Archive of Old ‘Oprah’ Shows Will Be Backbone of OWN, But Not Until September

In an article by the New York Post’s Michael Starr titled “Five Things You Didn’t Know About Oprah’s New TV Network,” weighing in at #1 was that 25 years worth of “Oprah” archives will ultimately serve as the backbone of OWN, but not until September. Starr reports that the library of old shows, nearly 5,000 hours worth is one of the most highly valued properties in TV. He also notes that that viewers might not recognize the new episodes since they’ll be edited and repackaged as theme shows e.g. “Oprah and celebrities,” “Oprah’s book club,” etc., according to sources.

It will be very interesting to see how they integrate the archive into the schedule and how they perform versus other programming.

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