OWN announces launch sched, new series

Original series featuring Peter Walsh and Gayle King among others will feature prominently in the Oprah Winfrey Network's launch schedule, with new series featuring The Judds and Ryan and Tatum O'Neal on the way.
November 1, 2010

The Oprah Winfrey Network has announced its premiere weekend line-up as well as its regular primetime and daytime line-up.

The Discovery Communications/Harpo Inc. joint venture is due to launch January 1, 2011 (or 1/1/11) in approximately 80 million homes via what is currently the Discovery Health Channel. Among the original series and specials featured in the launch line-up are Ask Oprah’s All-Stars with Suze Orman, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz; Cristina’s Big Bowl of Love, a new cooking series with former talk show host Cristina Ferrare, Enough Already With Peter Walsh; The Gayle King Show featuring O Magazine editor at large King; In The Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman featuring the sex therapist and best-selling author; Kidnapped By The Kids and Miracle Detectives. Also on the sched: Oprah Presents Master Class, which Winfrey calls ‘a truly one-of-a-kind look at the world’s most remarkable people’; a series of specials dealing with subcultures in the U.S., Our America with Lisa Ling; Searching For…; Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes and Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search For The Next TV Star, produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Carson Kressley.

The launch kicks off at 12pm on Saturday, January 1 with an hour-long presentation from the network’s namesake herself, and then features special ‘sneak peeks’ of the daytime and primetime fare, including Kidnapped by the Kids, Enough Already with Peter Walsh and the Master Class series.

The Gayle King Show will occupy the 10-11am timeslot Monday to Friday, with the half-hour Cristina’s Big Bowl of Love appearing Monday-Friday from 3-3:30pm. Acquired programming including Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, Trading Spaces (featuring new wraps from host Paige Davis) and The Best of Dr. Phil (exclusively airing on OWN) will also be part of the daytime line-up.

For primetime, Monday nights will feature Enough Already with Peter Walsh from 8-9pm, while In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman takes 10-11pm. Wednesday nights include Mystery Diagnosis from 8-9pm, and Miracle Detectives from 10-11pm. Friday nights bring Oprah to the schedule via Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes from 8-9pm, and Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star from 9-10pm. Sunday nights for January will include four two-hour specials, Ask Oprah’s All-Stars, from 8-10pm, while Our America with Lisa Ling begins January 30 in the 8-9pm slot. Oprah Presents Master Class takes Sunday from 10-11pm.

OWN chief executive officer Christina Norman said via a statement that the launch schedule is intended to show audiences ‘a little of everything OWN has to offer,’ including ‘sneak peeks at the kinds of shows we believe really fulfill our mission to be entertaining and inspiring.’

The network also announced the addition of three new shows to its slate. The Judds, produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions, follows country music mother-daughter duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd as they prepare for their first concert tour together in 10 years.

Carson Kressley gets more airtime on OWN via Carson-Nation, exec produced by Tom Forman’s Relativity REAL LLC. In this series, the fashion/design guru travels across small-town America to offer transformative life lessons to its inhabitants. Lastly, Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals, produced by Endemol USA, documents the reconciliation of the estranged father and daughter actors.

Look for more on the launch of OWN in the upcoming November/December 2010 issue of realscreen.

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