Oprah's Master Class

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Oprah's Master Class
Oprah's Master Class Title Card.jpeg
Also known as Oprah Presents: Master Class
Genre
  • Reality
  • Biography
Directed by
Presented by Oprah Winfrey
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 37
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Joe Berlinger
  • Jon Kamen
  • Justin Wilkes
  • Jonathan Sinclair
  • Robert Friedman
Running time 40 to 44 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run January 1, 2011 (2011-01-01) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Oprah's Master Class (or Oprah Presents: Master Class, as it was titled in the first season) is a primetime television program that airs on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series premiered on the network's first day, January 1, 2011.[1]

Show Concept & Format[edit]

According to OWN, Master Class "tells the stories you've never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, true modern masters from Academy Award-winning actors, to Grammy-winning musicians, to ground-breaking athletes, share the greatest lessons they've learned along the way. In an intimate setting, they share their successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks." [2]

Each episode features an in-depth conversation with the subject, as they explore their story with viewers. The conversation is split up into numerous lessons that each master teaches, using personal anecdotes from their life to illustrate the point. Video clips, photographs, and re-enactments illustrate a visual representation of the stories being told. The biographical sketch is interspersed with personal insights and reflections from Oprah Winfrey on each master's life lessons.

Series Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Timeslot (EST) Original Airing
Season Premiere Season Finale
1 8 Sunday 10:00 PM January 1, 2011 (2011-01-01) April 3, 2011
2 11 January 8, 2012 April 29, 2012
3 8 March 3, 2013 June 16, 2013
4 10 May 11, 2014 August 3, 2014

Season One Masters (2011)[edit]

Season One of Oprah Presents: Master Class premiered on Saturday January 1, 2011 on the first day of the launch of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, with rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur Jay-Z. The first season aired weekly on Sundays at 10/9c and consists of eight hour-long episodes.

Ep. Original Airdate Modern Master Occupation
1 1.1 January 1, 2011 Jay-Z Rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets
2 1.2 January 2, 2011 Diane Sawyer Television journalist
3 1.3 January 16, 2011 Maya Angelou Poet, civil rights activist, dancer, film producer, television producer, playwright, film director, author, actress, professor
4 1.4 January 23, 2011 Simon Cowell A&R executive, television producer, television personality, entrepreneur
5 1.5 January 30, 2011 Lorne Michaels Canadian television producer, creator of Saturday Night Live
6 1.6 February 13, 2011 Condoleezza Rice Former United States Secretary of State
7 1.7 March 27, 2011 Oprah Winfrey (Part 1) Talk show host, media proprietor, actress
8 1.8 April 3, 2011 Oprah Winfrey (Part 2) Talk show host, media proprietor, actress

Season Two Masters (2012)[edit]

Season Two of Oprah's Master Class premiered on Sunday January 8, 2012 at 10/9c on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with actress, writer, and activist Jane Fonda. The second season premiered to record-high numbers for the series, with 930,000 viewers tuning into Fonda's Master Class. The second season aired weekly on Sundays at 10/9c and consists of eleven hour-long episodes.

Ep. Original Airdate Modern Master Occupation U.S. Viewers (millions)
9 2.1 January 8, 2012 Jane Fonda Actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, fitness guru 0.930[3]
10 2.2 January 15, 2012 Goldie Hawn Actress, film director, producer, author, singer 0.474[4]
11 2.3 January 22, 2012 Morgan Freeman Actor, film director, aviator, narrator 0.500[5]
12 2.4 January 29, 2012 Ted Turner Media mogul, philanthropist, chairman of United Nations Foundation board of directors 0.498[6]
13 2.5 February 12, 2012 Laird Hamilton American big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in surfing, model 0.175[7]
14 2.6 March 4, 2012 Reba McEntire American country music artist, actress 0.609[8]
15 2.7 March 25, 2012 Jon Bon Jovi Musician, singer, songwriter, actor 0.432[9]
16 2.8 April 1, 2012 Grant Hill Professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, philanthropist 0.348[10]
17 2.9 April 22, 2012 Sidney Poitier (Part 1) Actor, film director, author, diplomat 0.406[11]
18 2.10 April 29, 2012 Sidney Poitier (Part 2) Actor, film director, author, diplomat 0.329[12]
19 2.11 May 6, 2012 Special Edition A look back at the most memorable lessons and never-before-seen insights. 0.253[13]

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Season Three Masters (2013)[edit]

Season Three of Oprah's Master Class premiered on March 3, 2013 at 10/9c with an episode featuring singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. The third season aired weekly on Sundays at 10/9c and consists of eight hour-long episodes.

Ep. Original Airdate Modern Master Occupation U.S. Viewers (millions)
20 3.1 March 3, 2013 Alicia Keys Singer-songwriter, actress 0.452[15]
21 3.2 March 10, 2013 Cindy Crawford Model, social activist, designer 0.442[16]
22 3.3 March 17, 2013 Tom Brokaw Television journalist, author 0.335[17]
23 3.4 March 24, 2013 Stevie Nicks Singer-songwriter, musician 0.387[18]
24 3.5 June 2, 2013 Lenny Kravitz Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger 0.761[19]
25 3.6 June 9, 2013 Susan Sarandon Actress, political and social activist 0.364[20]
26 3.7 June 16, 2013 Berry Gordy Record producer, founder of Motown record label, songwriter, film producer, television producer 0.320[21]
27 3.8 June 16, 2013 Diahann Carroll Television and stage actress, singer 0.314[22]

Season Four Masters (2014)[edit]

Oprah's Master Class returned to OWN on May 11, 2014.

Ep. Original Airdate Modern Master Occupation U.S. Viewers (millions)
28 4.1 May 11, 2014 Justin Timberlake Singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, philanthropist N/A
29 4.2 June 1, 2014 Whoopi Goldberg Actress, comedian, producer, author, singer, activist, talk show host N/A
30 4.3 June 8, 2014 Tim McGraw Singer-songwriter, actor N/A
31 4.4 June 15, 2014 Robin Roberts Newscaster N/A
32 4.5 June 22, 2014 Lionel Richie Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor N/A
33 4.6 June 29, 2014 Barbara Walters Journalist, newscaster, producer, author, talk show host N/A
34 4.7 July 13, 2014 Vanessa L. Williams Singer, actress, producer N/A
35 4.8 July 20, 2014 Billy Bob Thornton Actor, director, screenwriter, musician N/A
36 4.9 July 27, 2014 Sharon Stone Actress, producer, model N/A
37 4.10 August 3, 2014 Cicely Tyson Actress N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2012 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Variety Series or Special Won
18th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards News/ Informational Show Won
Gracie Awards Outstanding Portrait/Biography Won
2013 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Variety Series or Special Nominated
19th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards News/ Informational Show Won
65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series or Special Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Variety Series or Special Nominated

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catlin, Roger (December 26, 2010). "Oprah Starts Her OWN Network". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Oprah Presents Master Class - @OWNTV #MasterClass". OWN Network. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ 'Oprah Winfrey's 'Next Chapter' Climbs 45 Percent' Hollywood Reporter January 10, 2012
  4. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings' The Futon Critic January 17, 2012
  5. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings' The Futon Critic January 24, 2012
  6. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings' The Futon Critic January 31, 2012
  7. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings' The Futon Critic February 14, 2012
  8. ^ 'OWN Posts First Quarter Gains' Zap2it March 28, 2012
  9. ^ 'Sunday Cable Ratings' Zap2it March 27, 2012
  10. ^ 'Sunday Cable Ratings' Zap2it April 3, 2012
  11. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings' The Futon Critic April 24, 2012
  12. ^ 'Sunday Cable Ratings' Zap2it May 1, 2012
  13. ^ 'Sunday Cable Ratings' Zap2it May 8, 2012
  14. ^ 'Schedule' OWN TV January 10, 2012
  15. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Walking Dead" Keeps Demo Crown, "The Bible" Tops Viewers' The Futon Critic March 5, 2013
  16. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Walking Dead" Leads Viewers, Demos' The Futon Critic March 12, 2013
  17. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings: "The Walking Dead" Leads Demos, "The Bible" Tops Viewers' The Futon Critic March 19, 2013
  18. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Walking Dead" Dominates Demos, Edges "Bible" in Viewers' The Futon Critic March 26, 2013
  19. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Game of Thrones" Towers Over the Competition' The Futon Critic June 4, 2013
  20. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Game of Thrones" Wraps Season with Big Finish' The Futon Critic June 11, 2013
  21. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings: "True Blood" Returns on Top for HBO' The Futon Critic June 18, 2013
  22. ^ 'Sunday's Cable Ratings: "True Blood" Returns on Top for HBO' The Futon Critic June 18, 2013