Could Oprah be packing up her talk show and moving it to her cable channel OWN in 2011? According to Nikki Finke at Deadline.com the announcement could come soon.
The industry has been betting that the daytime diva would extend The Oprah Winfrey Show for at least another year or two because of the huge cash license fees which stations have long paid her. But people around Oprah are telling me that won't happen. They say that Discovery Communications chief David Zaslav has demanded that Oprah "move it or lose it" -- move her talk show to OWN, or risk losing the Oprah Winfrey Network altogether. I've learned that in coming days Winfrey and Discovery will issue a press release announcing OWN's on-air launch for the start of 2011. And, in several weeks, Oprah will tell the public that she's ending her syndicated Chicago-based daytime talk show when her current deal runs out and moving it to OWN headquarters in Los Angeles probably as soon as mid-2011.
Would you still watch her talk show if it is on cable?
Talk show guru Oprah Winfrey has snagged an interview with former Governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Nov. 16. Harpo Productions announced today that Winfrey will talk one-on-one with Palin about her new book, Going Rogue: An American Life. This will mark Palin's debut on the mighty O's couch, which happens to be a day before her book hits stores, Nov 17.
Rick Springfield drops by Oprah tomorrow to make a guest's dreams come true. The episode in which the actor/singer appears features interior designer Nate Berkus participating in a makeover for a high school reunion. Later on in the show, the lucky viewer has a treat in store when Springfield belts out his classic 80's hit "Jessie's Girl" as part of her surprise. I wonder if he'll mention GH tomorrow.
Former One Day At A Time star Mackenzie Phillips, along with younger sister and Wilson-Phillips singer Chynna, will appear on Oprah tomorrow in the wake of the elder Phillip's shocking revelations against their father John.
Earlier in the week, the elder Phillips claimed to Oprah, she had a 10 year sexual relationship with the late Mamas and the Papas singer. According to Mackenzie's book, High On Arrival, the affair took place after "Papa John" alledgedly raped her while high on drugs when she was passed out on the eve of her first marriage.
The New York Post is reporting that Mark Consuelos will no longer be appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Fridays.
"Oprah" is moving away from the Friday-panel format it introduced last season, when Consuelos, et al. discussed a variety of topical issues each week.
Consuelos' rep declined comment yesterday, but sources say the actor, who's married to "Live's" Kelly Ripa, was inked to only a one-year deal.
The article indicates the decision to scrap the round table may have been ratings related. Alexandra Wentworth and Gayle King will continue to appear as "regulars" on the show.
Oprah's the queen of daytime and that means she has the stuff that Whitney Houston wants and needs to help her make a highly anticipated comeback. That's right folks, for the first time in nearly seven years Whitney Houston is sitting down for a TV interview on the season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah called Houston's upcoming appearance “the most anticipated music interview of the decade.” Houston's new album I Look to You drops on Sept. 1. The new season of Oprah debuts on Sept. 14. Will you be tuning in?