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Oprah Winfrey Returns to TV in 'Oprah's Next Chapter'

Date November 21, 2011
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey is set to put the OW back into OWN with the launch of her new series, 'Oprah's Next Chapter,' debuting Jan. 1 at 9PM ET. The new primetime series will take the media mogul away from the studio and on the road with celebrities, newsmakers, thought-leaders and real-life families.

"After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever -- moving around the country and the world talking to people I'm really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too," Winfrey said in a statement. "It is so energizing to be out and about in the world exploring new people, new places and new ideas."

The two-hour premiere episode will feature an in-depth conversation with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, with other celebrities, such as Sean Penn, George Lucas and Tony Robbins, lined up for future installments.

"I sat at the dinner table with a Hasidic Jewish family and tried to explain to the children who have never seen a television what TV is ... can you imagine?" Winfrey continued. "I fire-walked with Tony Robbins -- never pictured myself doing that! I celebrated the power of God and community with Joel Osteen and I'm planning a trip with Deepak Chopra to India where I've never been."

In addition to visiting Haiti with Penn and getting a guided tour of the Skywalker Ranch with Lucas, viewers will also see Winfrey enjoy a slumber party at Southern chef Paula Deen's Georgia estate and travel to a small town in Iowa devoted to the practice of Transcendental Meditation.

Since OWN's ratings have failed to light the world on fire thus far, Winfrey is doubtless hoping that her return to our screens is the lightning rod that her fledgling network needs to make a mark on the competitive primetime landscape.

Check out a sneak peek of the series below:


'Oprah's Next Chapter' premieres Jan. 1, 2012 at 9PM ET on OWN.

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