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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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Maya Rudolph Swears She Isn't Doing an Oprah Impression on 'Up All Night' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 12th 2011 3:30PM
On 'Up All Night,' Maya Rudolph plays a flighty talk show host named Ava who's drawn a bevy of comparisons to Oprah Winfrey. Rudolph, who was known for her Oprah impersonation in her 'SNL' days, told 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) that despite the similarities, Ava isn't Oprah.

Rudolph explained that while some may see Ava as an O-clone, it's not what she's trying to do with the character. "People always think I'm doing Oprah I guess, because I did Oprah on the show. You definitely have to have cajones to be a talk show host. I don't think I could personally pull it off being myself, I like being characters more. I'm infusing her with this regal-ness that I like to play."

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Genie Francis' Genevieve Confronts Tristan Rogers' Colin on 'The Young and the Restless'

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 10th 2011 9:00AM
CBSPort Charles' loss has been Genoa City's gain.

In case you hadn't heard, Genie Francis (whose 'General Hospital' character Laura Baldwin Spencer was so wrongly left off my recent list of Top 15 Memorable Female Soap Opera Characters) is back on daytime as manipulative Genevieve Atkinson on 'The Young and the Restless.'

'Y&R' reached out to the Emmy-winning star after she appeared on a soap opera reunion show on 'Oprah' earlier this year, offering her the part of Cane's narcissistic mother -- the polar opposite of the long-suffering Laura. Watch for a dramatic showdown today between Genevieve and Colin, played by Francis' former 'GH' co-star Tristan Rogers (ex-Scorpio), that will prove that Cane's mama, in fact, is nobody's patsy.

AOL TV chatted with the fan favorite about a variety of topics including who else she'll be sharing screen-time with on 'Y&R,' a 'GH' storyline that blatantly ignored the show's rich history, which 'Y&R' leading man reminds her of the late, great Jimmy Stewart, and which Aaron Spelling series once wanted to sign her to a contract.

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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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'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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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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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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The 5 Best TVR Clips of the Week (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted May 7th 2011 12:00PM


It was a wild week at TV Replay, filled with parodies, bad poetry and multiples varieties of hilarity. Here are five our favorite clips; check them out and let us know which you enjoyed the most by voting in the poll below.

Donald Trump didn't have a very good week. After hounding President Obama for his birth certificate on every TV show that would have him, Obama released the official document, skewered Trump at the White House Press dinner, and then took out Osama bin Laden. Jimmy Fallon's Trump impression put a nice bow-tie on the cosmic absurdity of it all.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck dealt with the news of bin Laden's death in her own special way: by writing a 4-line children's poem to explain the news to her young kids. As Nick Zaino wrote at the time, "Caldecott Medal judges, take note."

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Jennifer Lopez Developing New Reality Talent Competition Show, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Renewed and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 21st 2011 1:30PM
Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez has her own talent competition series in the works, reports Entertainment Weekly. 'Que Viva' would see the star and her husband, Marc Anthony, scouring Latin America for undiscovered musical superstars.

There's no network set for the projects, but 'American Idol' producer Simon Fuller is on board. Of course, his involvement leads to the question of whether or not Lopez will continue as a judge on 'Idol' next season. She's only signed on for this year, but most reviews of her performance on the show have been positive.

In other TV news ...

'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' has been renewed for a third season. The show will continue through 2012. [EW]

HBO is producing Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'A Visit From the Goon Squad' as a TV series. The book follows the lives of a group of characters who meet in San Francisco's '80s punk rock scene. [Deadline]

Disgraced memoirist James Frey will appear on 'Oprah' again. It'll be his first appearance on the show after the talk show host laid into him in 2006 for faking details in his former Oprah Book Club pick 'A Million Little Pieces.' [NY Post]

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'Lone Star' Leads James Wolk and Eloise Mumford Book Pilots, David Arquette to Sit Down With Oprah and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 18th 2011 2:30PM
Lone Star, James Wolk, Adrianne Palicki, Eloise MumfordFinally, the critically lauded stars of 'Lone Star' have all found other gigs. Adrianne Palicki was cast yesterday in David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' reboot, and now the other two leads have booked pilots of their own.

The charming James Wolk will play young speechwriter Andrew Pierce in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Washington, D.C.–set ABC pilot, 'Georgetown.' According to Vulture, the casting breakdown describes the character as a "handsome, effortlessly charming, sophisticated, brilliant, Yale graduate" and "the youngest presidential speech-writer on record."

Eloise Mumford, who played Wolk's sweetly innocent girlfriend on 'Lone Star,' is the first one cast in the ABC thriller drama 'The River.' She'll star as a "fearless helicopter pilot" searching for a missing TV explorer and his cameraman (who also happens to be her father) in the Amazon, according to Deadline.

In other TV news ...

Disney isn't letting the 'High School Musical' franchise die with its cast's innocence, not with 'Madison High' in the works. The new series will follow drama teacher Ms. Darbus as she moves from East High to the titular school to rebuild the drama program there. [Variety]

David Giuntoli will solve mysteries as the handsome detective lead on NBC's 'Grimm.' Like many other pilots this season, the drama's got fantastical elements: characters from the Grimm brothers fairy tales exist, and Giuntoli's Nick Burckhardt is tasked with protecting humans from the beasts. [Deadline]

David Arquette will replace Michael Vick on 'Oprah' next week. The fresh-out-of-rehab 'Scream 4' star will replace the Eagles quarterback, who abruptly cancelled his appearance two days ago. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Gwyneth Paltrow Resolves 'Glee' / Kings of Leon Feud, January Jones Talks 'Mad Men' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 17th 2011 1:10PM
Gwyneth PaltrowThe Kings of Leon and Ryan Murphy have resolved their feud in the form of an unlikely peacemaker: Gwyneth Paltrow.

