Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) went on air January 1, 2011. This review is based on watching the network for just a few days. While will be interesting to see how the TV Station evolves, I believe it is also important to comment on the infant stages of this new Cable TV Station.
OWN TV is available through your cable TV channel near you in most areas. To find out what channel if is on, you can go to the Oprah Winfrey Network Website and do a search. While you are on the website, you can peruse to offerings that are available now or will soon be available through the OWN channel.
I have managed to catch quite a few shows on OWN. I have seen two episodes on “Master Class”, featuring Diane Sawyer and Jay Z. I have seen “Meet the Miracle Detectives”. I have seen “In the Bedroom” with Dr. Laura Berman. I have seen “Oprah Behind the Scenes” episode 1 and 2. I have also seen “Enough Already”. In addition to that, I have seen numerous previews of other shows such as “Ask Oprah’s All Stars”, “The Gail King Show”, and “Your OWN Show”.
My first impression is that the shows, for the most part are pleasant and uplifting. I love Master Class where successful people talk about the trial and tribulations that brought them to success. I actually watched Jay Z’s story numerous times, because I am fascinated by stories when so much is stacked against a person, and it doesn’t stop them. “Enough Already” was a more therapeutic version of the Style Network’s “Clean House”, but without all of the drama and camera hogging. These shows, and Oprah behind the scenes which is intriguing (for now) has helped to keep my TV on the OWN channel for a good portion of 3 days.
There are some shows on the OWN Network that I was not crazy about. Dr. Laura Berman’s show “In the Bedroom” seemed to move to fast to make any long term change in the couple’s life. I feared embarrassment, and relapses for the couple that were brought through what seemed to be sexual dysfunction in their marriage. The other thing that got on my skin a little was that it seemed Oprah is doing a lot of commercials and summaries in these TV shows (especially Master Class). Like her magazine, is she really going to appear in every episode? It could get old.
Over all, I do have good feelings about the network. It reminds me about the early days of HGTV where there was a good balance of cooking, lifestyle, crafts, and inspiration. (Now HGTV seems to be about personalities and big houses.)