Oprah's OWN debuts to mostly positive reviews
January 3rd, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Oprah's OWN debuts to mostly positive reviews

After much hype, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network launched on January 1 to mostly positive reviews, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"OWN is a place where cynicism takes a holiday and mockery hasn’t yet been invented," the New York Times's Alessandra Stanley said of the reality-program-packed channel. "There is no Chelsea Handler baring her big, sharp teeth on OWN; there is no Kathy Griffin or Joan Rivers standing up to take a crack at other people’s appearances or ages. There isn’t even an Oprah Winfrey standing in the studio audience, raising a quizzical eyebrow at a guest’s self-deceptions. Ms. Winfrey has created a ridicule-free zone where people like Tatum O’Neal and her father, Ryan O’Neal, and Naomi Judd and her daughter Wynonna can explore their personal growth in public."

IndieWire.com's Caryn James said that the network – which boasts lineup that includes the "Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love" cooking show, the "Master Class" celebrity profile series, and the investigative "Miracle Detectives" - "displays a whiff of spirituality, a huge amount of lifestyle fluff, and a surprising layer of substance."

What's more, says James, "Beneath the inspirational advice that often sounds like hot air, and the clean-up-your-room mom’s voice, Oprah has a bedrock belief in reason, intelligence, and education. That’s what makes her so valuable and OWN so promising to the non-banshees among us."

Jennifer Mabry of The Root, an online publication aimed at African-American audiences, disagrees and says she is disappointed in the network's programming.

"[Winfrey] seems content to follow the new television model of programming that exploded in the wake of the 2008 Hollywood writers' strike: Find anyone with a heartbeat and a willingness to have cameras follow them during their ordinary day-to-day life, and voilà - we've got ourselves a TV show!" says Mabry. "A much better bet: instead of routine reality TV, original scripted programming aimed primarily at upwardly mobile, upper-middle-class black folk."

Ultimately, says the Times's Stanley, "OWN isn’t for everyone, and it certainly isn’t for viewers who like Oscar Wilde or can’t read of the death of Little Nell without laughing. But it lives up to the Oprah Winfrey ethos — a 'meaningful, mindful' cable network that seeks its own truth and tries to be its own best self."

What do you think of OWN? Let us know in a comment below.


soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. tryecrot

    Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. niki r

    i also want to know why OWN isn't in HD.

    and why are people saying discovery health channel is gone? they moved it two channels away from where it was. it's been there the whole time.

    May 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kris

    Own is horrible, that christina cooking show is junk, her food is no better than a fast food restaurant and she is so annoying! I think all u oprah lovers are scary and crazy, I was a guest on oprah 6 years ago and let's just say she is very rude back stage, her show where she gives stuff away, um hello people harpo studio gets that stuff for free, it isn't like she is digging in her billion dollar bank account to buy anyone anything, she is worse than martha stewart, her network sucks! It will fail!

    March 26, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. truth seeker

    OWN WAS NOT OPRAHS "VISION" IT WAS INSPIRED BY A PROPOSAL THAT DISCOVERY HAD RECEIVED FROM A "NOBODY" WHO PITCHED THE IDEA FOR A NEW "UPLIFTING" AND "POSITIVE" WOMEN'S NETWORK.

    THEY SIGNED A CONTRACT, KEPT THE MATERIAL FOR OVER A YEAR AND MISLEAD THIS PERSON INTO THINKING THAT WERE "INTERESTED" THEN AS SOON AS THE CONTRACT EXPIRED THEY ANNOUNCED "THE LAUNCH OF OWN"!

    THEY TOTALLY SCREWED THIS PERSON OVER, STOLE ALL THE GREAT MATERIAL AND PAID NOTHING FOR IT! ISN'T THAT SWEET?!

    THEY ( the media moguls & network heads) ARE A BUNCH OF GREEDY, UNSCRUPULOUS LIARS WHO CHEAT DECENT PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HARD EARNED WORK. THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!!
    MAY GOD STRIKE THEM DOWN! "OWN" WILL EVENTUALLY FAIL BECAUSE IT WAS STOLEN!!

    February 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joy Davis

    I was impressed with OWN. As with all new things, there is room for growth and improvement. I am confident that the programming will get even better over time. Oprah's worker bees are the best in the business and they'll not let their queen down.

