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Oprah's half-sister reveal boosts series to highest ratings in nearly 6 years

It look little more than a long weekend of speculation to give "The Oprah Winfrey Show" its biggest numbers since 2005. Winfrey's special episode, in which she meets with the half-sister she went decades without knowing she had, averaged a 9.6 household rating. Her series hasn't boasted a number that high since her post-Oscar broadcast from the Kodak Theatre in Feb, 2005. Though she still beats a lot of her daytime competition, Winfrey's declining ratings have been widely publicized going into her final season. So this probably feels pretty good.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/01/oprahs-half-sister-reveal-boosts-series-to-highest-ratings-in-nearly-6-years.html

Michelle Obama Is Coming to 'Oprah Winfrey Show'

Oprah Winfrey has landed an interview with the First Lady of United States. Michelle Obama was in Chicago on Friday, January 21 to tape an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" which would air on Thursday, January 27.  Michelle would be there to talk about military families and her forthcoming launch of national campaign to support and honor such families. She would be joined by TV journalist Tom Brokaw and reporter Bob Woodward in addition to a military family.   Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00038061.html

Oprah Says She's Tired, Loves Commercials — And Eight Other Surprises

Oprah Winfrey's been all over the place promoting her new network, OWN. Over the past few weeks, she's granted many, many interviews, ranging from a sit-down with Barbara Walters to posing for the cover of Parade. To little surprise, millions tuned in to the channel's Jan. 1 debut.  Still, running a network is a big new business for The Queen of Daytime — and she's got more hawking to do! But is there anything left we don't know about Oprah? During the Television Critics Association winter preview on Thursday, Lady O descended a room of TV reporters, and here are 10 things we learned, in no particular order: To Read More Click Here.

'Oprah: Behind the Scenes' premiere: Now we're talking, OWN!

Since Oprah Winfrey is contractually incapable of doing a talk show for OWN while her syndicated one continues to air, her executives came up with a pretty ingenious way of featuring the Queen of Daytime on her new cabler: Oprah: Behind the Scenes. Narrated by Winfrey, the show takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 25th and final season of Oprah before she rides off into the sunset next September. What a marvelous idea: I didn’t catch the premiere episode of Oprah but felt like I got a much better perspective of the adrenaline-fueled hour by watching Behind the Scenes. I doubt we’ll ever witness those truly authentic behind-the-scenes moments, like Winfrey possibly having an epic meltdown or executive producer Sheri Salata blowing up at her staff, but I definitely got the idea that it’s not all fun and games for the 464 employees at Harpo Studios in Chicago. Anyone who caught the first episode of Oprah already knows that Winfrey treated her audience to a free Australian trip, but it was still a gas to watch her production team whoop it up in the booth as their boss addressed the audience of rabid, mouth-breathing fans. But the real nail-biter — at least for me — was watching how producer Brian Piotrowicz managed to perfectly time the arrival of six fans from the Boston area to Oprah’s stage. It was his crazy thought to have the gals drive right onto a live show – a stunt that even Winfrey doubted could happen. But Piotrowicz executed it magnificently, even though he and his cohorts truly sweated the details, like disguising the outside of Harpo Studios to make it look like a hotel parking garage. He cried when it was all over, and I didn’t blame him. To Read More Click Here.

Oprah's Next Big Thing

The girl from Mississippi has conquered daytime TV, publishing, radio, film and next, at noon on January 1, Oprah Winfrey launches what she calls "one big old challenge." The media mogul and philanthropist introduces OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a 24/7 cable channel devoted, according to its website, "to connecting you to your best self and to the world." The inspirational channel, complete with its iconic name, was first conceived by Winfrey and her longtime companion, Stedman Graham, in 1992, as they bemoaned the lurid tabloid talk shows in vogue at the time. "I always knew The Oprah Winfrey Show would lead to the next thing," she recalls. "'I would be a light carrier,' I wrote in my journal." It wasn't until 2007, when Discovery Communications chief David Zaslav suggested they partner in a new network (to replace the low-rated Discovery Health), that her dream became a real possibility. "What we're trying to do with OWN," explains CEO Christina Norman, "is extend what it is that Oprah's done on television so well for the past 25 years: celebrate our audience, give them tools to live their best life and entertain them." To Read More Click here.

