The other day, when I was beginning my “re-entry” phase of vacation—slowly adjusting to the idea that it would be over soon and I would be returning to work—by secluding myself and having no commitments , TV choices were weak. Saturdays tend not to have great TV programming anyway, and New Year’s Day was worse than a typical Saturday. And then I remembered it was January 1, and Oprah was launching her own new network. So I watched an hour of Oprah’s Guide to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. And then another couple of hours/two episodes of Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. And I saw an episode of Master Class with Jay Z. Then Sunday night I saw Diane Sawyer on Master Class, and a part of the Ask the Experts with Drs. Oz and Phil and Suze Orman. Oh, and the sex therapist. And then last night I watched the de-clutter guy.
In other words, or word: YAY.
Now when Food Network is running cake challenge shows or the Secret Life of ___[fill in the name of a confection or mass produced food]__ or other shows that I tend just to leave on as background noise, I can turn to OWN! I’m not sure I’ll watch the Shania Twain series, but I’m fascinated that Fergie has no self worth. (I can see struggling with self esteem, but self worth? Aren’t we all worthy simply because we are?) And the Lisa Ling series looks compelling.
If you haven’t already, I urge you to tune into her one hour preview show to check out the lineup, which really looks good. I’m sure there’s something you’d be interested in watching, just as I’m sure Oprah will deliver on providing good, intelligent, inspiring programming on a network that bears her name. Right? As I mentioned in a previous post when she began her final season, there is a lot I admire about Oprah. She’s powerful and successful and compassionate and let’s face it: most importantly, she ain’t no dummy. She wouldn’t put her name on anything that wouldn’t do her proud.
But that’s my opinion. You’ll have to watch it yourself so you can have your “own”.