    January 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Debbie

    I am very happy to have an alternative to some of the negative television choices. Even with the programming not up and running 100% I am enjoying the new OWN network. I look forward to the new shows that are being promoted. I'm kind of surprised at the people who have taken the time to write the negative posts. For many years I have shaken my head at the programs like Jerry Springer and similar ones that look for the lowest out of people. They make me sad. I do not find them entertaining or funny, just very sad. I like to learn things that will help me in my life and help my children in their lives. I am extremely thankful for this new option and I know that many others feel the same way.
    Thank you Oprah for having the courage and guts to put your vision out into the public and I know you are strong enough and sure enough of your own motives not to let the negative bashers slow you down. Thank you!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. kela

    I'm in Canada and I can't wait for this new network to come to Canada. Many of the shows sound fantastic. As for the people complaining about losing Discovery Health, if you loved it so much why didn't you watch? The reason they got Oprah to take over is because people were not watching Discovery Health so it's a little late now to complain. Besides Oprah has kept the best shows from Discovery Health (mystery diagnosis and Deliver me) and the other shows were mostly moved.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kpey

    You aren't missing anything! So far the channel has nothing but crap on it. Just like Bravo and all the other"chick"channels. I hate stuff like that. Discovery Health was so much better – it was worth watching sometimes – unlike OWN. Most of television has moved in the crap direction, even
    History and NatGeo. I have removed OWN from my favorites list.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. JannJann

    I refused to watch. Why couldn't she have bought a network that wasn't so beneficial to its viewers? I'm sure her followers would have found her whichever network she chose to buy. Just my opinion but I don't like her because of that snobbish aire she has. I miss DISCOVERY HEALTH. Maybe her show will bomb and it will come back.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jan

    If Oprah told her devoted followers to jump off a bridge, they would.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. runjackrun

    I was curious and watched OWN all day on Saturday. I was disappointed that shows were being shown over and over. Then the next day they started to change and I continued to watch but I wasn't blown over with anxiety. I'd be ready for the nuthouse if TV got me excited. The shows I liked best were the behind the scenes ones that showed the viewers how each show was made. The only other show I'll probably watch is the one with the experts Dr. Phil, Suze Orman and Dr. Oz. However, I can't stand Dr. Phil and I'm tired of Dr. Oz talking about his poop. The only person worthwhile watching throughout the whole OWN network is Suze Orman.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jen

    The bedroom show with Dr. Laura was hysterical last night...that's the only thing I've watched so far...

    http://www.monogrammedeverything.com

    January 4, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tracy

    I love orpah and its amazing what she has accomplished . However , why did all the shows have to have her name attached to it – Oprah winfrey presents this and Oprah presents that . C'mon . We know its your channel – lighten up

    January 4, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. KCV

    Great network....love the behind the scenes as well, she should of done that years ago. Dr. Laura and masterclass were good, looking forward to Gail King show (she's always seemed a little more down to earth than Oprah).

    January 4, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sally

    Behind the scenes, Oprah seemed to be bullying at times. How far removed is she from .. herself?

    January 4, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. BROADCASTER

    Could not watch because I WOULD HAVE TO PAY for OWN to be added to my cable selection. So Far I AM NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE REVIEWS. Personnaly I Would have stayed with OPRAH that made you a success . retired, and do specials.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  17. Barb

    i liked watching ok buy its not in HI-DEF SO NOT COOL!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  18. Bea

    For the most part – Loved it!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  19. Mizvett

    I watched the network and is so far enjoying it. For all those complaining about lost of DHC, please keep in my Discovery is the fronting the money for this in exchange of O's name and influence, complain to them about their desire to change the network. Watch or don't but let's just move on.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  20. j. adkins

    I thank people are so jealous of her its not even funny. I thank thay need to grow up and quit downing her. She has done more for people than any superstar ever had done. I hope she keeps going for 25 more years. And you people talk about her being overweight why dont you look at your self in the mirror you aint know betty prince or princecess . So you unconcederett people GROW UP.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jayne

      Nice attempt at written communication. Perhaps you should try to repeat the 3rd grade, or at least attempt a GED.

      January 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. M

    Why would this Article even have to be written? Obviously anything oprah decides to do would be stellar

    January 4, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. j. adkins

    I like what she doing . Keep up the good work. Sounds like to me that p. Needs to grow up and clean up there back yard before thay start on op.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  23. Josh

    OWN will save me a load of cash. We only watched two stations and now that Discovery Health is gone, we only have the Food. So now I can drop cable all together. Thanks O for nothing

    January 4, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  24. judith ward

    Love it. Reality TV that is inspiring and educational.

    January 4, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  25. Positive Thinker

    Is she finally going to acknowledge all the people that have died as a direct result of her promoting the shysters behind "The Secret"? James Arthur Ray killed four people, and the lady who was on one of her Secret shows saying because of the Secret she wasn't going to pursue regular medical treatment for her cancer has recently died. Of cancer. Not a peep from Oprah. Just moved on to other moneymakers, I guess.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • juza

      Just because someone who followed the Secret might have caused some deaths does not relect on the Secret. Terrorist Timothy McVeigh was a Christain, doesn't make Christ responsible for the Oklahoma bombing. Mu god you're stupid.

      January 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Name*diane

    glad for Oprah, but how stupid to go live on a premiere channel that most people who really need her cannot even afford?? I wish I could watch it, but now I'm understanding her just a bit better- it really IS all about the money. dang it!

