Oprah OWNs

Oprah Winfrey is getting her own TV network. Dubbed "OWN" (for the Oprah Winfrey Network), it's a deal with Discovery that will phase out the Discovery Health Network.

Will this make Oprah the first Black woman to have her own TV network? In any case, this is a good look, assuming that Oprah can bring the kind of quality programming the legions of women who check out her syndicated talk show will watch. Discovery Health already reaches 68 million homes, and I imagine that number rising once OWN is live next year. The other question is, her contract for The Oprah Winfrey Show is up for renewal in 2010 or 2011; she has the option of cancelling out on that, and bringing her show to OWN, which might hurt at first, but once the women of America (and the world!) twist their husbands arms, it won't be a problem for many households to get this. Hell, I'm contemplating buying wifey an XM2Go, so she can get the Oprah Network on satellite radio!

The only other thing is, WTF will she show on it? I'd imagine Dr. Oz would get play, but what about kitchen divas like Rachel Ray or Giada de Laurentiis? And that guy Nate Berkus, the home decor diva, should be in on this as well, right? Being Oprah's friend is a BIG THING with this announcement!

Can I be your friend, Oprah? Do you need a Black blogger to work your website?

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