Pre-show meeting

 

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Later that afternoon, the team meets with Oprah in her office to run through the scripts for both shows to make sure all products—including Jay-Z's book—will fit in the show. "I can make it faster or slower," Oprah says. "This is a dance. And what I don't want, ladies and gentlemen, is at the end of the dance to be told that my record played too long."

Watch Oprah imitate Saturday Night Live's Favorite Things sketch 

When going through the scripts, Oprah offers to rehearse on set in order to time the show. "I just need to be down on the set, people, and read this down on the set." 

The team is surprised and relieved. "Oprah doesn't like to rehearse things on the shows a lot. She likes it to be spontaneous," producer Caroline says. "But with these Favorite Things sets, which are so complicated, we're really glad she's willing to actually come down to the studio."
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