    January 4, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  27. Terry Jones

    I watched own this weekend, and it was very pleasing to see clean television, and it is now a part of my clean television viewing. I may not always agree with the opinions, but it is cleaner than vampires, violence and all the other things that regular tv is offering...She is trying in the mist of all this degregation, to do something clean and positive and giving to humankind...she is on my list of good and positive things to watch....not much out there now...thanks OPRAH.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • sere

      I was flipping through and caught a show about a woman explain how she likes to hump a laundry basket with her husband behind her. Yes, this is much cleaner and more educational than Discovery Health shows (sarcasm).

      January 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  28. SoulfulJ

    Loved the Jay-Z autobiography plus the 'Kid Kidnap Parents' show with the Margolis family was so refreshing and opened up great discussions with our kids. Keep up the great work Oprah, JayZ and Margolis family!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  29. tiff

    Hate this channel now ... i want my discovery health back....she has enough money to get a different station.. would watch it if it did not take my sation away.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  30. Rita

    I am extremely disappointed. I want Discovery Health back. I thoroughly enjoyed programs that were on DH, and am not the least bit interested in seeing Oprah Backstage or on any stage. I don't see what others find so interesting in this. It is not the least bit educational - only the same thing that she has done before. Why does she think she needs to be on all channels. She is a person like all the rest of us, not any better just because she has money and can do what she wants. I want a good show to watch occasionally like Dr. G, Trauma in the ER, Mystery Diagnosis. I will miss those programs. I really learned a lot from them.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane higgins

      Yes Rita!!! I TOTALLY agree!!!! Oprah needs to take her enormous ego and go away. WAY too much of her majesty (self-appointed.). Thank you for saying this. Oprah needs to ride her big ass into the sunset.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • neva

      Mystery Diagnosis is on Oprah's network now

      January 6, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  31. Kyle

    It seems like it's made for blacks and fat women in middle America. Put down the donut cows. Yeah you!

    January 4, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  32. Lacey

    Oprah sickens me. She believes she OWNS the world! Why on earth would I want to watch a channel that just has what she likes or wants on it. Stupid. She is trying to control everyone. Leave Oprah. Let Stedman go get a life and you can move your girlfriennd in. Go bath in your money. You don't do anything with your money but help a small group of girls in Africa. That's nice but what else do you do? Look at the Pitt family. Now they don't have near your wealth but look how much they give. Oprah...... I DISown your stupid station.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • actually

      Actually Oprah's given over $306 million of her own hard earned money to charity, more than probanly all other performers COMBINED. In addition to the hundreds of girls she mothers in Africa, she's sent hundreds of Americans through college, given millions to inner-city schools, built homes in New Orleans. The list goes on and on and on. In addition to all the money she gives out of her own pocket, she also brilliantly gets sponsors to hand out gifts on her show like new cars, trips to Australia. She's fabulous

      January 6, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  33. Gran

    Been looking forward to seeing this "OWN" after all the hype but my Verizon FIOS does not offer it unless you pay them an extra $15 a month. Too bad, a couple things looked interesting. TV for the masses? Bull-hockey!

    January 4, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  34. Kelly

    In our area the dh has moved to my fitness channel, wiping out all my shows. How can anyone be so selfish? Money does rule the world, but with no brains included.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  35. Sere

    I want Discovery Health. Didn't Oprah already have Oxygen? Alot of youth were inspired to become doctors or nurses by watching DH. I want it back.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  36. Felice

    Oprah is cool and all, but I would rather have DH back. Why couldn't she take over WE or Oxygen???

    January 4, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  37. Miranda G.

    Boring boring boring. A bunch of reality show junk. And not even good reality shows. I hope no one tunes in, so they can put this thing to bed and put the rest of us out of our misery. Smart intelligent people will not watch this garbage. Bring back Discovery Health!

    January 4, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  38. Biv

    Just an awesome program. Highly inspiring, thought provoking, and beautiful... Truly loved it.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  39. YVONNE

    OPRAH is shero, my hero, my girl crush, my sister she's just all that and a bag of CHIPS!!!!!! A FAT BLACK WOMEN BILLONAIRE IN AMERICA!!! YOU GO MS OPRAH YOU MAKE ME PROUD!!!! LET THE HATERS DO WHAT THEY DO. lol
    Oprah is someone children should be looking up to not the IDIOT ATHLETES!!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jason Glugla

    They take away a network which actually teaches you things so that a giant ego and her teams of followers can bring you things to make you stupid. This is more of what is happening to the United States, send your jobs away and give you pretty pictures and the belief that you can be one of the uber class. I hope that Oprah enjoyed her tax break paid for by U.S. tax payers and her trip to Australia which was paid for by Australian tax payers. Now all of you subscribers to the O magazine, feel free to attack.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  41. tia

    There ares so any negative people in the world..that's why OWN is necessary. I love it! Inspires me that she even tried..told everyone I know and kept my channel locked. She OWNS and one day I can too..I know u negatives are gonna hate this..I shed my room of its clutter..

