The first year of Oprah Winfrey's cable network was a challenge for the talk show queen. OWN struggled in the ratings and several series flopped. In an interview with Vulture, Winfrey credits execs Sheri Salta, Erik Logan, the channel's partnership with Tyler Perry and other programming changes with OWN's turnaround. She also copped to the cabler being too serious early on. Here's an excerpt:
You also had to make a big shift in the kinds of programs you put on OWN.
I have a tendency to look at everything from the point of view of: What is going to be meaningful, and uplift people? That can become too stoic and too serious—which is the same issue I suffered with at the magazine in the beginning. It needed more humor. So we [began] looking for lighter fare. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s works. Iyanla: Fix My Life was also a turning point. Having programming that was in alignment with the vision but also left the space to widen the lane for the vision. If it were up to me, I’d be doing [Winfrey’s Sunday talk show] Super Soul Sunday conversations all the time.
Who would’ve thought one of media maverick Oprah Winfrey’s biggest fears would be...balloons? In the October edition of O Magazine, Winfrey discusses facing your fears and she reveals what causes her to shake in her Manolos. Winfrey stated:
I don't like balloons, and for my 40th birthday my entire staff decided to surprise me. I come downstairs and the entire audience is filled with balloons. Literally, I'm stepping over balloons, having to walk through balloons and I'm so, like, 'Oh! When is one going to pop?'
Oprah should send her pal Tyler Perry a gift basket. Perry's soapy drama The Haves and the Have Nots pulled in a series high of 2.6 million viewers. The drama–which features soap grads Tika Sumpter, Peter Parros and Eva Tamargo–also earned its best rating among women 25-54.
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OWN has given the greenlight for a new unscripted series following the lives of four friends residing in Harlem. Crazy.Sexy.Life won't hit the airwaves until early 2014, but the docusoap will be afforded a sneak peek following the Sept. 3 season finale of Tyler Perry's hit soap The Haves and the Have Nots. READ MORE
Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots is keeping a smile on Oprah's face. The former talk show queen's cable network OWN announced it has ordered four more episodes of the cable drama. The order brings The Haves and Have Nots' first season episode count to 36.
OWN also announced it is ordering 26 additional episodes of Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor.
Watch a clip of John Schneider's Jim Cryer confronting Tika Sumpter's Candace about a pregnancy test from "My Name is Veronica" after the jump! READ MORE
Tyler Perry, Oprah and Tika Sumpter have more to smile about. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Haves and Have Nots hit a series high on July 30, by cracking 2 million viewers.