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Zach Anner's Own show promo: Go 'Rollin' With Zach'

14 November 2011 5:16 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Zach Anner won over the Internet as he campaigned for a slot on the Oprah Winfrey Network's "Your Own Show" reality competition, then won over Oprah herself as he took home the title. Now, it's time for the rest of America to fall in love with the Texan.

"Rollin' With Zach" follows the 27-year-old comedian, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around, as he pursues his dream of traveling the country. In addition to your typical sightseeing activities, he also goes rappelling and rides one of those crazy amusement park carousel/swing things that are way scarier than they look.

"For a guy who has cerebral palsy, I never thought I'd be doing this," he says.

Aside from his breezy, natural sense of humor, you can tell Anner is up for anything based on the sheer quantity of spandex and sequins he dons in the two-minute preview. »


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Nancy O’Dell to host 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala ceremony

13 September 2011 12:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news » Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell will host the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony at the Hollywood Film Festival, presented by Starz Entertainment, on Monday, October 24th at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. This marks Entertainment Tonight’s eighth year hosting the Hollywood Film Awards Gala which honors excellence in the art of filmmaking, as well as creative talent within the global creative community.

“I’m thrilled to help honor the tremendously talented artists at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards,” said Nancy O’Dell, host of Entertainment Tonight.

“We are very excited to have Nancy O’Dell join us as our host for this year’s gala. We are extremely appreciative of the ongoing support from Entertainment Tonight and hope the relationship continues for many years,” stated Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Film Awards Gala.

The Hollywood Film Awards launches the awards season. »

- Josh Abraham

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Oprah Winfrey has 'mixed feelings' over Carson Kressley 'Dancing with the Stars' stint

2 September 2011 3:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Oprah Winfrey has been described as having "mixed feelings" over Your Own Show host Carson Kressley's upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars. The media mogul is said to have seen how Kressley's participation in the popular ABC competition could help her struggling Own network, despite her alleged aversion to "desperate" and "foolish" reality TV formats. "Oprah has very mixed feelings about reality TV," a source told The Huffington Post. "A few years ago, when she was doing her own show, she didn't care for it at all. "Manipulating people who are so desperate to be famous and making then look foolish on TV is just not something she is (more) »

- By Daniel Sperling

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OWN Renews 4 Series, Orders 6 New Shows At Upfront

14 April 2011 7:37 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In its first upfront presentation since its Jan. 1 launch, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced the pickup of 6 new unscripted series and the renewal of 4 existing shows. The announcement didn't include the most anticipated new OWN series, an Oprah Winfrey show, which will launch in September, after the end of her syndicated talk show. The network is yet to share details about it, though it is expected to be a talk show. OWN has been slow out of the gate, barely outperforming the channel it replaced, Discovery Health. One of the most heavily promoted first new series, Your OWN Show, flopped, and Oprah Presents Master Class has underperformed. But the network found early success with Our America with Lisa Ling, the first OWN series to get renewed, and Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. The Judds also had a promising premiere on Sunday. Joining Our America on the list of renewed »


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Own Moves 'Behind The Scenes' To Sunday, Goes To 3 Nights Of Original Programming

8 March 2011 6:50 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

One of Own's two highest-rated series, Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, is moving from Fridays to Sundays beginning April 27, where it will be paired with Oprah Winfrey's Master Class. Behind the Scenes has been airing on Fridays with reality competition Your Own Show, which recently wrapped its low-rated run. With Master Class' companion on Sunday, series of specials Ask Oprah's All Stars, also gone, Own's two series featuring Winfrey, Behind the Scenes and Master Class, will now run together on Sundays. Own will go down from four to three nights of original programming - Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. When Master Class ends its season, it will be succeed by The Judds, a reality series starring Naomi and Wynonna Judd, which will premiere April 10. Own, which has been slow out of the gate, has two solid ratings performers, Behind the Scenes and Our America with Lisa Ling, which »


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Oprah cheats by giving letting both Your Own Show finalists win while viewers still lose

2 March 2011 5:16 AM, PST | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

The Oprah Winfrey Network's first competitive reality series, Your Own Show, ended its low-rated first (and thus probably last) season on Friday night with predictable ending: Oprah refused to pick between the two finalists, Zach Anner and Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco. She didn't even fake out one of them, she just said, "The truth is that both of you have given your heart, and the truth is that both of you really deserve to have your own »

