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

The Oprah Winfrey Network boasts a star-studded cast of characters.

BySHEILA MARIKAR
December 30, 2010, 1:54 AM

Dec. 30, 2010 — -- Forget a new year. What 2011 is really bringing is a new age of Oprah.

Oprah Winfrey's original cable television channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will debut in about 85 million homes across America Jan. 1, marking a major step in the media-mogul's career. (Oprah.com includes a "channel finder" to locate OWN in specific areas of the country.)

It won't be Winfrey 24/7. The talk show host with the most has committed to appearing in at least 70 hours of programming in 2011, but the rest of OWN's programming will consist of a cast of characters who share her values and vision. Below, check out the star-studded shows OWN has in store:

O'Donnell won't dabble in the typical celebrity interviews. "The show will be about real people and real issues," she said on Oprah.com. "I'll focus on a single topic for one hour, things people deal with every day. Raising children. The education system in America. Autism. Relationships, health, weight, depression—and happy stuff, too, of course. I envision the show being full of love and laughter."

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