FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2009
CHICAGO — The Oprah Winfrey Show is giving viewers a sneak peek at its all new season, including the September 14 season premiere exclusive interview with Whitney Houston, in a two-day television event.
First, on Thursday, September 10, Oprah hosts a Season 24 kickoff party in the streets of Chicago, as a crowd of thousands joins her for a fun-filled, star-studded celebration, including a special appearance by three-time Grammy-winning group the Black Eyed Peas. More information is available at Oprah.com/party.
Then, on Friday, September 11, The Oprah Show features exclusive interviews with the newsmakers who had people talking all summer long. Correspondent Lisa Ling returns to the Oprah Show stage for the first time since she and her sister, Laura, were reunited, after Laura was set free after a 140-day detention in North Korea. ESPN's Erin Andrews speaks out for what she calls "the first and last time" about the peephole video filmed without her knowledge and circulated on the Internet. Finally, Father Alberto Cutié, often called "Father Oprah," opens up to Oprah about falling in love, falling out of favor with the Catholic Church and his new life with his wife and stepson.
The Oprah Winfrey Show has remained the number one talk show for 23 consecutive seasons, winning every sweep since its debut in 1986.* It is produced in Chicago by Harpo Productions, Inc. and syndicated to 215 domestic stations by CBS Television Distribution Group and to 147 countries by CBS Paramount International Television.
*Nielsen Cassandra Ranking Report - Nov'86 to July '99 and Wrap Sweeps, Nov '99 to July '09. Primary Telecasts Only.
Published on August 31, 2009