Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the operation will remain on the property for another two years. Winfrey taped The Oprah Winfrey Show at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.
Wednesday’s finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest-rated episode in more than 17 years, according to preliminary Nielsen numers. The episode delivered a 13.3 household rating in the nation’s metered markets. It was the highest number since February 1994.
For the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show taped Tuesday and airing Wednesday, the talk show queen appeared alone on her Chicago stage, talking to viewers about what they’ve meant to her during the show’s 25-year run.
WABC New York’s decision to fight back against afternoon talk-show heavyweights Ellen, Judge Judy and Dr. Phil by expanding its 90-minute local newscast at 5 p.m. by one hour to 4 p.m. has some ad buyers scratching their heads.
Oprah Winfrey’s last show, on Wednesday, will be the biggest such moment since Johnny Carson left The Tonight Show.
When The Oprah Winfrey Show concludes its run on Denver CBS O&O KCNC on May 25, McGraw-Hill’s ABC affiliate KMGH hopes to replace it in viewers’ minds with The Dr. Oz Show at 4 p.m. The station will move its 4 p.m. newscast to 3 p.m.
“Thank you is not enough, but thank you,” Winfrey told the crowd of 13,000 gathered at Chicago’s United Center on Tuesday night for Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular. “For your love and your support, thank you.” The crowd gave Winfrey a standing ovation when she first walked on the stage. Then the stars came out, with Winfrey’s producers making good on their promise of the biggest celebrities of movies, music and television.
It may be impossible for even a Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper to duplicate Winfrey’s success as the audience shrinks in a new media age. It could be years before any of the claimants emerge as Winfrey’s rightful heir — if at all.
As The Oprah Winfrey Show ends, with 16 episodes left as of May 4, her millions of fans around the globe are waiting to see how she will close out a show that engineered a media empire. Winfrey’s producers plan a star-studded, double taping on May 17 at Chicago’s United Center. The shows will air May 23 and 24, as Winfrey’s second and third-to-last episodes.
The doctor will replace Oprah on the CBS O&O beginning May 26 and will be followed by an hour-long newscast.
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were back in their hometown of Chicago Wednesday to tape an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The Obamas arrived in Chicago on Wednesday morning for the taping. Later in the day the president traveled to New York. The first couple is to appear […]
Bill Hoffman,GM of Cox Media’s ABC affiliate in Atlanta, announced Tuesday that Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m. will begin May 26, the day after The Oprah Winfrey Show airs its final new program.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle return home to Chicago on April 27 to tape an Oprah Winfrey show at her near West Side Harpo Studios. Obama overnights in Chicago on Thursday, in the city to headline three fund-raisers to benefit his 2012 bid for a second term. The airdate for the show is May 2.
With Oprah Winfrey readying for her May 25 sign-off, advertisers are being asked to dig deep into their pockets. The asking price for a 30-second opportunity to reach viewers on Winfrey’s final daytime talk show is currently at $1 million. Depending on placement within the show, some buyers will likely shell out even more.
CHICAGO (AP) — “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is shutting down at the end of the season, but the lights won’t be going out at Winfrey’s studio in Chicago. That’s because Rosie O’Donnell’s new talk show will be produced at Harpo Studios on Chicago’s West Side. Executives at Harpo announced the move on Tuesday. O’Donnell is […]
May 25 will be the last day that original episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show will debut. Oprah has been in reruns for the last few weeks. But Winfrey tweeted Thursday that she was “hard at work planning the final shows,” and new episodes would begin April 7.
The hottest Chicago talent search in years has come down to two winners: Ryan Chiaverini, weekend sports anchor at WLS, and Valerie Warner, the early morning news anchor and traffic reporter at WGN. Sources say Chiaverini and Warner have been chosen to host the live, local morning show expected to air at 9 a.m. weekdays in place of The Oprah Winfrey Show on WLS.
CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL star whose name became synonymous with dogfighting is scheduled to be a guest on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The daytime talk show host’s interview with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is set to air Thursday. Officials with Chicago-based Harpo Productions say the interview will cover Vick’s time in prison, […]
Oprah Winfrey scored her best ratings in nearly six years with Monday’s show during which Winfrey revealed that she had a half-sister she never knew. The installment of Winfrey’s daytime talker averaged a 9.6 household rating (according to metered market weighted averages). That’s the highest episode since Winfrey’s post-Oscar party installment on Feb. 28, 2005.
On today’s Oprah Winfrey Show, a sometimes-emotional Winfrey introduced her half-sister, a woman she identified only as Patricia, explaining how the woman’s years-long search for her family culminated in a meeting with Winfrey on Thanksgiving Day of last year.
Oprah Winfrey’s announcement that she will stage a surprise reunion on her talk show today has prompted speculation about the person’s identity.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama is going on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The White House says the first lady is returning to her Chicago hometown Friday to tape one of the last original episodes of Winfrey’s nationally syndicated talk show. Mrs. Obama will discuss plans to launch a nationwide campaign to support families with someone […]
Hearst’s Baltimore NBC affiliate will replace Oprah at 4 p.m. after Labor Day with Ellen DeGeneres.
Hearst’s Boston ABC affiliate plans to replace The Oprah Winfrey Show next fall with The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres will move from 9 a.m. to Oprah’s 4 p.m. slot, and WCVB will replace the morning show with Live With Regis and Kelly. And WHDH, which currently airs Regis and Kelly, will replace that show with a new local newscast at 9 a.m. (see story below).