Oprah's Next Chapter
|Oprah's Next Chapter|
|Presented by||Oprah Winfrey|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||75 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Harpo Studios|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||January 1, 2012– present|
|Related shows||The Oprah Winfrey Show
Oprah's Next Chapter is an American primetime television show hosted and produced by Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series premiered on Sunday January 1, 2012 at 9/8c, with a two-part episode featuring Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
Oprah's Next Chapter is an interview program that allows Winfrey to step "outside of the studio for some riveting, enlightening in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families." 
The decision to launch Oprah's Next Chapter was made after Oprah reflected on her 25 years on television. “After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever – moving around the country and the world talking to people I’m really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too,” said Winfrey. “It is so energizing to be out and about in the world exploring new people, new places and new ideas.” 
|Season||Episodes||Timeslot (EST)||Original Airing|
|Season Premiere||Season Finale|
|1||29||Sunday 9:00 PM||January 1, 2012||July 15, 2012|
|2||TBA||July 22, 2012||TBA|
Season One (2012)
Throughout the first season, Oprah interviews Aerosmith's Steven Tyler at his New Hampshire home; journeys to Haiti with Sean Penn nearly two years after a devastating earthquake took the lives of more than 300,000 people; tours Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas as her personal guide; has a slumber party at Southern chef Paula Deen's Georgia estate; and travels to a small town in Iowa devoted to the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
On January 24, 2012, it was announced that as a result of its high ratings, Next Chapter would be airing two nights per week in February, as two-part episodes that run one hour each.
On April 27, 2012, OWN announced that new episodes of Next Chapter would continue airing throughout the summer. These episodes "will feature Winfrey visiting How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris in his Los Angeles home, where she'll meet his husband-to-be and his fraternal twin babies. She'll also head to Brazil to meet with a faith healer and 'psychic surgeon.' The host will watch his controversial procedures as they're performed without anesthesia or sterilization." 
Season Two (2012-2013)
Season Two of Oprah's Next Chapter premiered on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Sunday August 19, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET, with an episode featuring ten legendary olympians at Oprah's home in Montecito, California.
On August 2, 2012, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that "Next Chapter, will feature in-depth interviews in the coming season with Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Hudson, and Bette Midler, among others. Winfrey will talk to Stephen Colbert in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Colbert agreed to be interviewed as himself, not his TV character as seen nightly on The Colbert Report. Colbert keeps his personal life separate from his public persona, and rarely agrees to interviews." 
On January 5, 2013, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that new episodes of the second season of Next Chapter will feature Drew Barrymore from her home in California, LL Cool J with his family at their home in Los Angeles and Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy Houston one year after her daughter’s untimely passing.
On January 17–18, 2013, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network aired a two-part special edition of Next Chapter featuring Lance Armstrong's first-ever on-air admission to doping. Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive was aired online at Oprah.com and "in over 190 countries, on 50 total networks, in 30 languages, as it was simulcast across Canada, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America (episode 1 only) on OWN Canada, Discovery Channel, TLC, DMAX and Home&Health." According to early numbers, "over 28 million viewers watched globally across all platforms. Across all airings, 12.2 million people tuned in to see the telecasts on OWN in the U.S. with 15 million tuning in internationally in 18 countries that are rated across Discovery Networks and OWN Canada, and 800,000 unique viewers tuned in to watch the LIVE interview stream online worldwide." These numbers are expected to rise as more data is collected. The interview garnered significant media attention in North America, with many speculating that this was Winfrey's most important interview booking since beginning her network.
Oprah's Next Chapter debuted to generally positive reviews. Sara Vilkomerson of Entertainment Weekly stated that the premiere with Steven Tyler showcased Winfrey's trademark skills as "a master interviewer. It’s easy to take for granted, but Winfrey has both an innate ability to get celebrities to open up to her, and zero hesitation over asking tough questions." Vilkomerson further praised the show's behind-the-scenes segments and noted that the show has a more relaxed feel than The Oprah Winfrey Show, which might take some time for viewers to adjust to.
Further, Steve Johnson of Chicago Tribune declared that Winfrey "knows how to steer a celebrity chat" and that her discussion with Tyler in the premiere was "fascinating". On the other hand, Johnson criticized the show's tendency to focus too much on the host; he posits that producers use the behind-the-scenes segments to reveal that Winfrey is the "orchestrator and validator" of the program's revealing conversations.
The two-hour premiere of Oprah's Next Chapter gave OWN its highest ratings for a Sunday premiere since the network's January 2011 launch weekend, scoring a 1.1 rating in the network's target women 25-54 demographic and 1.1 million total viewers. To put these numbers in context, the Oprah's Next Chapter premiere represented a 463 percent increase in the demo over the network's December 2011 average in that time period. Only the premiere of Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes, which aired on January 1, 2011, has scored better than the Next Chapter premiere, drawing a 1.11 in the demo and 1.2 million total viewers." 
According to affiliate ratings, the second week of Oprah's Next Chapter, featuring Winfrey's interview with pastor Joel Osteen, "brought in an audience of 1.6 million during its Sunday night broadcast. It marks a 45 percent growth from the series premiere, and now holds the network record of being the most-watched broadcast since its 2011 launch. Oprah's Next Chapter also improved among the network's favored women 25-54 demographic, adding 18 percent from the previous episode for a 1.3 rating. The series also built on its audience in the second half hour, growing from 1.5 million to 1.6 million." 
The third week of the show saw a steep decline in viewership as Winfrey's interview with Chris Christie drew in only 500,000 viewers on OWN- down over 1 million viewers from the week before. However, the following week's interview with George Lucas saw a slight increase, with 557,000 viewers on OWN.
An exclusive interview with Whitney Houston's family, including her daughter Bobbi Kristina, raked in 3.5 millon viewers on March 11, 2012. The highly anticipated interview was the network's most watched broadcast ever, a ratings record for the one-year-old network, at the time.
For additional information about ratings, see List of Oprah's Next Chapter episodes.
Awards and Nominations
|2013||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Talk Series||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Talk Show Episode ("At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins")||Won|
- Official website
- Oprah's Next Chapter at the Internet Movie Database
- Oprah's Next Chapter at TVGuide.com
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- Oprah Winfrey (February 2012 issue). "What Oprah Knows for Sure About Finding the Fullest Expression of Yourself". O, The Oprah Magazine.
- '"Oprah's Next Chapter" Expands to Second Night After Recent Rebound' Hollywood Reporter January 24, 2012
- 'OWN Solidifies Summer Schedule' Hollywood Reporter April 27, 2012
- 'Oprah Winfrey Determined to Make OWN a Success' Edmonton Journal August 3, 2012
- 'OWN Orders Four Series; Oprah to Interview Whitney Houston's Mom' The Hollywood Reporter January 5, 2013
- ' "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" Reaches 28 Million Viewers Globally Across All Platforms' The Futon Critic January 22, 2013
- 'New Network, New Series, Same Oprah' Entertainment Weekly January 1, 2012
- 'Oprah Begins Next Chapter' Chicago Tribune January 3, 2012
- '"Oprah's Next Chapter" premiere gives OWN ratings boost' Reuters January 3, 2012
- 'Oprah Winfrey's Oprah's Next Chapter Climbs 45 Percent' Hollywood Reporter January 10, 2012
- 'Starr Report' NYPost January 19, 2012
- 'Oprah's Next Chapter Interview Brings in Record Ratings' Huffington Post March 12, 2012