Winfrey's BFF, Gayle King, will get top billing on OWN. She'll host "Gayle King Live!," a TV version of her XM Satellite Radio show.
Famed reality TV producer Mark Burnett's OWN show stirred scandal months before hitting screens. "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" came under fire after allegations that Winfrey had rigged voting for the "American Idol"-style search for budding hosts. It turned out spam blogs were to blame for skewed votes in the competition between disabled contestant Zach Anner and schoolteacher Phyllis Tucker-Wicks.
Two OWN shows offer a smorgasbord of stars: "Oprah Presents: Master Class" and "Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind." The first features celebrities dispensing life lessons. Jay-Z, Bono, Toni Morrison, Simon Cowell, Lorne Michaels and Condoleezza Rice are rumored to have signed on. "Visionaries" looks at the minds of modern day artists, including James Cameron, Lady Gaga, and Annie Leibovitz.
Of course, the channel couldn't be complete if Winfrey herself weren't on screen. "Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final Season," is set to begin in January, as the network launches. She'll also host the aptly titled "Oprah's Next Chapter," a one-hour series in which she'll do on-location interviews. New channel, new format, same Oprah.