12 Things You Don't Know About OWN (Or...Do You?)
Posted: Tue 05/28/2013 11:25 AM
| By: OWNers Team
Welcome to OWNers, our new community
of passionate OWN viewers! OWNers will get "first-look" access to
photos, show clips, sneak peeks and more. You'll also be invited to chat live
with favorite OWN stars and be among the first to preview brand new shows—it's like having a backstage pass!
On that note, we thought we'd gather a
dozen of our favorite facts about the network we call home, the people who work
here, and what can be found just .1 miles away.
We'd love to know how
many you already knew about—tell us in the comments below...
- OWN is
headquartered in Los Angeles but has offices in Chicago, New York and Silver
Spring, Maryland (and yes, you can imagine which is the most popular in January).
- Calling all Melrose Place fans! The OWN L.A. office was used
as the exterior for D&D Advertising, the company run by scheming,
love-to-hate-her, Amanda Woodward (played by Heather Locklear—we still remember
- Today, The Family Guy production offices are
upstairs from the OWN offices and Ryan Seacrest broadcasts his radio show
across the courtyard.
- In 2011, an
earthquake that measured 5.8 on the Richter Scale rattled some employees—but
not those in Los Angeles. On August 23, staffers in New York City felt the biggest
earthquake to hit the East Coast in decades.
- Oprah says the seeds of OWN actually began more than 20 years
ago: "I wrote in my journal about creating a network for mindful television.
Stedman and I were talking about the state of trash TV and what I was going to
do, and he said, 'Why don't you own your own network?' And I was
like, 'Well, how is that possible?' Because it seemed impossible at
the time. But as I sat with the idea—own your own network—I thought of the
letters OWN, standing for the Oprah Winfrey Network. And I'm always looking for signs, signals, and so I wrote
that down in my journal that night, May 14, 1992."
Lifeclass has gone on the road four times (so far): The Peabody Opera House (St
Louis), Radio City Music Hall (New York City), Metro Toronto Convention Centre
(Toronto, Canada), Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (Houston). Where do you
think we'll go next?
- The highest-rated program on the network (so far): Oprah's Next Chapter, Sunday, March 11, 2012, (with Whitney Houston's
family, including her daughter, Bobbi Kristina). 3,498,000 million total
- During their
"diaper years," the Six Little McGhees went through 1,088 diapers a
month. That's 272 per week—36 per day—6 per child, per day. (Thankfully, the sextuplets are about to turn 3 years
old in a few weeks and potty training has begun.)
- Oldest OWN Stars: The Golden sisters Mary (81), Josie (73, oldest
twin) and Teresa (73, younger-by-30-minutes twin). Combined age: 231 years!
- Youngest star—TJ from Sweetie Pie's. He was born
during first season and turns 2 on June
- OWN LA staffers are .1 miles from the LaBrea Tar Pits. OWN New York
staffers are .1 miles from Central Park. OWN Chicago
staffers are .1 miles from Harpo Studios and also...a pickle factory (true story).
- Emmy award-winning Super Soul Sunday and Oprah's Lifeclass are
often taped at Harpo Studios. In the early 1900s, the Harpo building was
Chicago's Second Regiment Armory. (After the Eastland steamer capsized in
the Chicago River in 1915, the armory was used as a temporary morgue for
victims of the disaster. Today, some say the Harpo building is haunted by the
ghost of the "Gray Lady.") It
was later a roller skating rink called the Roller Bowl, and in the 1950s, the
building was used as Fred Niles Studios, where they filmed TV commercials with
Muhammed Ali; Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom was also shot at this studio.