about the sport of pigeon
racing; and Kate Gosselin, with a new
series on TLC, Twist of Kate.

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