via press release:
CABLEVISION ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK ON iO TV
BETHPAGE, NY, DECEMBER 28, 2010 — Cablevision announced today the launch of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. A channel designed to entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives. Beginning on Saturday, January 1, 2011, OWN will be available to iO TV customers in both standard and high-definition on channel 180. OWN will also be carried on Bresnan systems on the channel formerly occupied by Discovery Health.
OWN has announced over 20 original series to-date, and an overview of some of those joining the channel at launch include:
ASK OPRAH’S ALL STARS
Viewers can start their year off right by asking questions to the experts about health, wealth and mental well-being. For the first time on one stage, viewers will have access to Oprah’s All Stars – Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, and Dr. Mehmet Oz – to seek advice and to ask their most pressing questions before a live studio audience in this four-part special.
CRISTINA FERRARE’S BIG BOWL OF LOVE
In this fun new cooking series, mother, author and former talk show host Cristina Ferrare opens up her home, introducing viewers to her family, friends and favorite foods. No matter who her guests are, there will always be laughter and good conversation as they whip up simple but impressive dishes. Whether creating a traditional Italian meal, throwing a Super Bowl Party for friends, or inviting Oprah to share Christmas dinner, Cristina Ferrare is always entertaining — and now she’ll share her cooking secrets with you.
ENOUGH ALREADY! WITH PETER WALSH
In each one hour episode of “Enough Already! With Peter Walsh”, acclaimed organizational and clutter expert, Peter Walsh, helps one family at a time get rid of the overwhelming clutter that is taking over their home and living the life they dream of. In just days, Peter will help each family understand the underlying reason that clutter has crept into their lives; he will teach them how to separate from their emotional clutter and provide the long lasting tools to enable a clutter free lifestyle for the future, both physically and emotionally. It won’t be easy, but with Peter’s guidance, these families will learn how to keep the clutter from creeping back into their homes and that they have the power to achieve the vision they’ve always imagined their home and life to be.
THE GAYLE KING SHOW
Start your day off right with Oprah’s best friend and O Magazine Editor-at-Large Gayle King, as her hit radio show comes to television, live daily on OWN. Gayle will offer her unique perspective on an array of topics ranging from current events and cultural trends to politics and more, all while bringing viewers closer to their favorite celebrities and notable public figures with her revealing, compelling daily interviews.
IN THE BEDROOM WITH DR. LAURA BERMAN
Dr. Laura Berman wants you to have great sex. A relationship expert, sex therapist, New York Times Bestselling author and Sirius XM radio show host, Dr. Berman makes house calls to help troubled couples uncover what’s really going on between the sheets. No issue is off limits with Dr. Berman, and she isn’t afraid to talk specifics. This series will surprise viewers with questions that prove how normal it is to need help… IN THE BEDROOM.
KIDNAPPED BY THE KIDS
Can a work-a-holic really learn to be a better parent from their own child? The kids are done living the latch key life, and are taking matters into their own hands! In this forced parental sabbatical, it’s good-bye to cell phones and hello to family time with the kids at the helm.
Do miracles really exist? Is there a logical explanation to the seemingly inexplicable? Two investigators—one a believer, Randall Sullivan, the other a skeptic, Dr. Indre Viskontis — will cross the country to uncover answers to mysterious incidents that transcend logic. Each episode features two separate investigations where the pair examines a miraculous claim. Randall will try to prove miracles do exist – by illustrating that these events are inexplicable without divine intervention. Indre will use science to show that although uplifting, there are earthy explanations for these occurrences. Randall and Indre will work together to search for the truth on “Miracle Detectives,” a new one hour documentary series for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
OPRAH PRESENTS MASTER CLASS
They are 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, eight true modern
masters step forward to share the greatest lessons they’ve learned along the way. In an intimate setting, they share their successes, their failures, their triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks. Master Class offers an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the famous people we love, respect, and admire. First season masters include Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Sidney Poitier, Dr. Maya Angelou, Diane Sawyer, Lorne Michaels, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey.
OPRAH’S GUIDE TO OWN: THE NEW OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
In this one-hour special, Oprah will present viewers with a sneak peek of her favorite shows premiering on OWN. Consider this a cheat sheet to television’s newest cable network — an introduction to OWN’s mission to entertain, inform and inspire with a preview of the network’s highly anticipated slate of programming. Viewers will discover the finalists who made the top ten in the competition to become OWN’s next big television star. They’ll get an exclusive look at some of OWN’s original series, from Lisa Ling’s investigative reporting to Dr. Laura Berman’s sex therapy to docu-series about Sarah Ferguson, Ryan & Tatum O’Neal, and Shania Twain. And they’ll hear the backstory on OWN’s creation and intention, in the words of Oprah herself.
SEASON 25: OPRAH BEHIND THE SCENES
For the first and last time, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” opens its doors to invite viewers behind the scenes for the making of the farewell season. See what happens off-camera as the staff, guests and Oprah herself reveal a side the public has never seen of one of television’s most popular and enduring series. Get an inside look at the passion, the pressure and the people that dedicate their lives to producing one of the most beloved shows in television history.
YOUR OWN SHOW: OPRAH’S SEARCH FOR THE NEXT TV STAR
Ten contestants with determination, passion and drive were plucked from obscurity from thousands of auditions to compete to get their own TV show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Hosts Nancy O’Dell and Carson Kressley guide the hopefuls through intense challenges designed to see if they have what it takes to have their own show. Each episode the contestants will be mentored by A-list hosts. Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, Gayle King and more will make appearances on the series, bestow knowledge to the contestants and judge the episode. Challenges will range from booking interviews and researching story ideas, to successfully completing a pilot presentation. The winner will receive – their very own show! The series is executive produced by the legendary Mark Burnett.
Additionally, OWN will feature some of your favorite movies and original documentaries including the critically acclaimed, award-winning PRECIOUS, as well as, FAMILY AFFAIR, SONS OF PERDITION and LIFE 2.0. OWN is also producing original two-hour documentaries with Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Gabriel Byrne and Mariel
Hemingway including, EXTRAORDINARY MOMS, ONE LAST SHOT, TENT CITY and SEVEN SUICIDES.
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation’s leading telecommunications, media and entertainment companies. In addition to delivering its Optimum-branded cable, Internet, and voice offerings throughout the New York area, the company owns and operates cable systems serving homes in four Western states. Cablevision’s local media properties include News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group. Cablevision’s assets also include Rainbow Media Holdings LLC and its programming and entertainment businesses, AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Entertainment, as well as Clearview Cinemas. Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at http://www.cablevision.com.
About OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform, and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN will debut on January 1, 2011 in approximately 80 million homes on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also will include the award-winning digital platform, Oprah.com. For more information, please visit http://www.oprah.com/own and http://www.press.discovery.com/us/own.