Oprah appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about her interview with cyclist Lance Armstrong, calling it “the biggest interview I’ve ever done.” She revealed she walked into the room with 112 questions and during the interview was able to ask most of them. READ MORE
Publishers and authors love Oprah because the books she picks sell like hot cakes. Now Ayana Mathis has had the good fortune of having her book, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, chosen as the latest Oprah’s Book Club selection.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is a debut of extraordinary distinction, telling the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. Following the indomitable Hattie Shepherd and her nine children through sixty years of desolation, passion, courage and salvation, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last—glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life.
Could Oprah Winfrey put a fork in the popular O Magazine? The New York Times is reporting Winfrey's thoughts on the state of her magazine and how it has been impacted by the end of her long running talk show.
When it comes to the magazine, Ms. Winfrey said her staff prepared her to expect a 25 percent decline in newsstand sales after the talk show ended. (It has been closer to 22 percent.) And while she acknowledged that she enjoyed “holding the magazine in my hand,” she was pragmatic about print’s future and said she would stop publishing a print magazine if it were not profitable.
“Obviously, the show was helping in ways that you know I hadn’t accounted for,” Ms. Winfrey said. “I’m not interested, you know, in bleeding money.”
Get ready for the return of mass, televised hysteria to your TV sets. OWN is resurrecting Oprah's Favorite Things for a two-hour special!
The special will air ahead of the premiere of Married to the Army: Alaska on November 18. Appropriately, the in studio audience for Oprah’s Favorite Things will comprise of military spouses from each branch of the Armed Forces.
Oprah’s cable network OWN has received more positive ratings news. According to Deadline, Iyanla: Fix My Life was the channel’s best debut since the network premiered. Meanwhile, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s hit a series high with its second season premiere.
Featuring life coach Iyanla Vanzant, Fix My Life’s 10 PM Saturday show earned a 1.18 rating in the women 25-54 demo and 1.1 million total viewers. That was second in the demo for its time period among all ad-supported cable networks behind ABC Family’s airing of The Blind Side.
Oprah is looking within her TV family of talent to help boost OWN’s ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, OWN has purchased the exclusive cable rights to Rachael Ray and The Nate Berkus Show.
“Rachael and Nate are a natural fit for OWN’s expanding daytime programming lineup,” said OWN president Erik Logan of the four-hour block. “It will be great to have Rachael’s energy and Nate’s upbeat presence on our air.”