After more than 2 ½ years of planning and millions of dollars in startup costs, we finally get our first look at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday. For more information on this highly anticipated debut, keep on reading after the jump!
When Oprah announced she would be retiring from her highly successful daytime show to launch her own cable television network, fans and media experts had mixed feelings on the venture.
While everything that Oprah touches turns to gold, many wondered if an entire network would work. Most cable networks are centered around a specific topic, and this one would be centered on the opinions and feelings of a specific person. Mind you, Oprah is definitely not Joe Shmoe off the street, and her network may actually work.
Filled with shows boasting Oprah’s approval, much like her book club but on a MUCH larger scale, it focuses on her motto of “live your best life” and offers inspirational programming with a twist. It promises to give a mixture of shows, from cooking to cleaning, home décor to sex advice, and of course those celebrity profiles that Oprah is famous for. You won’t see people eating bugs or trash-talking on OWN.
But will it work? The Oxygen network had a similar premise with dismal results. Then again, Oxygen didn’t have Oprah, so only time will tell whether or not she can pull this off. She’s pulled enough rabbits out of her hat in her long and successful media career to certainly have a fighting chance. OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network launches Saturday, January 1, at noon.
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