    January 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelsey

      Put down the glass of "Oprah Kool Aid" honey ... it's clear you've had too much.

      January 4, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  42. john

    Well I haven't had the opportunity to watch yet, but I got chance to listen to the radio up loved it.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Judy

    We miss DH. We hope to see it return. As for OWN: give Oprah a chance here. Other networks should take notes: no shock tv, no ridiculous reality shows. Good clean encouraging thought provoking entertainment. I expect to see changes along the way but know there are great things to come.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  44. najah

    I live in Hawaii and I LOVED OWN network. For People who Blame Oprah foe Health Network leaving " YA SILLY" n Jealous! If you miss Health channel so much. then You Should Have Fought to Keep It! Anyway " YOU GO GIRL OPrah" -I Love U n have watched U for 25yrs n dont Mind 25yrs R More! Mahalo n Oprah has da Aloha spirit

    January 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenna

      It's obvious that you've been oprah-fied. Try thinking for yourself sometime instead of being a mindless follower of an arrogant, condescending woman. And by the way the expression "you go girl" went out with shoulder pads.

      January 4, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  45. dgs

    What a disappointment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Same old..same old..Just like all the other channels

    January 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Wesley

    Oprah is doing what many of the major networks should have done years ago.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Duaneknows

    I am amazed at how many negative comments were posted. A new year of new beginnings and hearing people still stuck in their negative ruts. I was super-impressed by OWN and the programming offered. There are a lot of people on this planet who are famous for no reason at all that are certainly worthy of criticism, Oprah Winfrey is not one of them. . Oprah actually is always trying to help make us as human beings care more about each other and find ways to acheive that goal. You don't have to watch her or OWN, but these personal assassinations are baffling to me. Do some soul-searching people. FInd out what is missing in your lives that makes you so negative and not want to better yourself.

    January 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Duane, I could not agree more. In its first week, the OWN network had the third highest ratings on cable, behind ESPN and USA. I think this group of haters is not representative.

      January 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Joann Hall

    I enjoyed watching all week end positive programs on own and know reality shows. Thank's Oprah

    January 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Charles McGann

    Still running it like it was the abductive five year old coffen you're fame games r real sick

    January 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  50. tae

    For everyone who is whining over dh if you feel that bad about it contact the headquarters and get it re programed as for the oprah haters like it or not o will be a huge influnce in the present and beyond she has a legacy and many look up to her I for one support her all the way go oprah!!! P. S. Just because it's 24/7 doesn't mean you have to look at it all the time you pay for cable and have a remote....think about it

    January 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  51. yodi

    I want discovery health back ASAP! I was not impressed with OWN show!

    January 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Julie

    Having a rusty paperclip jammed into my left eye would be less painful than watching anything on OWN.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jones

    Anna and Kristina cooking was very disappointing, Christina Ferrare's show was okay and may have potential. The behind-the-scenes making of the premiere of Oprah's 25th season was pretty good except that since this is January we knew whether or not surprises would work out already. Several of the shows look somewhat interesting but on the whole I'm really disappointed and expected a lot more.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Pam Ohio

    I turned in at various times over the weekend and enjoyed especially the Oprah's All-Stars, with Drs. Phil, Oz, and Suze Orman. I've added the channel to my favorites list and am looking forward to seeing what will be shown.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Charles McGann

    You don't under stand they r phycotily running my familys lives over the crimes they have done they want the lable of stealth tec there running around acting like its the person

    January 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  56. MEGGIE24

    I never could stand Oprah and would never watch her network. Not that she cares.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Charles McGann

    No sr they have THAT as well

    January 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Charles McGann

    Yea I could have died because of how much THIS is ilgel

    January 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Charles McGann

    So its a THIS an still no arest

    January 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Freea

    Oprah should retire. There is a time for everything and hers is over. She can no longer hold onto her supporters. There is something not right about some of the things she says and does. The message she delivers is that of being rich and single and having a certain amount of power gives her the right to push her own agenda. My friends mirror the same opinion and feel sad that a great beginning has turned into a poor ending. Oprah, we don't care what your think any longer.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Charles McGann

    Did you know they started THIS in the 80s

    January 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Charles McGann

    That is child abduction an there so THIS inclined

    January 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Charles McGann

    You wasted my life for PRO this go around.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Charles McGann

    So there running THIS with the 90 procent water an 10 procent exstablishment falling back on the there books yea they looked like they where used befor you know what get a lawer its like the cop cars causing a 95 slow down***you wasted my life for A go around isn't like he's running around saying there's no air in this room

    January 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Charles McGann

    Get this I'm still alive to c how much care they put into a child

    January 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  66. leon

    Has a good lineup of shows from what o can tell so far! I cannot wait for more shows to start up!

