Oprah gives one host their OWN show
Jan 06, 2011
The show starts Friday, but the list is already down to 10 finalists, all vying for the chance to get Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star. The series, on Winfrey’s new OWN cable network, will choose among a diverse crew, whose mettle will be tested by producing segments, researching guests and generating ideas, mentored by Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, Gayle King and other Winfrey pals.
Carson Kressley and Nancy O’Dell host the eight-week show, and the winner will get a minimum six-episode series on OWN, produced by Mark Burnett. The finalists include a wheelchair-bound travel bug, a local news reporter, a gay comic, an obese cook and an African-American minister, who hope to land talk, cooking, financial and variety series.
But Burnett says the competitive back-biting he’s used to on Survivor and The Apprentice is scarce, at Winfrey’s insistence. “There was no unnecessary roughness and unnecessary meanness for the camera,” Burnett says. “Certainly there were times where not everyone got along; without conflict there’s no drama. But it was all positive.”
Burnett, also behind TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska, didn’t have to be talked into the project: “If Oprah had asked me to ride a unicycle naked backward at night, I’d have said, ‘Where do I sign up?'”