Winfrey to host series recycling her old show
Winfrey said Friday she will host the new series that will recycle episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as a “classroom” intended to help viewers improve their lives. The show, titled “Own Your Life,” will air weekdays at 8 p.m. ET starting Oct. 10.
Appearing at a session of the Television Critics Association to announce the revamped series and introduce Rosie O’Donnell and her new OWN show, Winfrey took the opportunity to reinforce her commitment to the channel.
Friends ask, “Are you enjoying your time in the Mediterranean?” Winfrey said. But she’s not on holiday, she said, “I’m here,” and working in the Los Angeles offices of OWN.
It was announced earlier this month that Winfrey was expanding her role at OWN beyond the position of chairman, taking on the additional roles of chief executive officer and chief creative officer.
Winfrey is claiming the title once held by Christina Norman, the former CEO who was dismissed in May in the wake of disappointing ratings for the channel. Norman’s position has been filled in the interim by Peter Liguori, the chief operating officer for Discovery Communications.
OWN, which premiered Jan. 1, is a joint venture of Discovery and Winfrey’s Harpo Inc. Since Winfrey’s syndicated talk show ended in May, she has pledged to devote her full energies to OWN.
Acknowledging OWN’s rocky start, Winfrey said Friday that one of her biggest concerns was “aligning” the channel’s executive teams, “and now we have done that.” She cited the help of two executives who are with her Chicago-based production company, Harpo: Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, who share the title of OWN president.
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