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Coming Soon: 'Oprah's Next Chapter'

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 8th 2010 10:00AM
For over a decade, Oprah Winfrey's Book Club has brought some of the most important and powerful works of literature to the attention of her legion of fans. Now, though, she's about to turn the page on her own story.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Oprah has announced the she will be hosting 'Oprah's Next Chapter' for her new cable network OWN. The series, which will likely air two-to-three times per week in prime time, will follow Oprah out of the studio as she travels the world in search of people with stories to tell.

Oprah, of course, is currently wrapping up her stint on the syndicated 'Oprah Winfrey Show,' which has dominated daytime ratings for decades. Moving to cable -- and prime time -- is a bold next step for the Queen of All Media, whose Oprah Winfrey Network is slated to debut on Jan. 1.For over a decade, Oprah Winfrey's Book Club has brought some of the most important and powerful works of literature to the attention of her legion of fans. Now, though, she's about to turn the page on her own story.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Oprah has announced the she will be hosting 'Oprah's Next Chapter' for her new cable network OWN. The series, which will likely air two-to-three times per week in prime time, will follow Oprah out of the studio as she travels the world in search of people with stories to tell.

Oprah, of course, is currently wrapping up her stint on the syndicated 'Oprah Winfrey Show,' which has dominated daytime ratings for decades. Moving to cable -- and prime time -- is a bold next step for the Queen of All Media, whose Oprah Winfrey Network is slated to debut on Jan. 1.

Just when Winfrey herself and 'Oprah's Next Chapter' will appear on the network, though, is still a bit vague. Her contract for the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' doesn't expire until September 9, 2011, meaning that it's unlikely her busy filming schedule will allow her to take on another full-time series until that time.

Still, given her track record, we wouldn't bet against Oprah. And in the meantime, chances are she'll find a way to make her presence known on OWN one way or the other, including possibly as the host of a book-club show. Because as Oprah herself told the Wall Street Journal, when it comes to programming for OWN, "my name's going to show up on that grid a lot."

We wouldn't have it any other way.

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