    January 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Andrea

    I absolutely love the new OWN network. The shows are interesting. My boyfriend and I enjoyed the Clutter Show and I have taped future shows this coming week that I will want to watch. Go Oprah!

    January 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Charles McGann

    A pro com THIS is crazy we don't talk like that arourd here

    January 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Karen

    My cable carrier did not show this new network. All it said was "to be announced". But from what I have read here and elsewhere OWN is not my kind of channel. I loved the Discovery Health Channel. I do not like watching other peoples lives. I do not watch Survivor, Wife Swap, the Kardashions (?), do not even watch Oprah, Maury, Jerry Springer or shows like any of these. We love movies, the Closer, Law & Order. Most of television is boring and sometimes downright rude. I will stick to my move channels.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Charles McGann

    This is real funny how you're public has bn in rec an in dangering a childs life an acting like its just some game as an adult take another part of my freedom an you will pay millions just think eany day YOU will pay millions

    January 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  71. marta

    Own was probably one of the worst channels. I don't enjoy watching other peoples lives. I actually watches discovery health for the health part. Oprah why do you have to take over everything? Don't you have enough.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Maggie

    Guess her network isn't for me. I am not "upwardly mobile, upper-middle-class black folk" and I like Oscar Wilde. Just as well; the description of the shows on her network sound tediously boring. For reality television, give me Gordon Ramsay any day!

    January 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • kai

      I believe the "upwardly mobile..." bit was from a reviewer saying that's what she'd have liked to see in terms of programming; that it doesn't exist on the channel.

      January 6, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  73. Charles McGann

    What happend to the court in stead of trying to pull a dead kid out of school an getting off pointing the finger at the parents yea I know how opsanil you play things

    January 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Charles McGann

    An the house with the well in side of it now. An you're weard higH school pictures.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Mo

    I like Oprah but Discovery Health was one of my favorite stations. I cant believe they took away DH and gave us O. I guess when you have money you can indulge your ego all you want.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Brenda

    Oprah needs to retire from TV.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Charles McGann

    No you're a threat to the hole human race I don't half to show up for YOURE court date they tried to kill me time an time again they think they own me so the evadence is not truly looked at they only want to realse in court there claming the exploytaion of evadence an it can't be viewed only in court. The only dream I got as a child was I'm flyng as I was falling face first through clouds you're school never caired for my dreams when I was abducted they brought me to you're school the to a place where they took all the air out. You need oxygen to live

    January 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Kelly

    Everything Oprah does is AMAZING! Yay for OWN! Congrats.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      To you, Kelly. To you. I, like many others, don't like this narcissistic, arrogant, condescending woman.

      January 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Rosie

    I think the OWN network needs to take better look at its programming. I like to watch television for escapism and there are way too many reality shows on her station. I would like to see some family friendly shows that are funny as well as dramatic. Enough with the self help shows.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Mandy

    All Oprah All the Time is Hell. A few shows, here and there...were okay. It's like only watching FOX News or only watching religious programs....too much of any single perspective is not a good thing...I'll pick and choose. But not all day. And there were so many commercials when I did watch that I eventually gave up. Thank goodness for 24 hours of the Twilight Zone.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Patty

    I REFUSE to be OWNed. I will not watch it nor do I want to. I don't "Oprah." IMO Discovery Health Channel made a huge mistake in this deal with the self-proclaimed queen. How arrogant can one human being get?????? I can't believe all the good shows in DHC were traded for this CRAP!

    January 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Charles McGann

    Try live with the parden

    January 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Charles McGann

    Y rnt you doing weekly radio checks with the goverment each an every indavisual radio station has a changing radio check with a diffrent goverment employe all crist I don't know try mirraige the sucity is realy out of hand with how long an there's another one an the outer as well the songs rnt but they don't realize till there older a controled party

    January 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Lou

    Junk programming – Repeats on Day One

    Discovery Health was a great channel Oprah trashed it to satisfy her own very large ego –
    He, or she, who has the most bucks wins in the new United States!!

    January 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  85. michelle

    I personally greatly dislike OWN. Unless I see the old shows that were on that channel, I will not watch that crap. I was a fan of Discovery Health and all those shows, and I will not sit around to watch Dr Phil and Oprah. Much like Brett Favre, Oprah needs to hang it up. Shes corrupted a perfectly good channel.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  86. daniel

    i hate watching teevee. pick up a book and expand your mind.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Sandra

    I watched it and enjoyed some of what I saw. Not every show will be for every viewer as is to be expected. True to Oprah style, as was also to be expected. The best is hopefully yet to come!

    January 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Charles McGann

    4700 men for the greed I don't think you want to influancs THIS

    January 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Charles McGann

    They r making my head hurt at sunset they have bn given me dreams there raisng my temp burning off the bodys saratone an making me there life I hope its not a system for a dj to contue a freedom of speech if the goverment shuts them down an kicks in the door "an this just in "

    January 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  90. TX Nurse

    Would someone explain to me why, with all the technological abilities we have today, they couldn't create a NEW cable channel for this programming? I have absolutely nothing against Oprah or her new network, and wish her the best of luck. But I was an avid viewer of Discovery Health, and am extremely disappointed that they took away such a great channel.