The actress, who starred in Murphy's 2006 film 'Running With Scissors,' took it upon herself to patch things up between the feuding parties -- via text message, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After the band said they wouldn't license their music to 'Glee,' Murphy, uh, quoted the lyrics to the non-censored version of Cee Lo's 'Forget You.' The band insisted it often turns down such requests and it wasn't meant as an insult to the show, but drummer Nathan Followill got into a war of words with Murphy on Twitter.

According to THR's source, though, after Paltrow's intervention "it's all good now."

In other TV news ...

The 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' animated series is getting a whole hairier -- the most famous Wookie of all, Chewbacca, will appear in the show's season finale. "Rrrrrrrowwwwr," confirmed Chewie to the New York Times this morning when asked if the rumors were true. [NY Times]

January Jones thinks everyone should just chill out about 'Mad Men' because she's certain a new season will eventually be filmed. "People should relax," she said about speculation over the ongoing contract discussions that have stalled production on the yet-to-be-announced season 5. [Entertainment Weekly]

VH1 announced a star-packed lineup for the 15th season of its popular 'Storytellers' series. Kings of Leon will lead off the new season, which is set to premiere in May. Also getting episodes of their own are Death Cab for Cutie, Cee Lo Green, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray Lamontagne. [THR]

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'Glee' Breaks Elvis Presley Billboard Record, Michael Vick Cancels On 'Oprah' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 16th 2011 6:30PM
'Glee' Elvis Presley has been dethroned by the cast of 'Glee.'

With 113 hit tunes to Presley's 108, the the hit Fox show now officially has the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

According to Billboard, the six new tunes on Thursday's chart bring the 'Glee' gang above the King, as well as other musical luminaries like James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and The Beatles. The first 'Glee' entry on the chart came less than two years ago when 'Don't Stop Believin'' landed at number 4 in June 2009.

The only modern acts to come close to 'Glee''s record are Lil Wayne and Jay-Z, who have 67 and 62 entries, respectively.

In other TV news ...

Michael Vick pulled out of his upcoming 'Oprah' appearance for "personal reasons." The episode was scheduled to air next Thurs., Feb. 24, and the show has not yet found a replacement. [Entertainment Weekly]

Seth MacFarlane will be the roast master during Comedy Central's upcoming Donald Trump roast. The show is scheduled to tape March 9. He's got some experience in the field, having hosted the David Hasselhoff roast last year. [Deadline]

'Saturday Night Live' alum Rachel Dratch is adding "author" to her resume. The comedian is writing a book about her post-'SNL' life and becoming a mother at 44. [Splitsider]

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Piers Morgan's First Guest: Oprah Winfrey

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 6th 2011 3:45PM
Piers Morgan, Oprah WinfreyAs promised, Piers Morgan has booked an extremely high-profile guest for the debut episode of his new CNN show: Oprah Winfrey.

Morgan previously mentioned that he wanted to book President Obama as his first guest. Hey, if he couldn't get the actual Commander in Chief, Oprah is essentially television's version of the same.

"No one can say that Oprah isn't a great get," Morgan told critics in Los Angeles this afternoon, Entertainment Weekly reports. "It's ridiculous. She's one of two or three of the most brilliant gets in the world. She's a compelling interview. Everyone has interviewed Oprah over the years. Is my interview as good as the ones that have been done before? She thought so. I guarantee you'll enjoy this one."

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Chelsea Handler Jokes That Oprah Is a Lesbian (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 30th 2010 3:47AM
Chelsea Handler Jokes That Oprah Is a LesbianSo, what's in the news these days? Chelsea Handler has the scoop. On the new 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), Ms. Handler discussed the strange case of an Indian woman who was married for six months, only to learn that her "husband" was actually ... also a woman.

Chelsea being Chelsea, this somehow led to a discussion about Oprah Winfrey.

"This is Oprah's greatest fantasy!" the host said, referring to the idea that Oprah might secretly be a lesbian who prefers women to men. ... Ah ha ha ha! Ha ha! Whooo! No one has ever made a joke like this about Oprah before. ... Oh, right. Everyone has actually made this joke already. Still, it never hurts to go back to the classics.

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Chris Rock Roasts Oprah, Obama and Paul McCartney at the 'Kennedy Center Honors' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 29th 2010 2:01AM
Chris Rock Roasts Oprah, Obama and Paul McCartney at the 'Kennedy Center Honors'Oprah, the President, and a Beatle sitting together in a box. It already sounds like the set-up for a joke. And luckily, comedian Chris Rock had a few jokes ready.

Oprah Winfrey and Sir Paul McCartney were at 'The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors' (Tue., 9PM ET on CBS) to be awarded for "lifetime contributions to American culture." President Barack Obama was just along for the ride. (Being president is not as important as being a British singer or hosting a talk show where you give away cars, clearly.)

Still, since the ceremony was held in D.C., the Prez got to hang out with Oprah and Sir Paul, in a box seat above the stage. And Chris Rock had a few quips involving Obama and Oprah. "I walk in this room, and it's an amazing feeling to look up and see the most powerful person in the world," Chris said. " ... And right next to her ... Barack Obama." Ouch! Mr. President, you have been zinged.

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