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TV 101: The Post-Oprahpolyptic Era

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jun 2nd 2011 4:00PM
Don't worry everyone! Oprah will be OK. But how will we do without her?

She has certainly changed the talk show game, fostering a relationship with fans and our culture that transcends that of most every other host that has come and gone during her tenure as the reigning overlord of daytime talk, with the exception of Jerry Springer who is more like the reigning "guy who cleans up after the strippers."

But what will TV look like in this Post-Oprahpolyptic (I'm trademarking that) time of confusion and sadness?

Let's take a look at what some of you are already experiencing: Life without Oprah.

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Dr. Oz Talks About Moving Into 'Oprah's' Time Slot on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted May 26th 2011 7:00PM
Dr. Mehmet Oz and 'The Dr. Oz Show' is moving into 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' time slot and the good doctor was on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to talk about what that means to him and his show.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck kicked things off by asking him, "Do you feel pressure moving into that time zone? ... What's your mindset?"

Despite the fact that it's a mighty time slot to fill, Dr. Oz feels no pressure. Instead, he said he has a responsibility.

"At the end of the day what I'm really doing is carrying on the tradition she's crafted," he said. "Historically, there was always a healer or a teacher, someone in the village who connected everybody. They made them feel that they were worthy. That's what Oprah taught me how to do. I spent eight years at Oprah University," which is more years than he spent at college and med school.

He's made the commitment to make her proud. "That's my intention, my promise."

Lofty ideals indeed ...

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'The Oprah Winfrey Show' Finale Gets Highest Ratings Since 1994

by Jean Bentley, posted May 26th 2011 2:30PM
Oprah WinfreyIt seems Oprah Winfrey's message of love and self-acceptance during the final episode of her talk show was enough to boost yesterday's goodbye to the top of the ratings.

Despite the fact that none of the multitude of celebrities present at the taping in Chicago's United Center actually appeared during the episode, during which Winfrey looked back on her 25 years on television, the last installment of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' scored a major 13.3 household rating.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that's the biggest audience for a single episode since 1994. For a show that's been on the air for two and a half decades, that's a pretty respectable way to go out. The previous record-holder: a Feb. 21, 1994 show called 'People Shed Their Disguises,' "during which Winfrey convinced guests to stop hiding behind questionable style and grooming choices," THR reports.

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'Oprah' Won't Say Goodbye, But 'Until We Meet Again' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 25th 2011 6:20PM
The final 'Oprah Winfrey Show'After two days of the arena-rock version of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) and a parade of guest stars, Winfrey took the stage alone back at her studio today to say thank you to the fans and wrap things up. She said there were "no words to match this moment," contemplating 25 years and 4,561 days of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' And she refused to say goodbye.

"I thank you for being as much of a sweet inspiration for me as I've tried to be for you," she said. "I won't say goodbye. I'll just say, until we meet again."

Few would expect Winfrey to retire from television, especially now that she has OWN, her Oprah Winfrey Network. But there are no immediate plans for a new show. That might change by the time her reruns finish airing in syndication.

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Live Blogging Oprah's Final Show

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 25th 2011 10:05AM
Well, Oprah's final show is here. Depending on your level of Oprah love, it's time to either get out your tissue box or your vomit bucket.

But I'm here not to pass judgement on Oprah's 25-year daytime career, offer an assessment of her influence or offer you another list of memorable Oprah moments. The goal here is to share a comprehensive live-blog of the final episode of her daytime show.

Yep, after 283 Favorite Things, 1.3 million audience members and several dozen free cars, the Queen of Daytime is signing off. And since the show airs at 9 a.m. in Chicago, which is where your fearless correspondent lives, you can read about the whole going-away shebang here before you even have lunch! You're welcome.

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Your Favorite 'Oprah Winfrey Show' Moments

by Chris Harnick, posted May 25th 2011 6:00AM
Oprah WinfreyGet those tissues out because it's time for Oprah's big goodbye.

The daytime diva is wrapping up 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' after 25 years of laughs, tears, Favorite Things and free cars.

It's no secret that Oprah has had a profound effect on her viewers and the TV landscape as a whole -- just look at this list of wannabe Oprah talk show hosts who've come and gone during the big O's reign.