    January 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke Gillette

      the facebook page "Oprah Stole My Favorite Channel, Discovery Health" is the place we are all expressing our outrage at this stupid decision to replace intelligent programming with fluffernutter!

      January 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  91. lizzy

    Uh, for those of you who want Discovery Health channel "back", the main guy running the channel is the one who approached Oprah about the partnership. It isn't like she did some hostile takeover.

    January 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  92. jasmine Jensen

    I enjoyed watching the show. Great for you Oprah. Its a feel good station.

    January 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Lori

    Not all cable providers offer fit tv and have no way to watch discovery health shows. I am not at all happy and will not watch OWN ever!

    January 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Songbyrd

    I love that someone (yes, even megarich Oprah) is putting out television designed to inspire and uplift. There is WAY to much negativity on the TV and in the media in general. And you know what folks, we eat it up. Until we stop caring if Jen is over Brad, or how much Jessica Simpson weighs, or whether John Travolta is gay - it WILL continue. Small minds discuss people, great minds discuss concepts. Positive media is a concept. What type of mind are you?

    January 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Nice try, but you got the expression wrong. It's "small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas". As Oprah is constantly discussing ideas as to how to assert greater control over everything she sees and how to increase her wealth, then sure, she has a "great mind". She also has an arrogant personality, a holier-than-thou style and a patronizing, controlling manner.

      January 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  95. beth trier

    Kind of disappointing. Watched a bit – but without Oprah, it is nothing much more than chatter. Too much chatter.

    January 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  96. p

    the show was very good and uplifting. this is going to be one of the best shows. she will be here for another 25+ years

    January 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  97. karen

    If its Oprah its got to be great!

    January 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  98. workingmom40

    I thought it was great, my favorite was the interview with Jay-z. I think I am going to really enjoy Master Class series. So glad I have a job otherwise I would probably watch the network all day, totally hypnotized and get nothing done! I love it! And the rainbow colored OWN is starting to grow on me...

    January 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  99. B

    Oprah and gail lick each other's butta

    January 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  100. t lynn

    I liked the behind the scenes stuff. the rest is pretty boring.

    January 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Lorie

    Hate that DHC is gone with it's programming. Will never watch OWN network. Checked the listings and it's Oprah all the time, some Dr Phil reruns and other drivel. I know Discovery negotiated this deal with her, but it was a bad move. People who loved DH are plenty angry over this change.

    January 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  102. YaHump

    This sucks just like all the rest of the mindless daytime dribble.

    January 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Kevin

    The O-W-N network and iot's founder Oprah Winfrey are designed only for those house wives who sit at home and do absolutly nothing, worst of all, they (the network) knows it and uses it. These will be the same suburban-ites who are "Shocked" thier kids are on drugs, and "Mortified" at how they missed the signs. But thats OK so long as they spend as much money "stimulating the Economy" by buying the creators "Favorite things".

    No true leader has shown up on her show, it's everybody who comes under the "Entertainment" Banner. She's completely sold out to her prime Audience, White suburban women with Credit cards at the ready.

    Wendy Willams has more appeall, period.

    January 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  104. pix

    Why take away Discovery Health? For goodness sake, WHY? Whether you like it or not, it could have had its own (ha ha) new channel. I want DH back!

    January 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Stephanie

    As an African-American I loved it...not just me but my African-American Facebook Friends did too...My husband now that was another story...he only watched selected shows..I think Oprah is on top of her game...this station is now one of my favorates as with any station you will tune in to see what is showing...Best of Luck Oprah...

    January 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Bet you did!!!!

      January 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • LaShonda

      well that was a racist thing to say, Stephanie. What does being african american have to do with enjoying a network? Do you think just because you're black that you have some "deeper understanding" sisterhood with Oprah? Talk about reverse discrimination.

      January 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  106. donye

    I want discovery health back!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Pete Peterson

    why isn't OWN in HD?

    January 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Robert

    Who is Oprah?

    January 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Doris

    What a piece of crap! I am so sick of Oprah! It's time for her to just retire. I'm tired of the pop-up ads for her network on Facebook, the front page of Yahoo and everywhere else! I checked the schedule and all of the shows seem absurdly torturous to even consider watching! Could someone please tell this egotistical, narcissist that it's time to get off the airwaves... once and for all! Ugh!!! I predict that by 2013, the awesome OWN network will be no more... Gale, please take her away!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Gordon

    Jennifer Mabry of The Root wants OWN to Black focus...I wonder why...when will all this Black and White crap end...Can't we just have Programs and Networks that present good information and not racially biased?

