June 11, 2012 |
Has OWN, the struggling Oprah Winfrey network, finally jumped the shark? The announcement that Winfrey will sit down with Kim Kardashian and her entire family for a segment of "Oprah's Next Chapter" might suggest that OWN may be entering a heightened state of desperation in its hunger for ratings. Winfrey is sitting down with the Kardashian family members - and their significant others - at the Jenner home in Hidden Hills for an interview that will air June 17. The interview will be followed by Part 2 of Winfrey's interview with rapper and "media mogul Curis "50 Cent" Jackson.
May 7, 2011 |
Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc. four months ago sought to lower expectations for the launch of their high-profile joint venture — OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network — stressing it would take time for the new cable channel to find an audience. But the fledgling channel's tepid start failed to match even their most modest assumptions. On Friday, the channel's chief executive, Christina Norman, was ousted, and Discovery's No. 2 executive, Peter Liguori, took over the Los Angeles-based channel on an interim basis.
December 21, 2010 |
It happened in its OWN time. After three years of planning, delays and management misfires, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network finally arrives Jan. 1, the biggest launch of a cable channel in more than a decade. Wall Street and the television industry are eager to see whether the celebrity who can unleash consumer trends can leverage the success of her 25-year run in daytime television into a 24-hour cable channel. The new channel is a mix of programming that encourages people to "live their best lives" with the empowerment message that is the Oprah Winfrey brand.
March 31, 2012 |
"A queen is not afraid to fail," Oprah Winfrey once said. "Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. " Now the television queen may have a chance to prove the adage. Her Los Angeles-based Oprah Winfrey Network has been hobbled by missteps, ego clashes, a revolving door in the executive suite and, most important, low ratings. OWN's stumbles suggest, at the least, that even in celebrity-obsessed America, fame alone doesn't guarantee success. PHOTOS: 25 great "Oprah" moments The network was born 15 months ago with high hopes of becoming the television equivalent of Winfrey's O magazine.
April 21, 2009 |
One of the first executives hired at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is not going to live her best life with Winfrey after all. The network announced that Robin Schwartz, president of OWN, resigned Monday. Schwartz joined OWN in July as programming chief after wowing the media maven/taste-maker during her job interview. Schwartz, the former president of Regency Television, helped open the channel's offices in Los Angeles and set up its program development process.
August 28, 2011
Dear Oprah Winfrey: It's been a month and a half since you announced that you would be forfeiting the much-deserved vacation you planned to take after the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to devote yourself to the struggling Oprah Winfrey Network. Now, I realize that is not a lot of time, but I've seen the description of the new fall lineup, and I'm a little concerned. The new "Rosie O'Donnell Show" could be terrific, or not, as Rosie tends to be, but the three other new shows — a reality show about a St. Louis family-owned soul food restaurant ("Welcome to Sweetie Pie's")