To honor Oprah and you, her loyal viewers, we asked for your favorite 'Oprah Winfrey Show' moments on Facebook and Twitter using the #OprahMoment hashtag.

From big gifts to heartbreaking tales, check out what you deemed your favorite 'Oprah' moments.

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More Stars Turn Out For the Oprah Finale Extravaganza, Part Two (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 24th 2011 6:30PM
'The Oprah Winfrey Show'The second part of the 'Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular' aired today, and was pretty much a repeat of yesterday's cavalcade of stars with some different faces.

It's all a part of saying goodbye to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), which will bid its final farewell with tomorrow's show, which should be much more low-key. Today, we had Usher, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Smith, Michael Jordan, Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou and more.

Last week's taping forced the United Center to move a Chicago Bulls/Miami Heat NBA playoff game, which confused Seinfeld. "I went to see a Bulls game and it was packed, it was fans, it was the playoffs," he said. "And then somehow it all changed and I was on the Oprah show." Maria Shriver was a surprise guest, who thanked Winfrey for giving her "the truth."

It was a teary affair, with Stedman Graham confessing his love for his lady O and a bunch of people singing with candles, but it ended with a big happy musical number.

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OWN Halts Programming for 'Oprah Winfrey Show' Finale

by Chris Harnick, posted May 24th 2011 5:40PM
Oprah WinfreyIf you tune into OWN on Wed., May 25 between 4-5PM ET, you won't see much. The channel is going dark and pointing viewers to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' series finale.

Programming will be halted and a message will ask viewers to turn their attention to the finale. Fitting, since it's Oprah Winfrey's network.

In addition to the special stop in programming, OWN is planning six days of Oprah-themed programs to honor Winfrey and her TV legacy.

"We couldn't think of a more appropriate way to honor Oprah than for OWN to celebrate her ongoing legacy and enormous contribution to daytime television," Peter Liguori, interim CEO of OWN, said in a statement. "We will all be watching this truly historic event."

The full schedule is below.

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Queen Latifah on the 'Oprah' Finale (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 24th 2011 4:15PM
Queen Latifah talks about Oprah Winfrey on 'The View'Queen Latifah was part of the tapings for 'Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,' a two-part series finale. The first part aired yesterday, the second airs today, final show tomorrow. On today's edition of 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Latifah said of the show was beautiful, emotional and fun, and that she was actually a bit nervous to take part in it.

Latifah appeared with Halle Berry and Katie Holmes to pay tribute to Oprah Winfrey. "I don't usually get nervous at things like that," she said, "but to walk out there with Halle and Katie and deliver our initial, you know, sort of speech, I was like, 'OK, you've got to get down those stairs, don't trip! Do a good job, really show up for her."

Latifah said there was also a bit of melancholy to the proceedings, as Winfrey said goodbye to the show and her fans. She's not sure Winfrey was completely settled it for herself, but said it looked like she had a blast.

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Oprah's Daytime Domination: 13 Talk Shows That Died During Her 25-Year Reign

by Jean Bentley, posted May 24th 2011 11:00AM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey has managed to stay on the air for a nearly unrivaled 25 years while keeping her show current and fresh. How? That's a mystery we mere mortals may never understand.

But there were several stars who attempted to duplicate the big O's success over the years, all starting with the naming standard no future host would dare to change: 'The [Insert Name of Host] Show.'

Though many managed to last more than a decade each (persistence paid off for Montel Williams, Ricki Lake, Geraldo Rivera and Jenny Jones), no other talk show host has made it to the quarter century mark.

To show you just how big a feat Oprah has accomplished, here's a list of 13 daytime talk shows that came and went during Oprah's tenure, a feature which could also be called Talk Shows that Oprah Killed.

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The Parade of Guest Stars Continues on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 23rd 2011 7:15PM
Oprah WinfreyThe Op-rapture continued Monday on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), as more and more stars lined up to say goodbye to Oprah Winfrey and her show. The final episodes air Monday and Wednesday: A special two-part "Farewell Spectacular" taped live at the United Center in Chicago. A parade of guests, including Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Madonna, Diane Sawyer and more, appeared on stage to honor Winfrey.

Beyonce also showed up to sing her new song, 'Run the World,' introduced by a young girl who said, "Because of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' we believe girls can run the world." Winfrey responded by yelling "girls, girls, girls" from the audience.