    January 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  111. L Weinstein

    This is just the beginning, and so there will be some deserved self promotion...I mean, she topped the charts for 25 years! If Master Class is any clue of what's to come, bring it on. At 58, to get to know JayZ, to download some of his songs, and on top of that, truly admire him, I love having my mind changed. Life is good.

    January 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      I am 50 and African-American and I feel the same way...I told my son I am lovin Jay-z what a great story I am looking forward to all the Master Class interviews...WOW that interview changed my mind also...I can't wait to see if Ms Rice can do the same...

      January 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Debbie

    I think it is great and kudos to Oprah for having the courage to go for it!

    January 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayley

      "courage"? Hardly. Courage is taking a risk when you stand to lose something significant. Even if OWN flops, she's still a billiionaire. No courage involved here, just arrogance.

      January 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  113. JamesR

    I hate to admit it, but I watched it all weekend.

    January 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Rich

    It's funny, all of the people criticizing it seemed to watch an awful lot of it. By the way things are going these days it would seem to me that we can all use a little more self help. We have gone from a nation of doers to a nation of whiners. As a 49 year year old blue collar man, I liked it. Thought provoking.

    January 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  115. BAMATOWN

    Go Oprah!!! Negative people are always around. never happy for you nor themselves.

    January 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Patti

    I know I will get alot of good information for my personal growth from OWN. Oprah is the best.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kara

      ... the best at self-promotion and arrogance, yes. She needs to go away already. 25 yrs of her was more than enough.

      January 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  117. matt

    this network sucks!!! For once, TV had a great network in Discovery Health, where people of science minds of even those meagerly interested in science could come and watch and enjoy, but now Oprah has laid her hands on this and transformed it....please tell me why this woman could not have taken over Lifetime, WE, or Oxygen???!? No, we had to take over Discovery Health....go away, Oprah

    January 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Heather

    I liked it! I admire Oprah for being courageous enough to do it. It won't be for everyone. But, it will be for some...just like sports channels that aren't for everyone...

    January 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Christina

    Not sure what to think–mostly self promotion all weekend. Wasn't particularly interested in any of the shows that were listed. I've had about all the self-help crap I can take and the rest seemed to be rehashed from other shows. I see that there is a Trading Spaces revisited type show coming up which could be interesting. Unfortunately it only seems to be scheduled to run during the day when I'm at work, so I guess I won't be seeing it.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  120. WSU_08

    Loved it!

    January 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  121. catt

    My family and I enjoyed Discovery Health. Especially my daughters who all want to go into the medical field. It was educational and informative. With as much money as Oprah has, I'm sure she could have invented her OWN channel instead of expanding her empire to include something that didn't need changed.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  122. justine

    I want Discovery health back!! I couldn't even watch 1 hour of this new station.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      I agree with you entirely. I started watching and was bored in about 1 hour.

      January 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  123. smiles5088

    I love it and plan on wathcing several shows, some of the reality is a liitle odd, but overall I can't wait to see how it progresses!

    January 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Brian

    Watched some of the channel this morning. It just is Oprah's Ego. Sheesh.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  125. coppy183

    I watched it off and on all weekend and LOVE IT! My daughter said that I could probably cancel all other tv stations as long as OWN doesn't go away.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Julius

    I want to watch it, but I ditched cable months ago because it wasn't worth the money, and everything I want to watch I can find online, but I hope it does well, I LOVE Lady O!

    January 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  127. B

    Oprah is deceiving you with the master class programming. Listen to the Alex Jones radio show on right now!

    January 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Upset

    We lost Discovery Health for this crap????

    January 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  129. B

    "Master class" part of the nwo agenda

    January 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  130. krud

    I am pleased that Oprah is offering some decent, quality programming.
    I am pleased that it doesn't seem to be geared for sensationalism but rather some thought-provoking, value-laden fare. Go Oprah!!

    January 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Sophie

    Hmmm. I love Oscar Wilde, and I liked some of the programming I saw on OWN over the past couple of days. Go figure.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Elaine

    My Daughter and I watched several shows this last weekend and enjoyed them all....not edge of your seat stuff but easy watching, relaxing and NOT football!!!!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  133. michelle

    watched it off and on all weekend thought it was depressing and made me cry sometimes I don't need anyone to show me how unorganized my life can be It is like watching a self help channel 50 to 75 year old women will like it that's about it Sorry I hope it gets better and the host of the all stars needs to stop talking over applause and guest

    January 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Dajour

    The network premiered as expected with a great lineup of shows ... its looking very very promising and I, for one am already a fan.... Go Oprah... !!!!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Name*Serg

    I think it will not make enough ratings and will be cancelled by 2012!

    January 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      I agree. You can't turn a talk show into a network. Even her biggest fans won't want to see her 24/7.

      January 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Jill

    I was hooked b4 I started watching and now, well on my way of being fully addicted... Love It!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kayla

      Too bad you didn't get a "life" for Christmas, Jill. Maybe next year.

