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Five new shows announced for Oprah's OWN network

April 8, 2010 |  9:45 am

Oprah Winfrey has timed the launch of her new TV channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, for Jan. 1 -- perfect to tap into all those new year's resolutions and the wishful thinking that comes with the start of a new year.

The network on Thursday announced five new original series in addition to 10 announced previously. Along with Oprah's own new one-hour show, "Oprah's Next Chapter," OWN will bring Oprah BFF Gayle King's radio program to TV with the daily talk show "Gayle King Live!"

Not surprisingly, the network has its share of inspiring fare, such as "Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind," a weekly glimpse inside the artistic processes of figures such as James Cameron, Lady Gaga and Tom Ford, as well as "Why Not? with Shania Twain," a one-hour series about the singer's life after the breakup of her marriage. Oprah also jumps full-on into the reality genre with "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star," for which OWN is teaming up with Mark Burnett.

Previously announced OWN series include "Oprah Presents: Master Class," in which Oprah chooses a slate of big names (Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Bono and Condoleezza Rice among them) to offer some life lessons; a female-prison show called "Breaking Down the Bars"; "Enough Already" featuring decluttering expert Peter Walsh; a sex and relationship series, "In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman"; and "The Miracle Detectives," which pits a skeptic and a believer against each other in an exploration of an amazing event.

As a way to say goodbye to her current talk show, the network will also air "Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final Season." 

-- Joy Press