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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Behind the Scenes: Oprah's 25th Season

Starting in January 2011, Oprah fans will get what they have been waiting a long time to see. More Oprah.

The Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary DVD CollectionOWN short for the Oprah Winfrey Network will launch on cable in partnership with Discovery Communications and will give us a behind the scenes look into the The Oprah Winfrey Show's final season.

“For the first time ever, viewers will get to see behind the curtains of The Oprah Winfrey Show,” said Christina Norman, Chief Executive Officer. “Behind the Scenes: Oprah's 25th Season will document what will be the most amazing season, yet.”

Announced today, the show will give viewers a glimpse into the formerly walled off Harpo Productions. From the edit rooms to the green rooms, both onstage and off, staff members will reveal the goings on in the Chicago based studio with comments from Oprah herself.

OWN also announced it is adding four one-hour series to its development slate. The four new primetime shows in development are:

This series will let kids turn the tables on their workaholic parent, allowing them the chance to “kidnap” the offending parent and officially ban them from work, even confiscating their blackberries and cell phones. By forcing some quality time together, the kidnapped parent is under the kids’ control until deemed properly cured. This one-hour program is a UK format produced by Love Productions.

Two investigators, one a believer and the other a skeptical scientist, travel the earth to uncover answers to mysterious incidents that transcend logic. In each episode of this series, the investigators will delve deeply into two different miracles. In their quest to find conclusive answers and support their case, they will visit the site of the incident and any other locations that are vital to collecting data about the event. Speaking to witnesses, authorities, and experts, these investigators will do what it takes to explain what just may be a miracle. This one-hour program is produced by Pilgrim TV and Film.

Using the expertise of renowned search specialist and New Jersey housewife Pam Slaton, this series features three people from diverse backgrounds who are looking to find someone they love. Some individuals may be looking for a lost love, others may be trying to find a missing family member, while others may be looking to make amends with someone from their past. Whether separated by adoption, tragedy, or simply by chance, this program will follow each person as they embark on an emotional journey. This one-hour show is produced by Stuart Krasnow Productions.

Set at Rockville Correctional Facility, a maximum-security women’s prison in Rockville, Indiana, this series will track the personal journeys of real-life “women behind bars,” including their ties to family and the lives they try to sustain on the outside. Whether they are in for the short term or in for life, this program will explore the ways in which this particular prison can be a source of rehabilitation and hope. This one-hour show is produced by 44 Blue. Rasha Drachkovitch is Executive Producer.

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