The new series will be called “Oprah’s Next Chapter” and will take Oprah to India, China and elsewhere. Scheduling and details for the new prime-time series have not been finalized, a network spokeswoman said, but the show likely will air two to three times a week and debut in late 2011. Winfrey will interview a range of people from celebrities to politicians to newsmakers in other countries.
The show was one of numerous new series announced by OWN, the Los Angeles-based cable TV venture she formed with Discovery Communications Inc. 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” is 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.
The 24-hour network is set to be seen in 70 million homes and will start in January 2011.