Oprah reveals new show on her OWN network

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The long haul of Oprah's farewell over the next year won't be much of a farewell, after all. She'll be leaving network television, sure, but her role on cable's new Oprah Winfrey Network won't just be behind the scenes. She announced today she's planning a new show -- at night.

That's just part of today's announcement of new programming planned for the cable venture, which finally goes live next January.

"Oprah's Next Chapter" will liberate Oprah from a sofa and a studio. The show will spotlight her in conversation and exploration around the world. "From the Taj Mahal to her beloved oak tree, the Great Wall to her own teahouse, it's a whole new kind of Oprah show," according to the network. "If she can dream it, she'll do it!"

Thumbnail image for PR NEWSWIRE.jpg"My vision for OWN is to create a network that inspires our viewers and makes them want to be who they are on their best day," Winfrey said as part of the statement.

"Oprah's Next Chapter" is scheduled to premiere in late 2011 -- not long after she shutters her syndicated network talk show at the close of its 25th season.

A joint venture of Winfrey's Harpo Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc., OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is now set to sign on Jan. 1 after missing two earlier deadlines. It will be available in approximately 80 million homes, replacing the Discovery Health Channel.

Other shows announced Thursday for OWN include:

  • "Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind" -- on which big-name talents take viewers inside their creative process, offering an opportunity to see how they bring their art to life. Included on the roster are Academy Award-winning director James Cameron, Grammy Award-winning musician Lady Gaga and photographer Annie Leibovitz.
  • "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" -- produced with reality TV giant Mark Burnett, will mount a nationwide search to discover the next big TV personality.
  • "Gayle King Live!" -- brings to TV the morning radio show of Oprah's best friend.
  • "Why Not? With Shania Twain" -- a reality show chronicling the trials and triumphs of the top-selling country music star.

These new series join a slate of previously announced shows including:

  • "Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final Season," a "docuseries" that takes viewers behind the scenes of the final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

  • "Breaking Down the Bars," billed as a prison show whose women inmates have a shot at rehabilitation and atonement.

  • "Enough Already" sends home-organization guru Peter Walsh on a quest to help people declutter their lives.

  • "In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman" aims to help couples improve their relationships and sex lives.

  • "Inside With Lisa Ling" brings viewers reports on unexpected people from far-flung locations.

  • "Kidnapped by the Kids" sets the stage for parents caught up in a world disconnected by technology and hectic lifestyles to get a wake-up call when their kids take drastic steps to reclaim Mom and Dad.

  • "The Miracle Detectives" sets a believer and a skeptic on the trail of amazing events that couldn't possibly have happened -- or could they?

  • "Oprah Presents: Master Class" features prominent personalities hand-picked by Oprah (including Bono, Simon Cowell, Lorne Michaels and Condoleezza Rice) who share their stories, insights and lives.

  • "The Swell Life" takes a look inside the family of former competitive surfer Izzy Paskowitz, his wife Danielle and their three children (one of whom is autistic), as well as their surf-school business.

  • "Searching" puts search specialist and genealogist Pam Slaton on the trail of long-lost friends and family members.

Contributing: AP

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