Oprah Winfrey And Rosie O’Donnell Shows To Debut On Five Discovery Networks

(Los Angeles, CA) – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that the premiere episodes of the new OWN series “The Rosie Show” and “Oprah’s Lifeclass” will air concurrently across five Discovery Communications networks when the series debut

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OWN To Launch ‘Super Soul Sunday’ Block

By | Tuesday September 27, 2011 @ 11:51am PDT

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network will debut a new programming block, “Super Soul Sunday,” on October 16. The three-hour block will include never-before-seen episodes of Oprah’s Soul Series, which features one-on-one conversations between Winfrey and various authors, thinkers and spiritual … Read More »

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UPDATE: Discovery Chief Says 3D TV Growing “Slower Than Expected” As 2Q Company Results Beat Estimates

UPDATE, 6:50 AM: Not much from the conference call with analysts about the most interesting story at Discovery: the recent changes at its struggling joint venture with Oprah Winfrey, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah recently named herself CEO and Chief Creative Officer. Zaslav says that “she is in place as CEO already,” and “we now have her creative team in place.” That means Discovery COO Peter Ligouri — named OWN’s interim CEO in May when the partners dumped Christina Norman — can “spend more time with us.” Read More »

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TCA: Oprah Winfrey Eyes “Unity” At OWN, Rosie O’Donnell Tells Why She Picked Network For New Show

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

TCA: OWN Announces Premiere Dates For ‘Rosie’ & ‘OWN Your Life’
Oprah Winfrey blew through the TCA press tour today to address critics at a morning session promoting OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, having been freshly installed as CEO of the network owned by Discovery Communications. She’d acknowledged earlier this summer that she hadn’t been dedicating all of her energies to OWN and aimed to change that going forward, in part to address its growing pains in the form of falling ratings. ”In my new role, I am focusing on the unity of Harpo and OWN, aligning them together,” she told the gathered critics. To that end, she introduced OWN’s new co-presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, former heads at Harpo Studios who joined the new network in June. It’s no secret that OWN has struggled to find its footing and an identity, with a lineup of cheesy reality shows and little programming flow. Key to that new push is the hiring of Rosie O’Donnell, whom Winfrey also introduced today.

O’Donnell charmed the room with her wisecracking, no-nonsense style, discussing how her coming to OWN went down when she’d been courted by much larger and deeper-pocketed networks. ”I called my agent and told him to call the Oprah people, because I wanted to go to OWN,” she said. “And you know how agents only care about what you want to do, not finances? My agent was thrilled that I wanted to go to basic cable and not one of the major networks. … Oprah came in with a bunch of people from her staff and asked, ‘Why do you want to do this?’ And I’m like, ‘Because it’s you.’ With Oprah, it’s a huge stamp of approval, almost like being knighted in a way.” Read More »

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TCA: OWN Announces Premiere Dates For ‘Rosie’ & ‘OWN Your Life’

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s network, announced an Oct. 10 premiere date for its new nightly Rosie O’Donnell talk show The Rosie Show and OWN Your Life: The Oprah Class. Rosie will air weeknights at 7, OWN Your Life at 8. The latter will feature … Read More »

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When Will Oprah Just Call Herself Empress?

Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that Oprah Winfrey will expand her role as chairman of the network and become the permanent chief executive officer and chief creative officer, effective this Fall. OWN also announced that Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, currently presidents of Harpo Studios, will now become presidents of OWN, effective immediately. Logan and Salata will work closely with Discovery Communications chief operating officer Peter Liguori in his role as interim CEO to ensure a smooth transition and maximum creative output over the coming months.

Additionally, all future television production at Harpo Studios will be directed exclusively to OWN, strengthening the alignment and programming mission of both companies. Going forward, Logan and Salata will maintain their leadership and oversight responsibilities for OWN produced content at Harpo Productions Inc including ROSIE debuting in October, OPRAH PRESENTS MASTER CLASS, IN THE BEDROOM WITH DR. LAURA BERMAN, and OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER coming in January 2012. Lisa Erspamer will also continue at OWN in the role of executive vice president of production and development.

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OWN & TLC Pick Up Off-Net Rights To ‘Undercover Boss’

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and TLC have acquired off-network rights to Undercover Boss from CBS Television Distribution, with the plan to schedule the CBS series beginning in fall 2012. The series averaged more than 17 million viewers an episode during … Read More »

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Cable Show: Ari Emanuel Comedy Gold As Confab Begins On Light Note

Hollywood is very much on the minds of cable executives meeting in Chicago this week at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s annual trade show. Introducing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his welcoming remarks, Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said that “in our industry he’s known as Ari’s brother” — referring to WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel. The mayor picked up the theme by offering a mock apology on behalf of his family. “You know him as an agent,” he said. “We know him as a brother. We thought we got the worse end of the deal.” He said that when HBO introduced its series Entourage, Ari wanted to know what Rahm thought of the Ari Gold character who’s based on the super agent. “I like Ari Gold more than I like you,” Rahm says he replied. Read More »

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OWN To Go Dark During Finale Of ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ & Celebrate Oprah For Week

By | Tuesday May 24, 2011 @ 2:00pm PDT
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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will preempt its regular programming from 4-5 PM ET when the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show will air in most East Coast markets to run a message directing viewers to the finale. The cable channel … Read More »

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OWN Adding Four Series To Lineup In June

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that four new series — Unfaithful: Stories Of Betrayal, The Dr. Laura Berman Show, Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind and Carson Nation — will premiere in June. Unfaithful, which follows couples who have survived … Read More »

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Shania Twain Series Debut Scores For OWN

By | Tuesday May 10, 2011 @ 11:25am PDT
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Finally some good ratings news for struggling OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The premiere of the new original series Why Not? With Shania Twain on Sunday drew 839,000 viewers and a 0.80 rating in women 25-54 at 11 PM. That was … Read More »

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OWN Taps Lifetime’s Scott Garner As SVP Scheduling & Acquisitions

By | Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 11:51am PDT

Scott Garner, most recently Senior Vice President of Planning, Scheduling & Acquisitions at Lifetime Networks, is moving to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network as SVP Scheduling & Acquisitions. He will be responsible for strategic planning and scheduling … Read More »

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