U.S. cabler OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will kick off the primetime series Oprah’s Next Chapter in a two-hour premiere event on January 1, featuring Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.
The weekly series, which was announced even before the network’s launch this past January, sees OWN’s namesake step outside of the studio to engage in conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, and others. Episodes will include a journey to Haiti with Sean Penn, almost two years after the earthquake; a trip to Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas; and a visit to a small Iowa town devoted to transcendental meditation.
For the premiere, Winfrey spends time with musician and American Idol judge Steven Tyler at his family home in New Hampshire, where they discuss his battles with drug addiction, romances, and his newfound popularity as a competition reality judge.
The debut episode on January 1 will air as a two-hour special at 9 p.m. EST/PST, with the series subsequently airing as one-hour episodes beginning on January 8, at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
“After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever – moving around the country and the world talking to people I’m really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too,” said Winfrey.