Early on in Lindsay, OWN’s four part “docu-series” by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice, we see Oprah sit down with the former Mean Girls actress and ask her what she wants to get out of her experience.
“Just to be,” Lindsay Lohan says. “Just to be honest and open and just…me.” It’s a cringe-worthy moment in a show filled with cringe-worthy moments, made all the more cringe-worthy because you know how bad you are for watching it. But what Oprah says next, to the woman who just came out of rehab and who she just paid $2 million to shoot a documentary about, is even worse.
“Okay, because that’s my intention too,” says Queen O. “My intention is to serve as a path for you to be able to do that. And so if I know that’s what you really want to do, I’m going to call you on it when I feel like you’re really not.”
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There’s a moment in this preview for Oprah’s new documentary, Lindsay, where you wonder what it is that you’re watching exactly. Is this just another faux-concerned exploitative series about a troubled celebrity? Since Oprah hired Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice (and because she’s Oprah), we really don’t want to believe that this is another The Two Coreys, or Celebrity Rehab or even Living Lohan.
Despite the low viewership for Oprah’s OWN network, the execs have added a lot on their lineup for next season, including two Tyler Perry series: a drama called The Haves and the Have Nots and half-hour comedy Love Thy Neighbor. And so, so much more! (In case that wasn’t enough.)
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Bloomberg Businessweek digs into Oprah Winfrey’s difficulties with kick-starting her OWN cable network–a struggle she herself has described as “climbing Kilimanjaro.” OWN’s losses may be as much as $330 million, potentially forcing its parent company, Discovery, to take a write-off.
OWN has suffered what might be more significant than growing pains–its initial ratings were a Read More
We’re here to tell you just how to set your DVR before heading out for drinks or dinner–or just watching something better on TV!
We haven’t watched Rosie O’Donnell’s nightly show on the Oprah Winfrey Network–her humor, predicated always on a lot of Hollywood references, seems to have devolved into just saying the names Read More
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN project received $46 million from its parent company, Discovery, in the last quarter of 2010 and will get $50 million over 2011–on top of their initial $189 million investment. Oprah’s network has suffered from a great number of reruns–and lack of original programming–that have kept its earnings relatively depressed. As Read More
Last night WABC (ABC’s owned-and-operated station in New York) broke the story that Oprah Winfrey will be ending her broadcast talk show in 2011. She’s decamping to cable, where she will run OWN, a cable network, jointly owned by her and Discovery Communications.
The Oprah Winfrey Show is the most Read More
Christina Norman, the President of MTV, will step down at the end of February, according to Variety.
Van Toffler, the head of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, announced the news in an internal memo to staffers yesterday.
“News of Norman’s move came as a shock inside MTV, where execs typically exit Read More