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Oprah: OWN Reality Series Steers Clear of ‘Bitches’ and ‘Ho’s’ Catfights

OWN’s upcoming reality program Crazy.Sexy.Life. is about four African-American girlfriends who live in Harlem (Kiyah, Bershan, Chenoa, Tiffany). After a sneak preview September 3, the show is set to debut in early 2014.

In an interview with Josef Adalian conducted last month and appearing in the September 23 issue of New York magazine, Oprah Winfrey notes that OWN’s version of reality TV promises to be a little different from the Real Housewives and Jersey Shore norm:

“They’re all professional women, and they actually like each other. So they’re not calling each other bitches and ho’s all the time. They’re not standing on tables and throwing water in people’s faces. And [yet], it’s fun. It’s fun, it’s humorous, but it also has heart and some depth and meaning…”

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Oprah in Hot Water Because She Loves Using Penis Cream

Oprah has enough trouble explaining to everyone she meets that OWN isn’t an elaborate hoax. So she can’t be too pleased with Canadian activists who have been protesting her every move. Their beef? Oprah’s endorsement of SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex, an anti-aging cream that uses cells from foreskin.

Oprah, the queen of all media, loves rubbing the penis cream on her face (hoping that’s the last time that sentence is ever written), but the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project wants her to stop. The group claims that by endorsing TNS Recovery Complex, Oprah is promoting circumcision.

A SkinMedica exec told the Star that the product is technically a cock cream, but the cells were from one foreskin that was collected 20 years ago. No doubt Oprah is hoping that information will make the protests go flaccid.

Lisa Ling: ‘OWN is hands down the best place I’ve ever worked’

Lisa Ling got her start as a TV correspondent when she was only 15. Since then, she’s come a long way, co-hosting The View, National Geographic’s Explorer and OWN’s Our America. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? interview series, FishbowlLA’s own Richard Horgan spoke with the Sacramento native about about her experience working for Oprah Winfrey.

“I am so lucky to work for OWN. It is the most creative freedom I’ve ever had in a job and I am so incredibly grateful for that,” said Ling. “I also have a great deal of respect for the OWN executives who oversee our show. We really operate in such a collaborative way, and I love it. I’ve never felt pressure to do anything about which I have felt uncomfortable. OWN is hands down the best place I’ve ever worked.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Lisa Ling, Host and Executive Producer of Our America?

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Former Bloomberg Radio Anchor Becomes Published Author (left), March 17
  2. Top Newsweek/Daily Beast Writer Gets New York Times Gig, March 16
  3. Meredith Names VP of Corporate Sales, March 19
  4. Peter Lauria Thinks its Time for Oprah to Shut Down OWN, March 21
  5. The 2012 Digital Ellie Award Winners, March 20
  6. YES Network Names New Sideline Reporter, March 20
  7. Massive Layoffs Hit Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN, March 20

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Peter Lauria Thinks It’s Time for Oprah to Shut Down OWN

Peter Lauria is not an OWN fan. In the Reuters “Media Bite” segment above, Lauria says what many in the media world are probably thinking: Oprah’s network is a “complete disaster” and should be shut down.

Lauria, amid so many camera cuts that it feels like you’re watching MTV, makes some good points. Time will tell if Oprah listens to the advice or simply has her legions of fans maul him.

Massive Layoffs Hit Oprah Winfrey’s OWN

Call it The Next Chapter at OWN!

Oprah Winfrey‘s struggling network, OWN, is headed for some major restructuring. The network announced one-fifth, or 30 staffers based in New York and Los Angeles, are being laid off.

“As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step,” Winfrey said in a statement.

The channel launched on New Year’s Day 2011, aabout that time that Winfrey had her syndicated show swan song. One year later, her primetime talk show and signature program on the network, debuted.

On March 11, a 90-minute edition of Oprah’s Next Chapter featuring Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina and the Houston family, was the most-watched show on the upstart network with 3.5 million viewers.

But not everyone has found the Oprah magic.

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Oprah, Pushed Out of Broadcast TV by Discovery Execs, Tells Fortune She ‘Wasn’t Pleased’

Oprah Winfrey, who started the historic 25th and final season of her eponymous show, begins the next phase of the career on January 1, 2011.

With Discovery Communications at the helm, Winfrey goes from her own show to own network—OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

The channel is taking over for Discovery Health.

Winfrey tells Fortune magazine that the courting by Discovery wasn’t easy. She recalls CEO David Zaslav saying ‘I need more of you’ in order to make the deal happen.

Not only was Zaslav demanding more hours from Winfrey on OWN, but he insisted she walk away from broadcast TV entirely.

‘…If you’re going to be in, you need to be all in.’ Zaslav told Winfrey.

“I wasn’t pleased.” Winfrey tells Fortune. “I wasn’t pleased at all.”

Behind-the-scenes details of the show the media mogul Winfrey, 56, eventually agreed to double her on-air presence on OWN to 70 hours annually.

Part of her workload includes hosting Oprah’s Next Chapter, a globetrotting interview show. “So that’s my all-in commitment,” Winfrey says.

Oprah Set To Leave Broadcast TV In 2011

oprah.jpgYesterday, it became clear that the rumors were true: Oprah Winfrey will be leaving her network TV show in 2011.

Tim Bennett, CEO of Winfrey’s production company Harpo, sent a letter to the local television stations that broadcast her show yesterday, letting them know that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” would be coming to an end in September 2011. After, Winfrey will appear on her cable channel, OWN.

Winfrey will inform her audience of her decision on her show today. The announcement was taped live at 10 a.m. and has already aired on some stations. (The New York Times‘ media blog has a full description of the announcement.)

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It’s Oprah’s World, We Just Live In It

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Discovery Communications and Oprah Winfrey announced that the Discovery Health network will be turned over to Winfrey next year, becoming OWN–the Oprah Winfrey Network. From AP:

The cash-free transaction involved Winfrey turning over her Web site to Discovery, while the communications company makes her chairman of the network, which is currently seen in 68 million homes, said David Zaslav, Discovery Communications chief.