Inside the Return to Williamson, West Virginia
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For Season 25's premiere week, Oprah and her team decide to revisit their landmark 1987 town hall episode. "Williamson was one of those seminal shows for us in that you were able to talk to real people regarding the most important health issue affecting our country," Oprah says.
Senior producer Jack is assigned to the show. As his team prepares to go on location, they must face critics in the town who aren’t ready to lay out the welcome mat a second time.
Watch Jack and a co-producer, Brian, debate the intention of the show.
"The worst thing in my mind that could happen is we shoot and bring Oprah and no one has an epiphany," co-producer Bridgette says. "I do not believe Oprah wants to have the same show."
When Oprah arrives, Jack tells her he's afraid the show may not produce enough for a full hour. "If it doesn't, we will have failed," Oprah says.
Watch how Oprah handles the technical difficulties
When the conversation continues, the team is disappointed that he does not apologize to Mike's sisters for the way their brother was treated in 1987. "It was just more of the same from 23 years ago," Jack says. "I'm in a full-blown panic. In my head I'm thinking these people just spew the same venom and hate and we've given them a platform to do that again."
Watch how it unfolds
By the time the taping ends it had run 20 minutes over. "In 1987, I left [Williamson] with a sense of he wasn't able to have his say, Michael, be able to have real closure," Oprah says. "This show did that for him."
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