May 29, 2013 |
Well, it's official: The nine most frightening words to cross a television screen are: "Executive Produced, Created, Written and Directed By Tyler Perry. " They are main credits of "The Haves and the Have-Nots," a nighttime soap opera that debuted on OWN Tuesday night, marking the beginning of a much touted collaboration between Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Advance screeners were not made available to critics; one can only assume OWN hoped to prevent us from rising en masse to prevent "The Haves and Have-Nots" from ever airing before staging intervention with Winfrey, who has apparently lost her mind.
January 8, 2013 |
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is hoping for an Oprah bump. In his first interview since being stripped of seven Tour de France titles for alleged illegal doping last year, Armstrong will give an exclusive interview to Oprah Winfrey for a special 90-minute episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" on OWN Jan. 17, the network announced Tuesday. "Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career," the OWN news release states, promising a "no-holds-barred" discussion with Armstrong at his Texas home.
January 18, 2013 |
OK, so disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has spilled his guts to Oprah Winfrey about doping and cheating. Now what? Don't be surprised if Armstrong pursues getting a reality show. And an Armstrong reality show would most likely air on Winfrey's struggling OWN network. It could be a win-win for both Armstrong and Winfrey. Think about it. Armstrong could be the latest in a line of former sports stars such as Michael Vick, Mike Tyson, Pete Rose and other troubled athletes who have used the arena of reality TV as a way to rehabilitate their images and show they are just like ordinary people with kids and pets.
March 26, 2014 |
Most heads of a television network feel the duties and responsibilities of running such an enterprise can be all-consuming. Oprah Winfrey, who is the chief executive of OWN, doesn't believe that. With OWN on relatively steady footing after a shaky start, Winfrey has taken on film roles ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") and is considering starring in a drama on Broadway. LOOK BACK: 25 great Oprah moments Now the former daytime talk-show host who specialized in uplift and enlightenment is taking her act on the road.
October 25, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before kicking Justin Verlander off my fantasy baseball team. The Skinny: Time to break out the sweaters! Fall is finally here. Thursday's headlines include a standoff between Time Warner Cable, Cox and DirecTV over a new sports channel. Oprah Winfrey is developing a series for HBO and Seth Rogen is going on Home Shopping Network to sell a movie. Daily Dose: Production company FremantleMedia Enterprises is teaming up with Martha Stewart's company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to develop television and online properties.
July 9, 2013 |
With her talk show now a thing of the past, Oprah Winfrey no longer has the opportunity to share her favorite things with the public. But that doesn't mean she can't give of herself in other ways. Literal ways. That's right, Opes lovers. For the right price, you can rub elbows with the Queen of All Media herself at an upcoming premiere of her new movie "The Butler. " (You know, the one currently embroiled in a title battle .) Weinstein Co., the independent studio behind the historical drama, has teamed with Charitybuzz to offer up a package valued at $25,000.
July 25, 2013 |
Eight is enough? It is for Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul will visit "Late Show with David Letterman" for the first time in eight years. Her return, which will take place Aug. 1, marks her second visit to the show -- the first was that aggrandized appearance in 2005 when she promoted the Broadway musical "The Color Purple," which she produced. It was a historic TV moment (for some). It seemed to signal a burying of the hatchet after a 16-year feud -- apparently the product of a 1989 dine and ditch tab , which was later compounded with Letterman's infamous Uma-Oprah joke as host of the Academy Awards in 1995.
April 28, 2012
Why do some people reach greater heights than others? Often, they simply have the persuasive stuff. Oprah Winfrey: She may not be an expert in healthful eating or relationships or novels, but millions of people follow her advice anyway. "She's positioned herself as a friend and an advisor," says British persuasion expert Steve Martin. "But she can also say: 'I'm one of you.' That's important. " Steve Jobs: The late co-founder of Apple was a master at building buzz.
May 24, 2011 |
What can you say about the last days of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" when it's all been said already? And mostly by Oprah herself. According to audience members interviewed by the Chicago Tribune after its taping, Wednesday's finale will be a farewell address by the most famous talk show host in history, a summing up of a 25-year career in her own words. Because in case you hadn't gotten the message, nobody does it like Oprah, even if the "it" refers to defining her own legacy.
February 28, 2003 |
While many of the world's richest people saw their fortunes shrink again in the last year, Oprah Winfrey's grew enough to put her on Forbes magazine's list of billionaires -- the first black woman to join the ranks. Bill Gates leads the list for the ninth straight year, but the Microsoft Corp. co-founder's net worth fell 23% from a year ago to $40.7 billion. Investment guru Warren Buffett remained in second place with $30.5 billion, a 13% drop from last year.