Oprah Winfrey‘s post-rehab interview with troubled star Lindsay Lohan drew far smaller audience than Winfrey’s other similar first exclusive sit-downs. The Lohan interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter on Sunday averaged 892,000 total viewers at 9 PM, only slightly above the show’s Sunday average (+7%). For comparison, Winfrey’s interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina drew 3.5 million viewers and her chat with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong pulled in 3.2 million. For the night, including the 10 PM rebroadcast, the Lohan sit-down averaged 1.8 million viewers.
At least this much of what Lance Armstrong says is true in part 2 of Oprah’s Next Chapter interview. Then she asks whether he owes an apology to David Walsh — the journalist who was villified and held up to public ridicule for his 13-year pursuit of the truth:
In the first clip from Oprah’s Next Chapter interview with the athlete, he answers simply “yes” to her questions about his use of different performance-enhancing substances and touches on his history, specifically when he began using banned substances:
In the clip that follows, Winfrey points out that for 13 years Armstrong “brazenly and defiantly denied everything you just admitted to … why now admit it”? Armstrong says “I don’t know that I have a great answer … I will start my answer by saying this is too late.”
Oprah Winfrey’s two-part interview with Lance Armstrong is close to selling out commercial time at premium prices, Reuters reports. OWN President Erik Logan said current and new sponsors have been calling to secure ad time during the Oprah’s Next Chapter interview that will air in primetime Thursday and Friday. Armstrong, who has been stripped of his Tour de France titles, admitted to Winfrey that he had used performance-enhancing drugs after years of vehement denials. The Armstrong interview was originally slated to air in a single showing but Winfrey subsequently decided there was enough material to spread across two nights. Some of the time for the Armstrong interview was pre-sold to regular advertisers of Oprah’s Next Chapter but the remaining slots ares going for a premium. Logan declined to provide specifics.
Is Lance Armstrong pedaling a confession? The disgraced former seven-time Tour de France cycling champion will appear on OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter on January 17, the network announced today. This interview with Oprah Winfrey will be Armstrong’s first since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged him with using illegal performance-enhancing drugs during a career that has made him one of America’s and the world’s most well-known athletes. The big question is whether Oprah will rip the skin off Armstrong the way she did author James Frey after he promoted his recovery memoir A Million Little Pieces, and then came back to be flayed when it was revealed he’d embellished big parts of the book.
On tonight’s Oprah’s Next Chapter, TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes reveals how she felt when former Grey’s Anatomy reguler Katherine Heigl said in 2008 she wanted her name taken out of Emmy consideration because she hadn’t been “given the material to warrant a nomination” in the show’s writing. Winfrey asks Rhimes, who also created Private Practice and Scandal, how that made her feel. “On some level it stung, and on some level I was not surprised,” the Grey‘s head writer, tells Oprah in a teaser for the interview (watch it below). “When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that with me a lot. It has served me well.”
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced that its Sunday night interview show Oprah’s Next Chapter will air around the world for the first time next month when Winfrey interviews pop singer Justin Bieber. The November 25 episode will roll out to more than 100 countries closely following its stateside premiere via Discovery Networks International’s female flagship channels TLC, Home & Heath, Real Time and DMAX.
Oprah Winfrey is getting together with the Kardashian family on Oprah’s Next Chapter with the first of two back-to-back episodes set to air Sunday, June 17 on the OWN network. It’s being billed as the family’s first television interview and it will be interesting to see if this provides a ratings bump for the network which has struggled from the get-go. It airs from 8-9 PM and will be followed by Part 2 of Winfrey’s interview with rapper and media mogul Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson from 9-10 PM.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network today unveiled its summer primetime lineup that includes six new series – Are You Normal, America?, Lives On Fire, Lovetown, USA, Million Dollar Neighborhood, Real Life: The Musical and Super Saver Showdown. The new Friday-Monday schedule includes fresh episodes of Oprah’s Next Chapter are on tap as well as the return of the documentary series Our America With Lisa Ling, which comes back June 10. Here’s the complete schedule:
Cable Notes: Nick At Nite Orders 80-Episode Telenovela, OWN Expands ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ To 2 Nights
Six years after MyNetwork TV’s failed attempt to launch U.S. versions of Spanish-language telenovelas as daily primetime soaps, Nickelodeon is giving it a shot. The cable network, in partnership with Mexican TV giant Televisa, has ordered 80 episodes of a daily, one-hour U.S. adaptation of the popular Mexican telenovela Reach For A Star (Alcanzar una Estrella) for Nick at Nite. Reach For A Star, which follows a teenage girl whose life changes completely when she becomes a star and wins the love of her teen idol, will be produced in association with Sony Pictures TV, with filming slated to begin in March for a premiere later this year on Nickelodeon’s nighttime block. Nickelodeon has already had success with an imported primetime soap, Canadian teen drama Degrassi. Reach For A Star will be co-executive produced by Emmy-winner Jill Farren Phelps (General Hospital) and Hisham Abed (The Hills). Josh Griffith (Young And The Restless) will serve as head writer.
Oprah Winfrey’s new weekly primetime show for OWN, Oprah’s Next Chapter, will expand to 2 nights a week — Sundays and Mondays — in February. The show, featuring Winfrey’s interviews with celebrities and newsmakers in their natural environment, got off to a strong start, posting OWN’s highest ratings since its launch last January with its first 2 episodes, but its ratings have subsequently declined.
This is more like it — the second episode of Oprah Winfrey’s new primetime series Oprah’s Next Chapter on Sunday drew 1.6 million total viewers, and a 1.3 women 25-54 rating. It ranked as the most-watched telecast on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, up 45% from the premiere in total viewers and 18% in women 25-54. The episode featured a interview with Pastor Joel Osteen at his …
Oprah Winfrey’s new primetime out-of-studio show Oprah’s Next Chapter will debut at 8 PM Sunday, January 1, 2012 with a two-hour segment featuring Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler from his home in New Hampshire. The OWN show will thereafter broadcast from 9 PM to 10 PM on Sundays beginning January 8. For the premiere, Winfrey met Tyler at the family home on Lake Sunapee. He talks to Winfrey about his years of battling drug addiction, his relationships with his wives and his new gig on American Idol. Future episodes will have Winfrey visiting a Hasidic Jewish family, fire-walking with high-energy motivator Tony Robbins and taking her first trip to India with Deepak Chopra.