Saturday, December 16, 2006

Oprah Reality Series: A Boost For XM

Oprah Winfrey reality series headed to prime time
Fri Dec 15, 6:17 PM ET, Reuters

Talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey is venturing into prime-time television with two new reality series, at least one of which will feature Winfrey herself, the ABC network and producers said on Friday.
No time frame has been set for the two shows, both described as combining elements of wish fulfillment and charity -- favorite themes of Winfrey on her long-running daytime talk program, the highest rated in broadcast syndication.
The show's concepts were laid out in a joint press release issued by her Harpo Productions company and the Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC, many of whose network-owned stations and affiliates currently carry the "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
The first new series, tentatively titled "Oprah Winfrey's The Big Give," presents 10 people with large sums of money and other resources and challenges them to find "the most powerful, sensational, emotional and dramatic ways to give to others."
The contestants will gradually be narrowed as the group confronts a "big catch" each week complicating their efforts, with the winner getting his or her "wildest dream come true."
A similar format figured in a recent two-episode broadcast of Winfrey's talk show in which she gave members of her studio audience $1,000 gift cards and implored them to find ways to help as many people as possible...read more: HERE

12/16/2006 07:07:00 AM

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