- Andy Dehnart

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Zach Anner: From the Internet to the Next Oprah

1 March 2011 9:55 AM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Zach Anner’s journey to winning his very own show on Oprah’s Own cable television network and soon becoming the Winfrey of Generation Next hadn’t quite begun in 2008 in a convention hall at SXSW in Austin, Texas with an interview from yours truly about Anner’s mockumentary web series, but I’m mentioning all that as a selfish way for me to be able to say, “I knew the guy when...” Anner’s journey from Austin-based comic to cable television host actually began in June 2010 when he uploaded a video submission to be a contestant on the reality TV program Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star. 4Chan, Reddit, Jon Mayer, and then the internet at large almost immediately endorsed the video and championed Mayer as their feel-good TV host of the future. Your Own Show included a series of elimination tests, all of which Anner obviously aced, »

- Joshua Cohen

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Watch the Mighty Oprah Crumble Before Zach Anner's Irresistible Charms

21 February 2011 9:47 AM, PST | | See recent news »

After charming the pants off the intertubes with a crackerjack audition video, Zach Anner, a hugely likable .sit-down comedian. who just happens to have cerebral palsy, has advanced to the final round on Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star. On Friday.s episode, Anner experienced the ultimate Aha!. moment, coming face to face with the Divine Favorite-Things-Having Spirit herself. And how did he fare? Observe their encounter and judge for yourself. Let.s just say, tables? Consider yourselves turned.

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Own Pumps Up The Volume Of Original Programming In Pursuit Of Ratings Growth

31 January 2011 12:07 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

On Tuesday, Own: Oprah Winfrey Network will mark one month on the air. The network, which on Jan.1 replaced Discovery Health amidst a wave of publicity, is still work in progress,  Own CEO Christina Norman admits, but says it is on track to achieve its first-year ratings goals. To help do that, Own is doubling the number of new series offerings for February from the planned 2, Our America with Lisa Ling and What Would You Do, an acquisition from ABC News, to 4, including Searching For..., which stars investigative genealogist Pam Slaton and Breaking Down the Bars, which follows eight inmates in a women's prison in Indiana. At its launch, Own introduced 7 new series. Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, which follows the final season of Winfrey's syndicated show, has been the most successful one, more than tripling what Discovery Health used to average in the slot. But the other two shows carrying Winfrey's name, »


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Oprah's behind-the-scenes series: unexpectedly great television

28 January 2011 5:45 AM, PST | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

While Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star is a pretty weak competition series, the other major reality show on the new network, Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, is surprisingly great television. I rarely watch Oprah, but I find this to be fascinating; I'd watch an hour of it every day if I could. The show, which airs new episodes on Fridays at 8 p.m. Et, follows Oprah's daytime talk show's »

- Andy Dehnart

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Your Own Show is an Apprentice and Design Star knock-off that almost works

24 January 2011 5:04 AM, PST | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next Big Star is a weird show. It's The Apprentice plus Hgtv's Design Star, with the charm of neither show, nor does it have any of Oprah Winfrey or her philosophy. But it is still watchable and sometimes engaging, assuming you find the central challenge interesting, because it's repeated each week. As executive produced by Mark Burnett, the series emphasizes team-based challenges: each week, a team has to »

- Andy Dehnart

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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! Who Wants to Be a Baby Daddy?

20 January 2011 10:04 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Which Came First — The Chicken Or The Gay Dad?

Last week Out magazine published the results of their Love and Sex Survey and one of the most notable results was the very large generation gap between gay men on the subjects of gay marriage and having children.

While only 51% of those aged 36 to 45 want to get married, 80% of those 18 to 25 want to do so. The gap is even bigger when it comes to having children. While a whopping 70% of those under the age of 25 want little bundles of joy, only 31% of those over 25 are interested in changing diapers. Even though this is Out's first time doing this survey, I'd wager that even ten years ago, the gap wouldn't have been nearly so large.

Coincidentally — or not — this week saw the debut of USA's Fairly Legal, yet another show which includes an out gay man who is a dad. This comes »

- Michael Jensen

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

7 January 2011 5:27 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »


9/8c CBS

It's no laughing matter when a man in a full clown costume murders the owner of a bakery. Normally, a clown would be easy to spot in New York, but when the CSIs arrive on the scene they discover numerous men dressed in identical clown outfits. Back in the office, things aren't any merrier when Jo's FBI agent ex-husband (David James Elliott) visits. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star, the Cotton Bowl, Supernanny, Merlin, Say Yes to the Dress and Dog Whisperer.

