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Oprah Winfrey Stops by 'Dr. Oz' to Show What She's Been Up To (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2011 12:00AM
Oprah Winfrey, 'The Dr. Oz Show'Oprah Winfrey stopped by the 'The Dr. Oz Show' (Weekdays, Syndicated) show to update her fans on what she's been up to since 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' went off the air. After 25 years "in the chairs," as she described it, Winfrey is excited to be getting up and "going out into the world just talking to people who I felt were interesting."

This includes film luminaries like George Lucas at his ranch, as well as a group of Hasidic Jews who'd never heard of her before agreeing to do her program. Clearly, the freedom that's been allowed her with the OWN network has opened Winfrey's mind to the possibilities of what she can explore.

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Oprah Sends Wendy Williams a Letter to Clarify She's Still BFFs with Gayle King (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 30th 2011 2:00PM
When Gayle King left her show on OWN to become the host of the new, reformatted CBS morning show, Wendy Williams wondered if the move might signal a behind-the-scenes rift between besties Oprah and Gayle King. She delivered a monologue urging the longtime friends to remember the good times and stay close. And apparently Oprah heard her plea. Or at least her people did, anyway, because Williams received a letter from "Oprah" reassuring her that Gayle and Oprah were still best friends.

Wendy read a copy of the letter Wednesday on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) and joked that she was keeping the original in a locked vault in her office. "There is only happiness for Gayle and this wonderful opportunity," the letter clarified. After the letter ended with a "Love, Oprah," Wendy added her own post-script: "stay black."

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Oprah Winfrey Returns to TV in 'Oprah's Next Chapter'

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 21st 2011 12:15PM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is set to put the OW back into OWN with the launch of her new series, 'Oprah's Next Chapter,' debuting Jan. 1 at 9PM ET. The new primetime series will take the media mogul away from the studio and on the road with celebrities, newsmakers, thought-leaders and real-life families.

"After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever -- moving around the country and the world talking to people I'm really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too," Winfrey said in a statement. "It is so energizing to be out and about in the world exploring new people, new places and new ideas."

The two-hour premiere episode will feature an in-depth conversation with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, with other celebrities, such as Sean Penn, George Lucas and Tony Robbins, lined up for future installments.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Oprah & Rosie Drink Tequila, Roker Gaffes Guthrie's Name & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 22nd 2011 1:30PM


Ever have one of those weeks where things just don't make sense? Just when the relentlessly boozy 'Jersey Shore' season was about to end, Oprah and Rosie O'Donnell started taking tequila shots. Al Roker botched one of his 'Today' colleague's names and Craig Ferguson made fun of his boss' sex scandal. And yesterday's tabloid homewreckers became today's reality show contestants.

Check out our five favorite videos from the week that was and vote for your personal favorite in our weekly poll.

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Oprah Winfrey Teaches Rosie O'Donnell How to Drink a Tequila Shot (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 18th 2011 12:00AM
Oprah Winfrey, 'The Rosie Show'Rosie O'Donnell learned something unexpected about the one-time queen of daytime television. She discovered that Oprah Winfrey likes to take tequila shots, and even had footage of Oprah teaching her how to take one on 'The Rosie Show' (Weeknights, 7PM ET on OWN).

O'Donnell seemed a bit surprised by the three-step process of properly drinking one down, but was game to try. Unfortunately, she didn't get to the lime part fast enough, and the tequila started to burn.

"What the hell?" she shouted before finally sucking the lime. "There should be a warning: It's gonna burn your throat!"

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Rosie O'Donnell Returns to TV -- and the Forecast Isn't Good

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 11th 2011 1:30PM

I hear Rosie O'Donnell has leagues of devoted fans, but I've never met one. I hope for Oprah Winfrey's sake that she asked her staff to produce evidence of these throngs of Rosie-lovers before she gave Rosie five live hours per week on her network.

Me, I never had very strong feelings about O'Donnell, at least not while she was enjoying her reign as the Queen of Nice. I admit I enjoyed the schadenfreude of her unmasking as not-that-nice, not-that-beloved and definitely not-that-into Tom Cruise, but the truth is I didn't pay her much attention. It was only in researching her recent history that I discovered just how many accusations of breach of contract and unprofessional behavior she leaves in her wake as she joins the OWN team.

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Ryan O'Neal Slams Oprah, Says Reconciliation With Tatum Was Just For TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 8th 2011 10:30AM
Ryan and Tatum O'NealRyan and Tatum O'Neal's happy ending at the end of 'Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals' wasn't all that real, according to Ryan.

Ryan told TV Guide Magazine the show hurt -- instead of helped -- his relationship with Tatum. He said the two are no longer speaking.

"We only reconciled on the show," he told the magazine. "Not in life. In fact, we're further apart now than we were when we started the show. So thanks, Oprah, for all your help."

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Rosie O'Donnell Opens Up About Her New OWN Show & Working Out Her Rage Issues

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 7th 2011 11:00AM
O, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'DonnellRosie O'Donnell used to be angry. Very angry.

The 49-year-old opens up about her anger issues in the October edition of O, The Oprah Magazine, and the extent of them might surprise you.

"You know, I think I had a lot more rage than I was aware of," O'Donnell says in the article, according to a preview of the issue on People.com. "But I've gotten back access to my other feelings. I'm not cut off from my emotions anymore ... The rage has gone away ... There's been a healing."

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Anthony Hopkins Linked With Rumored HBO Version of 'The Corrections'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 6th 2011 8:15AM
Anthony HopkinsJonathan Franzen's novel 'The Corrections' was the publishing sensation of 2001. It won multiple awards and made its author a household name.

Especially after Oprah Winfrey chose it as one of her Book Club picks and he famously turned down an invitation to appear on her show.

