Oprah Winfrey to host new global evening show

Thu Apr 8, 2010 2:15pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey will try to recreate her daytime success in the evening with a new show she will host from around the world next year after ending her reign as daytime talk-show queen after 25 years, her network said on Thursday.

The new series will be called "Oprah's Next Chapter" and will take Winfrey to India, China and elsewhere, said the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, the Los Angeles-based cable TV venture she formed with Discovery Communications Inc.

Scheduling and details for the new prime-time series have not been finalized, a network spokeswoman said, but the show likely will air two to three times a week and debut in late 2011. Winfrey will interview a range of people from celebrities to politicians to newsmakers in other countries.

The show was one of five new series announced by OWN. Others included a reality show about country singer Shania Twain, a one-hour series hosted by Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King, and an arts series that will spotlight among others singer Lady Gaga and director James Cameron.

The 24-hour network is set to be seen in 70 million homes and will start in January.

The U.S. talk show host announced in November on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that she would end her popular daytime show because it "feels right." The top-rated daytime show is broadcast from Chicago on ABC stations across the United States and in more than 140 countries.

It became one of TV industry's biggest money-makers and helped Winfrey, 56, amass a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at $2.3 billion.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney; editing by Bill Trott)

 
<p>Oprah Winfrey arrives at the "Precious" film screening during the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>