Oprah, Paul McCartney Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Since 1978, the enduring wonder of the Kennedy Center Honors — which pays respects to performing arts masters for their lifetime contributions — has been the diversity of the group it assembles each year in Washington, D.C. And this year's class is no exception. Country-music outlaw Merle Haggard sidles up to media queen Oprah Winfrey. Sir Paul McCartney pals around with choreographer Bill T. Jones and composer Jerry Herman. And they all hang out with President Obama and the First Lady. "The honorees are kind of joined at the hip for the weekend, and some really nice friendships are made," says George Stevens Jr., who has produced the show for all of its 33 years, recently with son Michael. For all their star power, however, the honorees still get to enjoy the show. Alec Baldwin, Steven Tyler and No Doubt will be giving presentations and performances for Sir Paul. For Winfrey's segment, introduced by Julia Roberts, "We're creating a set that looks like Oprah's talk-show set," says Stevens. "There will be a few chairs for Sidney Poitier, Chris Rock, John Travolta and Barbara Walters — all people who mean something to Oprah." Plus one heck of a choir. A 60-member singing group has been assembled to perform a song with Jennifer Hudson from the Broadway play The Color Purple. Says Stevens: "I think she'll be quite thrilled." And if Oprah's happy, we're happy. The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors air tonight at 9/8c on CBS. Source Here

Hugh Jackman Injured During Oprah Show Entrance

Hugh Jackman suffered an eye injury while attempting a dramatic entrance to the Oprah Winfrey Show in Australia. The 42-year-old actor came in on a zipline from the Sydney Opera House to Oprah's stage, but hit a lighting rig when he didn't stop on time. "That's gonna swell," Winfrey said after paramedics rushed to the stage. After his injury was tended to, Jackman returned and joined his 10-year-old son in the audience. "I came down waving to everyone, looking over Sydney Harbor, saw my dad, the kids and you, went to pull the brake and then boing," he told Winfrey. "Totally my bad." Winfrey later joked that the incident would make the evening news. "Ooooh, we're gonna see that on the news. Over and over and over again. 'Hugh injured today. Ziplining on Oprah,'" she said. To Read More Click Here.

Oprah Winfrey to Announce Next Book Club Pick on Monday

Oprah Winfrey will announce her latest book club selection on Monday. Harpo Productions also announced Tuesday that the episode will feature Winfrey's latest book club author, Jonathan Franzen. In mid-September, Winfrey chose Frazen's Freedom  as the newest addition to the book club. Franzen's first novel,  The Corrections , was selected for the book club in 2001. Winfrey plans to continue the book club when she launches OWN, Winfrey's new network debuting on New Year's Day. Source Here

George W. Bush Talks With Oprah About Hurricane Katrina and Being Called a Racist (VIDEO)

Former President George W. Bush appeared Tuesday in a taped episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) to promote his new memoir 'Decision Points.' At one point in the conversation, Winfrey queried Bush about his response (or lack thereof) to Hurricane Katrina -- he had flown over the devastation and seen it first hand. Winfrey asked him "why didn't you in that moment say 'I'm going to take charge'?" Bush answered with a typically Bush-mangled response about not being able to send in "law enforcement under the law ... I could send in the armed military if they weren't armed. I wasn't gonna put a troop in combat ... combat's not the right word ... troop in harms way without the capacity to defend him or herself" ... but "knowing what I know today, I would have sent them in." But what really bothered Bush in retrospect was being called a racist because his response to the situation was slow. There were some pundits and black political and cultural figures who opined that if he had flown over the devastation and it had been middle-class white people down there -- and not poor, disenfranchised, blacks -- he would have acted faster. That really hurt, he said. "You can disagree with my politics, but don't ever accuse me of being a racist." Source & Video

The Jackson Family: Memories of Michael on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

Oprah Winfrey spoke with Michael Jackson's parents and his kids about their memories of Michael on Monday's edition of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Winfrey first chatted with dad Joe Jackson and mom Katherine Jackson and went straight for the jugular with Joe, asking him point blank if he ever beat Michael as a boy. When Joe began to hem and haw, Katherine broke in, saying "You might as well admit it. That's the way black people raised their children. He used a strap." But Joe didn't regret the discipline. "It kept them out of jail and kept them right," he said. To Read More Click here.