Oprah Branches Out Into the Night

The Queen of Daytime Television Will Take on a Nighttime Program When her New Network Premieres in 2011

When the Oprah Winfrey Network premiers in 2011 fans will get to see a new side of the queen of daytime, the nightside.

On Thursday, Winfrey unveiled around a dozen new shows planned for the Oprah Winfrey Network, including a nighttime show called "Oprah's Next Chapter."

For that show Winfrey will escape the confines of a studio and talk-show format allowing Winfrey to travel around the world.

Expected to air two or three nights a week, "Oprah's Next Chapter" is scheduled to premiere in late 2011. That will be shortly after Winfrey ends her weekday syndicated talk show at the close of its 25th season, a milestone.

A joint venture of Winfrey's Harpo Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc., the Oprah Winfrey Network will replace the Discovery Health Channel and be available in approximately 80 million homes.

On Thursday Winfrey assured her fans that not only would she appear on the 24-hour network, she'll also be guiding the network from behind the scenes.

Winfrey, 56, said her network is "a dream that I've been carrying around for years,'' explaining that with the network she means to "take what I've established in daytime... inspiring people and giving them hope and new cars, and build on that, 24-7."

More information about the new network can be found on the net at Oprah.com.

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