Oprah Winfrey isn’t having any second thoughts about being in business with troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. The talk show titan stopped by The Early Show Monday morning, where she discussed her media empire and new movie, Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
During the visit, Winfrey also opened up about her upcoming interview with Lohan and the eight-part documentary series in the works for LiLo at OWN. Watch the interview after the jump! READ MORE
She's b-a-a-a-c-k! Okay, don't panic. Maria Arena Bell hasn't returned to helm The Young and the Restless — though if it continues in the shape it's in for much longer, I might be inclined to think that wouldn't be such a terrible idea. She is mounting a comeback of sorts and managed to get ink in The New York Times on her efforts.
Apparently the Socialite Showrunner has been busy starting her own production company, writing screenplays and pitching OWN since CBS and Sony staged a coup worthy of a Shakespearian drama to oust her from daytime's No. 1 soap. Here's an excerpt:
“I’m out on the pitch brigade,” she said. “I truly feel that there has never been a better time for a creative person to dive in and try and figure out these new platforms. How do you make a great show that’s a great cable-online hybrid? How do you successfully make a serial for a mobile platform?” READ MORE
She might only have One Life to Live, but Tika Sumpter is definitely making the most of it! The Haves and The Have Nots vixen recently wowed during an appearance on E!'s Fashion Police. READ MORE
Tyler Perry’s brand of TV magic helped his pal Oprah earn a bit of good news. According to Deadline, Discovery CEO David Zaslav revealed OWN is now cash flow positive. Reportedly, cable networks are paying more for the channel, while The Haves and Have Nots and Love They Neighbor are drawing in viewers.
He singled out Tyler Perry’s Have And Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor as “bona fide hits” that contributed to 39% ratings growth among women 25-to-54 in Q2. That was “the highest growth of any cable network” in the quarter and made OWN a top 20 network for women in June — and made it a top-3 network for African American women over the last eight weeks.
Is OWN's summer fling with soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children paying off for the cabler? Marc Berman's website TV Media Insights, has published a breakdown of the soaps first week of Nielsen ratings on Oprah Winfrey's Discovery-backed channel. Here are the AMC and OLTL numbers for Monday, July 15. An asterisk indicates it was a new episode for the channel:
ALL MY CHILDREN
* Mon July 15 12:30PM 0.1 HH, 144,000 total viewers
* Mon July 15 12:30PM 0.0 HH, 154,000 total viewers
* Mon July 15 1:00PM 0.1 HH, 152,000 total viewers
Mon July 15 1:30PM 0.1 HH, 129,000 total viewers
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
* Mon July 15 2:00PM 0.1 HH, 123,000 total viewers
* Mon July 15 2:30PM 0.1 HH, 102,000 total viewers
* Mon July 15 3:00PM 0.1 HH, 103,000 total viewers
Mon July 15 3:30PM 0.1 HH, 66,000 total viewers READ MORE