New Year, New Oprah: What's to Come on the Oprah Winfrey Network


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. On Dec. 30, Winfrey announced the show's ten contestants, including Anner.

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, Diane Sawyer, Maya Angelou, Condoleezza Rice, and Simon Cowell are among the luminaries who will appear in the first season of the series. "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. "Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes," will chronicle Winfrey's wrapping up of her epic daytime talk show She'll also host the aptly titled "Oprah's Next Chapter," a one-hour series in which she'll get out of the studio and see the world, riding her proverbial horse into the sunset.

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