      January 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Kristina

    I'd rather have Discovery Health back!

    January 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      I agree....... Discovery Health was such a great station. I hope they can bring that format to another station.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • needbiers

      DITTO!!!! A network based entirely on one person's likes is BORING. Definitely won't be tuning in.

      January 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DHwatcher

      I agree! I did find some of the programs from DH on FitTV, it's channel 466 if you have ATT.

      January 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.J. Juber

      Me and my mom agree we want Discoery Health back also.

      January 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lillie

      I agree with you Kristina! I loved the medical shows on "The Health Channel". What does all of this "Oprah" stuff have to do with health. Some of the old medical shows have moved to FitTV in my area. I'm also disappointed that one person is allowed to dominate one channel, 24/7. But then look what "money" can do!!!

      I'm afraid that the now new channel of OWN has lost a viewer. I will not watch it! It sucks!

      January 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj

      Agreed!! DH was a favorite in our house.

      January 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • namiller

      I agree think Discovery Health better thought programing was boring turned channel...

      January 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Miss Discovery Health

      I agree! Every time I was flipping through the channels and I went past Discovery Health and saw OWN I missed it. I hope a replacement health channel pops up soon. It filled a unique niche.

      January 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • porcupine

      I agree with you, I miss Discovery Health. I'm so over Oprah

      January 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • missingdiscoveryhealth

      THANK YOU! I'm in the medical field and I enjoyed the medical shows that were on there. But oh well maybe they will bring some of back.

      January 4, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  138. GingerTee

    One thing is for certain and that is no one puts a gun to your head to make you watch. You can easiily never turn to OWN or turn it off and the need for pointless digs goes away

    January 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  139. IMeanWhat

    What sad new reality shows do you think The Big O will come up with for OWN? Read more @imeanwhat http://bit.ly/h9ecv9

    January 3, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  140. Superhiro

    That must've been torture Mr. cheefsfury

    January 3, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury

      YAH MAN I JUST WANTED TO PLAY SOME CALL OF DUTY MY MOM GOT ME BLACK OPS FOR CHRISTMAS

      January 3, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  141. cheefsfury

    MY MOM WATCHED THIS ALL WEEKEND IT WAS PRETTY BORING SHE WOULDNT LET ME PLAY XBOX

    January 3, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      If she watched it ALL weekend, then SHE probably thought it was pretty good...

      http://www.argyletv.com/entry.aspx

      January 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • shura mckinney

      I LOVED IT...i spent most of the weekend glued to OWN . What refreshing shows and alot of them will hit close to home for alot of viewers. i certainly will be tuned in (when modern family isn't on ) most evenings!

      January 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy Weeks

      I was all up for the new OWN. What I did not count on was the same program being shown over and over again. You would have thought there would have been orginal programming all day on launch day. I would watch it a while and then go back and it was the same show. Normally I love Oprah but I was disappointed in the lst day of programming.

      January 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kirsten

      Great...another way that this self-important narcissist can tap into all the obese hausfraus who can't think for themselves and make a pretty penny. Give me a break.

      January 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      From what I have heard about the new network, your mom probably would have done better playing with an Xbox herself.

      January 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buy a TV

      Cheefsfury –> i do nto feel sorry for you. Why not buy a TV for yourself. What family today only has 1 TV in their house with the cost of them continuing to drop?

      January 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury

      UM I HAS A TV BUT MY MOM WAS ON THE 52 INCH LCD WITH 1080P THAT I HOOKED UP MY XBOX TO VIA HDMI AND I DONT WANNA PLAY ON MY TV CUZ ITS NOT THAT AWESOME AND IM ONLY 13 BRO SO I CANT AFFORD A TV

      January 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • GayleKing

      What family in America only has one TV?

      January 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis Wilson

      Unfortunately, Oprah abandoned her opportunity to make a huge difference in people's lives and has turned an opportunity into a negative. This explains:

      http://www.healthjag.com/2011/oprah-abandoned-the-most-important-contribution-she-could-make/

      January 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lillie

      I have found Dr. G and Untold Stories of the ER on FitTV, which if you have Time Warner Cable is on 171. I went ahead a week or two in the schedule and saw that Adoption Stories and the Baby shows will be showing. Now all I need to do is find Mystery Diagnosis and all is well.

      I will never, never watch Oprah again. I'm beginning to see just how full of herself she really is. I can't believe how people bow down to her! Hmmmm, I wonder if she or anyone on her staff read these.

      January 4, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Miss my shows

      @ Lillie – Mystery Diagnosis is staying on OWN. I don't have Time Warner so I'll have to look around to find Dr. G and the baby shows. I'm disappointed she got rid of every show excpet for 2 (thats what I heard anyway – Mystery Diagnosis is one of the 2). Occasionally I'll watch Trama: Life in the ER when my kids aren't around. I really wish the Discover Health channel could have just moved and stayed in tact.

      January 4, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |

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