Things haven’t been going so swimmingly over at Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. The network–which kicked off with a bang on January 1– has been struggling as of late. So much so that an already-busy Oprah has made herself the network’s new CEO.
When her talk show wrapped up in May, Oprah made it clear that she planned to devote more time to OWN . In June she said, “The vacation that I thought that I was going to have is over. I have committed everything I have to this cable venture…- I need to be there. I need to be engaged and involved.”
Just about everything Oprah touches turns to gold (okay, we’ll give her a pass on “Beloved”), so why the low ratings over at her new network? Especially since the finale of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” don’t fans miss O enough to tune into OWN?
Part of the problem may be that Oprah’s face doesn’t turn up on OWN all that much. Sure we’ve got the reruns of “Season 25: Oprah’s Final Season,” but let’s face it, those clips– and the “Oprah” shows they are referencing– are old news.
There are also reruns of “The Dr. Phil Show” and “What Not To Wear”… not exactly must-see TV.
As for OWN’s original series’, The documentary “Finding Sarah” is winding down, as is “Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals.”
So what is coming up on OWN?
This fall Oprah fans can see a newly revamped Harpo Studios via “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Host Rosie O’Donnell told O Magazine that her new talk show won’t be as celebrity focused as her previous chat fest and will examine issues like child rearing, education, relationships and health.
Also on tap? The Suze Orman-hosted “Money Class,” which will feature Orman as she works with people all over the country to help them set attainable financial goals. (Oh how we loved her Debt Diet series!)
And the always-candid Oprah will once again open up her lives to us with “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” which will feature ” in-depth revealing interviews and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from the ends of the big, beautiful earth to her own backyard.”
Meanwhile, the OWN website has a page that lists casting calls for upcoming shows and docu-series. Producers are looking for engaged couples, hot homemakers and freegans.
We can only wonder what that means!