Rumors have swirled for years about possible movie and TV adaptations of the lengthy tome and now there are reports that producer Scott Rudin ('The Social Network,' 'There Will Be Blood') and writer-director Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale,' 'Margot at the Wedding') are close to a TV series deal with HBO.

According to Deadline, the cable network may soon place an order for a pilot episode.

It's also been reported that none other than Anthony Hopkins has expressed an interest in playing one of the central roles.

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Can Rosie O'Donnell Help Oprah Save Struggling OWN? (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 4:55PM
Oprah Winfrey's OWN network on 'The Insider'In her first week on the job at her OWN network, Oprah Winfrey discovered she was in for a much different experience than her 25-year tenure on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' In a note on her Facebook page, she wrote, "It's ten times harder than doing my daily show." 'The Insider' (weekdays, 7PM on CBS) reported on Winfrey's efforts to improve the network, including hiring Rosie O'Donnell to do her own show.

According to 'Insider,' OWN is the 63rd ranked cable network and Web site traffic has recently plunged by 50 percent. Winfrey is hoping O'Donnell's show, which shoots on Winfrey's old set, will give the network a boost when it debuts this fall. O'Donnell seems happy to be involved. "We did like a four-hour sort of sit down, what's going on, what do you think," she said. "At the end of it, she's like, what do you say we do this. I'm like, I'm in."

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'The Early Show' Reports on Oprah's Move to CEO and CCO of OWN (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 14th 2011 12:45PM
'The Early Show' reports on the Oprah Winfrey NetworkNews broke Wednesday that Oprah Winfrey has appointed herself CEO and Chief Creative Officer at the Oprah Winfrey Network. Thursday, 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look at the nascent network and the problems its run into since launching. According tot he report, OWN is averaging 267,000 viewers in prime time viewing hours, an improvement of just 12,000 viewers over Discovery Health, the network it displaced.

For someone used to dominating television in syndication, the numbers have to be a disappointment for Winfrey. But as Ronald Glover of Bloomberg Businessweek pointed out, cable is a different game. "Cable television is not afternoon television, it's not broadcast television," he told CBS. "The number of channels that the OWN channel is competing against is huge."

CBS also reported that Winfrey sent a memo to her staff, which read, in part, "We are in this boat together in a very real way now. And I will put my brand and my future on the line because I know this one team ... is the boat I want to be in." That's a good thing for Oprah, as since her show ended, OWN is the only TV boat she's in.

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Oprah Winfrey Named CEO and CCO of OWN

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 13th 2011 11:45AM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey has been named the new CEO and CCO of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Makes sense, right?

Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, presidents of Harpo Studios, will now become presidents of OWN. Winfrey's new title change takes place this fall while Logan and Salata's is effective immediately.

"I am ready to dedicate my full creative energy and focus as the full time CEO of OWN. By aligning the mission, talent and leadership of Erik, Sheri, the OWN team, the Harpo team, along with expertise of David Zaslav, Peter and all of Discovery behind us, we can unleash the full potential of the network," Winfrey said in a statement.

In a Facebook note to her fans, Winfrey called merging of Harpo and OWN as part of her "going with the flow" mentality.

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TV Star Fights With Octomom, Oscar Producers Downplay Oprah's Involvement & More TV News

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 10th 2011 4:00PM
Kristen Johnston, Nadya SulemanWhen Octomom became a household word, people everywhere dreamed of what they'd say to Nadya Suleman, the outrageous single mom of multiples who was grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons.

According to MSNBC, Kristen Johnston -- best known for her role on '3rd Rock From the Sun' -- got the chance on a recent flight from NYC to L.A.

Apparently Octomom was having trouble keeping her 12 children quiet, even before the flight took off, and the outspoken Johnston was not gonna put up with it for the entire cross-country trip.

Suleman's rep told E!: "Nadya and her children were in business class ... apparantly Kristen became upset and came from 1st class to tell her to keep her kids quiet. They had an altercation and Kristen got off the plane and never returned. While Nadya had help from her friend and two older children, it's not easy to travel with one two-year-old let alone eight two-year-olds on a plane. She did the best anyone could."

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Five Real-Life Couples We'd Love to See on Reality TV

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 12th 2011 10:00AM
Coco, Ice-T, Ice Loves CocoIce T and his wife, Coco, have been together for 10 years.

A decade is a long time in show business, but the rapper-turned-actor and model are still as devoted as ever. The couple, who were married in 2005, renewed their wedding vows in an over-the-top ceremony last weekend. Now, their so-weird-but-it-works relationship will take center stage in the E! reality series 'Ice Loves Coco' (premieres Sun., June 12 at 10:30PM).

The fact that it's taken them this long to step in front of reality cameras together had us a little surprised -- they odd couple seems made for TV -- but we're happy they're finally there. But it got us to thinking -- who else would we like to watch on the small screen?

Here are five other celebrity couples we think should get their own reality shows.

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Sarah Ferguson on Hitting Rock Bottom and Her New OWN Show, 'Finding Sarah' (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 10th 2011 2:00PM
Sarah Ferguson, Finding SarahWhen Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was caught by a British tabloid last year trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, she was sure she'd hit rock bottom.

The natural inclination after such an embarrassing incident is usually to slink as far away from the public eye as possible, but not for Ferguson -- instead, she decided to document her redemption in a six-part documentary series on OWN (premieres Sun., June 12 at 9PM ET).

It pays to have famous friends -- Ferguson told AOL TV that it was Oprah herself who suggested she film a show for OWN. After the jump, watch Ferguson discuss 'Finding Sarah,' which follows the Duchess as she seeks the assistance of self-help gurus big and small, from Dr. Phil and Suze Orman to a shaman and a horse whisperer.

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