Oprah Ditches Daytime for New Evening Show

Winfrey promises to take viewers 'around the world'

By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User

Posted Apr 8, 2010 7:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Queen of daytime television is planning an evening show. Oprah Winfrey will announce today her plan to launch a new show called Oprah's Next Chapter on her cable network. The hour-long series, to debut next year, will take Oprah out of the studio and around the world. "I'm going to take viewers with me, going to take celebrities I want to interview with me," she tells the Wall Street Journal.

The Oprah Winfrey network (OWN) will have to convince advertisers to come along too. Her number are down from 10 million in the 1990s to 6.7 million viewers so far this season, the Journal notes. But Winfrey says she's fully invested in her new enterprise. "I am hands on, digging in there, looking through every tape," she says. "I'm not just up to my knees. I'm up to my thighs." Miss her already? Click here for the 9 best Oprah moments.

Oprah is switching gears —?and schedules — for a new show.
Oprah is switching gears —?and schedules — for a new show.   (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, Inc., George Burns)
Vintage Winfrey.
Vintage Winfrey.   (AP Photo/Charles Bennett, File)
Oprah is enormously powerful, but her numbers are down. Some wonder if she's lost her golden touch.
Oprah is enormously powerful, but her numbers are down. Some wonder if she's lost her golden touch.   (AP Photo/Harpo Production, George Burns)
In addition to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) she runs offshoots like 'O' Magazine.
In addition to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) she runs offshoots like 'O' Magazine.   (AP Photo/Hearst Magazines, Ruven Afanador)
The queen of daytime announced last year that  'the Oprah Winfrey Show' will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air.
The queen of daytime announced last year that 'the Oprah Winfrey Show' will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air.   (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, Inc.)
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