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Winfrey said Friday she will host the new series that will recycle episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as a “classroom” intended to help viewers improve their lives. The show, titled “Own Your Life,” will air weekdays at 8 p.m. ET starting Oct. 10.
Appearing at a session of the Television Critics Association to announce the revamped series and introduce Rosie O'Donnell and her new OWN show, Winfrey took the opportunity to reinforce her commitment to the channel.
Winfrey is claiming the title once held by Christina Norman, the former CEO who was dismissed in May in the wake of disappointing ratings for the channel. Norman’s position has been filled in the interim by Peter Liguori, the chief operating officer for Discovery Communications.
Acknowledging OWN’s rocky start, Winfrey said Friday that one of her biggest concerns was “aligning” the channel’s executive teams, “and now we have done that.” She cited the help of two executives who are with her Chicago-based production company, Harpo: Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, who share the title of OWN president.
Plans had been in place to pull from the “library” of more than 4,500 “Oprah Winfrey Show” episodes in a show titled “Oprah’s Encore.” But Winfrey said Friday she realized they could be better used if organized as an on-air educational tool about life.
“At Oprah’s core, she is a teacher,” Salata said in a release that announced a companion online course to the talk show reruns. Viewers can sign up “to reserve their spot” in class starting Friday at Oprah.com.
School starts with the show’s premiere, OWN said. “Own Your Life” will be paired with “The Rosie Show,” the new Rosie O'Donnell talk show that will air daily at 7 p.m. ET, right before “Own Your Life,” and will also debut Oct. 10.
She joked about viewers saying to themselves, “Oh, if I could only be Rosie O'Donnell: an overweight lesbian who yells too much,” then added, “My job is mostly to entertain and be funny.”
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