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August 27, 2009 | Meg James
The Oprah Winfrey Network seems to have everything needed to succeed: some of the best creative minds in the business, strong financial backing, a loyal audience and enthusiastic advertisers eager to buy commercial time. But more than 20 months after the announcement that Winfrey was teaming with Discovery Communications Inc. to create a cable channel that celebrates her ethos, "Living your best life," not much has happened -- except for a revolving door of executives. Three top programmers abruptly left the Los Angeles-based network in recent months, and development spending has been cut. OWN was supposed to have launched by now, but its debut has been pushed back to mid-2010.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" was greeted over the weekend with disastrous box office and horrible reviews. Most networks that had been planning to base a series on the film might be having second thoughts about those plans after seeing the evidence that the movie not only tanked with Perry's core audience, but marked his worst showing ever at the box office. But OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, isn't most networks. Perry apparently can do whatever he wants at OWN, with Winfrey's blessing.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Lindsay Lohan stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Thursday to promote her Oprah Winfrey Network docu-series and catch up with her old friend Jimmy Fallon.  Unlike the late-night skewerings the embattled star has experienced, Fallon was friendly and warm to the newly clean starlet, who also appeared on his first episode of "The Tonight Show" last month. On Sunday, OWN will premiere "Lindsay," Oprah Winfrey's docu-series, which is being credited with helping Lohan get back on her feet since she left her court-ordered rehab in July 2013.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2009 | Meg James
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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")
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Greg Braxton and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
After years in the making, the moment of destiny is at hand: Two of entertainment's most prominent super power brokers are joining forces, prompting a parade of hoopla, self-congratulation - and skepticism. If it were a summer movie, it might be titled "Tyler Perry's Oprah: OWNing It. " Or doubters might suggest an alternative: "Crass of the Titans. " Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, longtime friends and probably the most influential African American figures in show business, are leading the Oprah Winfrey Network into the scripted series arena this summer.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2009 | Meg James
The highly anticipated but delayed OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network will soon have a chief creative executive. Lisa Erspamer, who will join the Los Angeles operation in January, has something that executives who preceded her lacked: experience working directly for the demanding Winfrey. Erspamer is co-executive producer of Winfrey's daytime talk show, a position she has held for three years. OWN said Wednesday that Erspamer would work with other executives to "create, shape and drive programming and ensure Oprah's unique editorial voice across all platforms."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
One thing has become clear when your name is Oprah Winfrey: You can do whatever you want, no matter how bewildering it is. Reports that the former talk show host, who is the founder and head of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, may be headed for Broadway to star with Audra McDonald in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play " 'night, Mother" is raising a few eyebrows and questions. Is she craving the roar of the crowd again? Is Winfrey bored with running a television network which bears her name?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
No surprise here. It looks like "Lee Daniels' The Butler" will have a second life as a TV show on OWN, the network created by Oprah Winfrey, who starred in the movie.  OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network said on Thursday that it has acquired the network television rights to the hit film from the  Weinstein Co. to begin airing a show in  2017.  The drama, in which Forest Whitaker plays a White House butler who serves three decades' worth...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Nobody tells Oprah she can't afford a handbag. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest entertainers in the world, thanks to her willdly successful 25-season run on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and her latest media foray with the newly revitalized Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The entertainer earned an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone, according to Forbes, but she says she still experiences racism because she is African American. Take this latest incident in Switzerland, where "The Butler" star went to attend the nuptials of good friend and singer Tina Turner last month.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Oprah Winfrey has high hopes for Lindsay Lohan this time around. The talk-show-host-turned-OWN-CEO appeared live on "Good Morning America" Tuesday and shared some insight during the morning show's discussion panel.  "That was really a great interview," Winfrey said of her "in-depth" talk with the troubled starlet, who completed her latest 90-day stint in rehab last week. The interview will air on Winfrey's OWN Aug. 18.  PHOTOS: The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan As for Lohan's condition, Winfrey said she was pleased with the headway the 27-year-old "Mean Girls" star was making after years of addiction struggles and run-ins with the law. "I thought that she was in the best place I've ever seen her, but I haven't seen her since I think 2009 or '06 or something," Winfrey said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Oprah Winfrey has scored another high-profile coup for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network: Lindsay Lohan. The troubled star, who is currently serving her latest rehab stint, will be interviewed by Winfrey in August after her release. Lohan has also been signed for an eight-part documentary series that will air in 2014. The deal with Lohan, which is sure to generate large ratings for OWN, is the latest in a series of prominent interview "gets" for Winfrey. The former talk show mogul has scored exclusive interviews with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and the family of deceased singer Whitney Houston.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Meg James
The Oprah Winfrey Network, continuing its programming pivot, has acquired limited rights to the beloved daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live. " The Los Angeles-based network, co-owned by Winfrey, announced the acquisition Wednesday. OWN said it was arranging a "summer fling for soap fans" by obtaining television licensing rights for the first 40 episodes of Prospect Park's versions of the longtime ABC soaps, which were created for the Internet. Beginning July 15, half-hour episodes of each show will run on the cable channel Monday through Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., which is similar to the broadcast schedule when the soaps aired on the Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC network.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Strategically saving its two biggest headliner shows to fill the silence following the everything-but-fireworks finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) now debuts in quick succession "Finding Sarah" and "Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals. " Together, they neatly explain the dichotomy of Oprah-love and Oprah-bashing. "Finding Sarah," which premieres on Sunday night, showcases the very worst of the Winfrey movement. Following Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, down the yellow brick road of self-discovery with Oprah-approved consultants — Dr. Phil McGraw as the Scarecrow and Suze Orman, the Tin Man — creates an Emperor's-new-clothes moment reminiscent of the episode in which Oprah built Kirstie Alley a gourmet kitchen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Greg Braxton and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
After years in the making, the moment of destiny is at hand: Two of entertainment's most prominent super power brokers are joining forces, prompting a parade of hoopla, self-congratulation - and skepticism. If it were a summer movie, it might be titled "Tyler Perry's Oprah: OWNing It. " Or doubters might suggest an alternative: "Crass of the Titans. " Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, longtime friends and probably the most influential African American figures in show business, are leading the Oprah Winfrey Network into the scripted series arena this summer.
SPORTS
January 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Lance Armstrong finally admitted, to Oprah Winfrey, what many had alleged and believed: He took part in systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented streak of seven victories in the Tour de France. In the interview, which was recorded Monday and whose first part (of two)  was shown Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Armstrong admitted that he wished he had done many things differently, particularly fighting allegations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he cheated.
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