Hopes Oprah's Next Chapter will revive the comatose network.
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Just how many Hail Mary passes do you throw, before you just throw in the towel? For Oprah Winfrey, the answer is at least one more. The media queen announces plans to return to the air in January in an effort to boost ratings at her struggling network, OWN.
Oprah's Next Chapter will pick up where The Oprah Winfrey Show left off, taking the talk show host's interview skills out of the studio and into the homes and celebrities and other notables.
The two-hour debut episode on January 1 will feature Winfrey talking with Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge Steven Tyler at his family home in New Hampshire, reports Reuters.
Tyler, 63, will talk about his drug addiction, his love life and his new-found fame on American Idol, OWN said on Friday.
In future episodes, Oprah will go to Haiti with actor Senn Penn to look at recovery efforts from the 2010 earthquake, tour Skywalker Ranch with Star Wars creator George Lucas and "celebrate the power of God and community" with televangelist Joel Osteen.
"After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever — moving around the country and the world talking to people I'm really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too," Winfrey said in a statement.
Oprah's Next Chapter follows the launch in October of Oprah's Lifeclass, in which Winfrey shared insights, life lessons and old clips from her quarter-century run on television.