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Behold the Power of Oprah: Daytime Queen Gets NBA Game Rescheduled and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 13th 2011 11:30AM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is flexing her muscles in an odd way. The exiting queen of daytime talk shows has gotten an NBA game rescheduled. Why? Because she's filming one of her final shows at the United Center, the arena where the Chicago Bulls were supposed to play the Miami Heat.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the game was supposed to take place on Tuesday, but because of Winfrey's shoot it has been postponed until Sunday.

"We just got the e-mail saying we were supposed to start next Tuesday, but Oprah has it then," Charles Barkley said on ESPN Radio. "So they said, well let's do it Monday. Oprah is having one of her last shows, so she's got the United Center locked up.

"They're going to set up Monday and tape her show Tuesday. So they just sent out an e-mail and said prepare to go to Chicago and start Game 1 Sunday afternoon," he said. "They're going to move it up three days, for Oprah."

The game is the first of NBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

Winfrey reportedly wants to give Maria Shriver her own show. According to RadarOnline.com, Shriver is said to have been approached by Winfrey earlier this year, but now that Shriver has separated from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Winfrey is pursuing Shriver harder.

In other TV News ...

Brian Williams will host a new primetime news magazine on NBC. Reports indicate exiting 'Today' anchor Meredith Vieria will also contribute to the new series. [Deadline]

Syfy is prepping a spinoff of 'Warehouse 13.' The new show will feature the H.G. Wells character. [THR]

'Off the Map' star Aimee Garcia is heading to 'Dexter.' Garcia will play Dexter's new nanny when the Showtime series returns. [TVLine]

Fresh off the cancellation of 'The Chicago Code,' Matt Lauria has joined 'Burn Notice.' Lauria will play Ethan, a discharged solider who may stick around for a few episodes. [TVLine]

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Brian

The title of this article makes no sense, its stating what its not, I mean they rescheduled but not because of her "power" its because she already has the building so they can't have it because its reserved for someone else, they make it seem like she said, "i don't like that, have the game another day" and they changed it, it was already taken. Wow sad what people do to get you to read a article

May 17 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patricia Mead

The NBA is going to have to wait a few more days for their overrated game. If Oprah had dibs on the center, then she deserves to keep her gig!

May 16 2011 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
startrekfan

AMEN!

May 14 2011 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jtassin227

How ridiculous for a championship game to be cancelled because of Oprah.

May 14 2011 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
romeyrone

**** oprah, It's been a long time since the Bulls been back in eastern conference finals! I surely will not miss oprah,never watch any of her shows! So long oprah & mayor daly!

May 14 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
escalante909

HEY OPIE....what the hey......YOU SEEM TO BE ..O. K. .....BUT,....WHY DON'T YOU KEEP YOUR OWN ...'GIG'...WITH YOUR OWN 'GROUPIES.'.....LET US ENJOY ...OURS.....LOVE YOU LADY....YOU'VE GOT CLASS.........SPARKY ! ! ! ...........

May 13 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Glocks Mom

Oprah..hmmmm had I known this would be the result of her long road to success, I would not have gone to two of her shows on the up start in Chicago. As a sports fan myself...people plan for games..giving out season tix to friends for games they can't make, etc.. Gift tix for birthdays, parties at specific locations well you get it. Here comes Oprah, ruining what would have been fabulous evenings for thousands of people due to her selfishness and total disregard. After this move, she won't have to worry about "ALL HER FANS" as she is showing her TRUE COLORS..walking over the LITTLE PEOPLE that put her where she is !

May 13 2011 at 7:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Winnie

The nerve of that woman. Thinks everyone should bow down to her gay .. ummm. I'm sure the people would much rather watch a game than this boring, know it all person.

May 13 2011 at 7:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sand3i

Can Oprah's ego get any bigger......please that is just pure crap!

May 13 2011 at 7:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Jim

The way it works is that you rent the arena, just like you rented your wedding hall. Oprah rented it before the NBA did. Simple as that.

May 13 2011 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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