Winfrey ended up addressing the crowd. "Thank you for being part of this," she said, "this great night, this celebration of what you have done for 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' " Who's left for Wednesday?

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Oprah Gives Her Favorite Guest of All Time a Very Big Helping Hand (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 20th 2011 9:00PM
Dr. Trent on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'Friday's theme on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) was "Memorable Guests," and the guest in question was Dr. Tererai Trent, a woman from Zimbabwe who grew up unable to get an education. She was married when she was 11 years old and by the time she was 18 had three kids. Tererai moved to the U.S., got her education, and pledged to help other young girls get theirs. Winfrey said Dr. Trent was her "favorite guest ever," and decided to give her a little help.

"Your story is at the core of everything I believe," Winfrey said, "... in the possibility of a human life on Earth. And for that reason, I'm going to help you build your school. I'm donating a million and a half dollars."

According to Winfrey, the school will help educate 4,000 children.

"We are going to build a school together!" Oprah exclaimed. "We are going to build a school."

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Katie Couric Close to Signing ABC Talk Show Deal

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 20th 2011 9:30AM
Katie CouricEver since Katie Couric announced she was stepping down from 'The CBS Evening News' there's been constant speculation as to what she'll do next.

The most persistent rumor has linked her with ABC and that network's plans to fill the Oprah-sized hole in their daytime lineup. Now, it seems as though Couric will indeed be getting her own daytime talk show.

Even though she signed off from 'Evening News' last night, Couric's still under contract with CBS until June 6, so no official announcement about her future is expected for another few days. However, 'The Los Angeles Times' says she's close to signing a deal to launch a new ABC syndicated talk show in the fall of 2012. And, that it may reunite Couric with her former 'Today' colleague, Matt Lauer.

The 'Times' says that while much of the deal has been has been hammered out, there are still outstanding "issues" surrounding compensation. Couric landed a record-breaking $15-million payday when she signed with CBS.

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Jennifer Aniston and Hugh Jackman Say Goodbye to 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 19th 2011 7:30PM
Hugh Jackman on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'It's getting down to the final days of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), and the stars are starting to line up to pay their tribute. The final show airs May 25, and big names like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Beyonce have shown up at tapings for the finale. Today, it was Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Aniston who appeared in pre-taped clips saying an emotional goodbye to Winfrey and the show.

"It really makes me very sad," Aniston said, "cause it's something that I think we've all grown up with." Aniston praised Winfrey for her inspirational words, honesty and joy, and said she'll miss her deeply. Wolverine (a.k.a. Jackman) was also surprisingly tender. "At some point, when you get to look back, I know you're going to be incredibly proud of how you've given fully of yourself to everybody and done it with love," he said. "And that is rare."

Jackman did point out that the talk show may be going away, but Winfrey is still going to be around. That's something to remember as this starts to look more and more like a memorial. More than likely, she will resurface on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Oprah's Scientology Ties: Big Show Moments With the Church's Hollywood Elite

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 19th 2011 9:00AM
Oprah WinfreyIs Oprah a Scientologist? Just Googling that question returns 127,000 results, so we know we're not alone in asking.

On the heels of the announcement that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith would be guests on one of Oprah's final shows, three things popped into my head: 1) random! 2) are they getting a reality series on OWN? and 3) man, she's shared a lot of big, memorable moments with famous (alleged) Scientologists.

I mean, I've been convinced for months now that Oprah's last show would be a tribute to her loyal viewers. (That's thanks in large part to mainlining marathons of OWN's 'Oprah Behind the Scenes,' on which Oprah is always saying it's "for the fans.") A walk down memory lane, a parting gift, in the spiritual sense, reminding them to pay it forward ... not another chat with some fancy Hollywood A-listers!

So I was pleasantly surprised when the A-list-o-rama turned out to be for a two-show goodbye to air Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24, before her actual finale on Wednesday, May 25.

Will and Jada were there in full force to play a 'This Is Your Life'-style game with Oprah, along with an army of other celebs. Literally everyone was there -- but the only other person hogging more O time was Tom Cruise, another famous Scientologist.

Take a look at our list of big Oprah show moments shared with members, admitted and suspected, of the mysterious church -- an Oprah Scientology Yearbook of sorts.

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