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- TV Guide News

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Survivor producer Mark Burnett to me: "You ask such stupid questions"

7 January 2011 4:19 AM, PST | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

Please don't copy and paste this post into your message board or blog; link to it instead. Thursday night at a party for the new Oprah Winfrey network, Own, I briefly interviewed Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett, who recently produced Hgtv's Design Star and also has a show on Own called Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star, and the conversation did not go well. It was four minutes and 40 seconds »

- Andy Dehnart

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Oprah Winfrey Shares Her Wisdom

6 January 2011 8:25 PM, PST | | See recent news » Oprah Winfrey has been on television for over 25 years, but made her first appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour as the creator of Own, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Her mandate for programs is to encourage people, with the philosophy she’s brought to The Oprah Winfrey Show over the decades.

“After The Color Purple, I learned that God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can dream for yourself,” Winfrey said. “I try to live in that space that is the universe’s dream for me, the bigger dream. As you heard me say to Barbara Walters, my prayer is: use me. I see myself really as a messenger for a message that is greater than myself. The message is: You can. You can. You can. You can do and you can be and you can grow and it can get better and it »

- Fred Topel

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Oprah Winfrey's 'Your Own Show': Mark Burnett and Zach Anner address voting controversy

6 January 2011 3:56 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Ten people have eight weeks to become Oprah. But no pressure!

Oprah Winfrey launched "Your Own Show" because, in her words, she "wants to give somebody else the chance that was given to me over 25 years ago." Executive producers Mark Burnett, along with hosts Nancy O'Dell and Carson Kressley ("I'm Suze Ormond," quipped Kressley) stopped by the TCA Press Tour on Thursday to introduce the 10 contestants.

One of the contestants, Zach Anner, has been the subject of some controversy due to some of the online voting, but Burnett impresses upon us that that controversy shouldn't overshadow the winner of the online poll. "The true web celeb is Dr. Tony Roach," he says, referring to one of the contestants, a minister who looks to spread a message of self-esteem. "Because he won the online poll to find his place within the past. I can't really even remember what the issue was. »


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Oprah: Enroll in Suze Orman's Own 'Money Class'

6 January 2011 7:46 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Oprah Winfrey's mission to help through the magic of cable television will focus one prong of attack at your finances.

Own's "Money Class" (working title) featuring adviser Suze Orman is scheduled to kick off in the Fall. "Nothing can teach you more about who you really are, than your money" says Orman.

The series will center on helping people transform their current financial straits by identifying and then addressing the decision (bad ones) they've made and setting goals.

"Suze Orman is the rock star of personal finance, and her straight-forward advice will help people that are in need of a financial wake-up call," says Own Cco Lisa Erspamer.

Orman will also appear on "Ask Oprah's All Stars," premiering Jan. 9 on Own and as a guest judge on the Jan. 21 episode of "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star."

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Suze Orman to host 'Money Class' on Own

6 January 2011 7:29 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Now that she’s appeared on Ask Oprah’s All Stars, Suze Orman has earned her own show on Oprah Winfrey’s network.  Own announced today that she’ll host Money Class, a show that’ll help folks transform their financial lives. “Suze Orman is the rock star of personal finance and her straight-forward advice will help people who are in need of a financial wake-up call,” said Lisa Erspamer, Own’s chief creative officer.

Orman’s new show is expected to bow in the fall. She will continue to appear on the All Stars specials on Jan. 9, 16, and 23 and »

- Lynette Rice

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Own To Launch Suze Orman Series

6 January 2011 7:19 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

This is going to keep those SNL parodies coming - Own: Oprah Winfrey Network just announced new primetime series created and hosted by financial advisor, motivational speaker and television personality Suze Orman to launch in the fall. Tentatively titled Money Class, the series will feature Orman helping people with their financial problems. Orman is already on Own as a featured expert on Ask Oprah’s All Stars and as a guest judge on Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star. »


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Midseason premieres (on cable!): When to look for 'Big Love' and 'Justified,' and the debut of ... