Oprah Winfrey Network (U.S. TV channel)
|Oprah Winfrey Network|
|Launched||January 1, 2011|
|Owned by||The Oprah Winfrey Network, LLC (joint venture 50/50 owned by Discovery Communications & Harpo Productions)|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Replaced||Discovery Health Channel|
|Sister channel(s)||Discovery Networks|
|Dish Network||189 (HD/SD)
|Verizon FiOS||161 (SD only)|
|Available on most other cable systems||Check local listings for channel lineup|
|AT&T U-verse||1170 (HD)
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), named for talk-show presenter Oprah Winfrey, is an American general entertainment television channel produced by Harpo Productions and Discovery Communications. It debuted on January 1, 2011, in approximately 80 million homes, replacing the former Discovery Health Channel (DHC).
The programming includes a mix of original programs, strips, specials, documentaries and acquired movies.
In late 2012, Tyler Perry partnered with the Oprah Winfrey Network to provide it with scripted television programming. In 2013, one of Perry's television series for OWN The Haves and the Have Nots achieved record-setting ratings for the network.
As of August 2013, OWN is available to approximately 83,261,000 pay television households (72.91% of households with television) in the United States.
OWN broadcasts in both standard-definition resolution (480i) and high-definition resolution (1080i). All markets of DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, Dish Network, Cablevision and Bright House Networks carry the channel in HD. Charter Communications, Cox and Time Warner Cable carry the HD feed of the channel only in some markets. Verizon FiOS and Comcast have yet to carry the channel in HD.
- Oprah Winfrey – Chairwoman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer
- Sheri Salata – Co-President
- Erik Logan – Co-President
- John MacDonald – Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Winfrey's syndicated talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ended on May 25, 2011, and she is hosting a new prime-time show on the channel called Oprah's Next Chapter two or three times a week. Winfrey has committed to appearing a minimum of 70 hours per year on the network.
On April 8, 2010, several new shows for the channel were announced including:
- Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind
- Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star
- The Gayle King Show
- Why Not? with Shania Twain
- Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes
- Breaking Down the Bars
- Enough Already! with Peter Walsh
- In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman
- Our America with Lisa Ling
- Kidnapped By the Kids
- Miracle Detectives
- The Swell Life
- Searching For...
- Oprah Presents Master Class
- Ask Oprah's All-Stars
- Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals
- The Judds
- Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag
- Oprah's Next Chapter
- Mystery Diagnosis
- Deliver Me
On August 5, 2010, Rosie O'Donnell announced that she would host a new daytime talk show, The Rosie Show on the channel. The show was cancelled in March 2012, following low ratings and behind-the-scenes turmoil.
Reruns of older TLC shows have also been included to fill the daytime schedule, including:
- Curtis Stone's Take Home Chef
- Say Yes to the Dress
- Cash Cab (from sister Discovery Channel)
- What Not To Wear
- 10 Years Younger
- I Shouldn't Be Alive (from sister channel Animal Planet)
- Untold Stories of the E.R. (which had also aired on Discovery Health).
Reruns of Dr. Phil (originally syndicated) and Primetime (originally on ABC), along with foreign episodes of Undercover Boss complete the schedule. Movies air sporadically on the channel, mostly overnights and on weekends. Reruns of The Oprah Winfrey Show are rare and sporadic, with episodes that have aired on OWN having come from the series' final season.
In August 2011, Winfrey announced that in October 2011, Oprah's Lifeclass would air, showing inspiring guests who appeared previously on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She also announced a free ticket and Lifeclass Journal giveaway for the first one million Americans to join the class online.
As of March 2012, programming primarily airs marathons, with eight-hour daytime blocks airing multiple episodes of the same series (a different show each day). The prime-time programming varies and is repeated in late night, followed by an overnight movie and a morning block of Dr. Phil. Beginning September 10, 2012, the network added to its morning block Rachel Ray and The Nate Berkus Show. The channel does not air infomercials.
On January 5, 2013 the channel announced a slate of new programming scheduled for 2013, including:
- Blackboard Wars
- The Diamond Collar
- Golden Sisters
- The Haves and the Have Nots
- Love Thy Neighbor
- Raising Whitley
It was announced on July 12, 2013, that the network has green-lit an eight episode reality television series that will encompass Lindsay Lohan while she gets her life back on track after she emerges from her court ordered drug and alcohol dependency treatment. Lohan will also be interviewed by Oprah her first post-rehab interview in August.
In Canada, the former Canadian version of Discovery Health, owned by Shaw Media, did not become a Canadian version of OWN, instead shifting to a reality-based format known as Twist TV. Instead, Corus Entertainment agreed to launch a Canadian version of OWN in early 2011—its existing channel Viva was re-launched as OWN on March 1, 2011. During January and February 2011, selected OWN programming aired on both Viva and the co-owned W Network. Both Shaw Media and Corus share common ownership interests from the J.R. Shaw family, but are considered separate companies. Winfrey revealed to The New York Times that she is in final negotiations to release the channel in Brazil and Argentina.
An OWN Programming Block that features popular series such as Oprah's Next Chapter, Oprah's Lifeclass and Super Soul Sunday began airing on TLC UK in April 2013. The same programming block will begin airing Discovery Home & Health in Australia on August 4, 2013. It was announced on September 20, 2013, that the OWN Programming Block will begin airing in South Africa on DStv beginning October 17, 2013. OWN Programming Block also debuted in Poland and Russia in August and September; It will also debut on October 28, 2013, in Balkans/Romania/Bulgaria.
Tyler Perry on OWN
In October[when?], mega-mogul Tyler Perry dismissed plans to start his own network and made a pact with personal friend, Oprah Winfrey, to bring all new TV projects to the OWN network. These TV projects would comprise a total of 90 episodes and help the network fill its programming schedule with original content. These shows include a drama, "The Haves and the Have Nots", and two comedies, "Love Thy Neighbor" and "For Better or Worse". The first two series debuted in May to record ratings.
Tyler Perry is also bringing unscripted fare to OWN, including a talk show. The multi-year pact is the latest effort to improve ratings for the fledgling network.
Within its first season alone, the drama series The Haves and The Have Nots has been critically acclaimed as being "one of OWN’s biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals, affairs, manipulations and a bitch slap or two." The series has achieved numerous heavily publicized season highs in ratings within its first season alone.
During its first week after launch in January 2011, OWN was watched by an average of 505,000 viewers.
The average prime-time audience for 2011 was 264,000. As a result, Lisa Erspamer, Executive Vice President of Production and Development, left the network effective January 26, 2012.
The channel's losses were estimated to be $330 million as of May 2012. The channel responded by raising the channel's retransmission consent fee (OWN was provided to cable providers effectively for free for its first two years on air) to a level more in line with other basic cable channels, a move that Discovery expects will allow the channel to break even some time in late 2013.
The heavily promoted Oprah's Next Chapter episodes featuring former cyclist Lance Armstrong, in which Armstrong publicly confessed his usage of performance-enhancing drugs for the first time, drew 4.3 million viewers over two nights, according to Nielsen ratings data. The Thursday night installment drew 3.2 million viewers, the second-highest total in the network's history to date., and the second installment on Friday night was seen by 1.1 million viewers. Oprah's interview with Whitney Houston's family in March 2012 retains the distinction of being OWN's highest-rated show, while the first installment of Armstrong's interview on January 17, 2013, and its repeat later that evening provided the network with its highest-rated evening to date.
|2011||Current HD logo|
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