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January 7, 2011 in pop culture news, tv ratings | Tags: Alan Sepinwall, Amy K Nelson, Bill Broiux TV, CEO, Christine Norman, Columbus Dispatch newspaper, Daniel Fienberg, Danielle Turchiano, Diane Sawyer, Ellen Gray, Eric Goldman, filibuster, Gayle King, Greg Hernandez, Jay-Z, Joe Flint, Kate Aurthur, launch, Maya Angelou, Mike O'Connell, Natalie Abrams, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey, OWN, ratings, Rick Porter, Roger Catlin, Rosie, TCA 2011 Winter Tour, Ted Williams, Tim GOodman, Todd VanDerWerff, Tom Freston, TV Critics Association, wish fullfillment | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | 2 comments
WHY OPRAH’S OWN SEES RATINGS DIVE IN WEEK #2
When Oprah Winfrey first announced the creation of OWN, she revealed she had once written in her journal “that one day I would create a television network, as I always felt my show was just the beginning of what the future could hold.”
Well, three years and $168 million later, we have now seen the future, and it is — extremely disappointing. Not just in the number of viewers who pulled the escape hatch after the first few days, but why they are bailing.
Who wants to watch more recycling than you’ll find at a plastic bottle processing center.
I’m not certain how this has happened given the OWN brain trust with Oprah as chairman, the amazing Tom Freston as top advisor, and the awesome Christina Norman, the CEO. The bottom line: OWN is a stodgy old bore.
Even worse, while they were forgetting Oprah’s own recipe for success, a quiet little Columbus Dispatch newspaper reporter went instantly viral with his story of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice.
Talk about dream fulfillment. Today Oprah told Entertainment Tonight she was thinking of ways to fold Ted Williams into OWN. Really? Doesn’t he have enough benefactors on his bandwagon. Instead, why not hire that unsung Columbus Dispatch reporter and give him a show to find the other jewels of humanity who are still living on the street or in makeshift tents?
Thursday, Oprah met with members of the TV Critics Association where some suggested she had actually staged a filibuster to avoid addressing real issues of OWN. Here are some of the questions tv critics didn’t have an opportunity to ask: Read the rest of this entry »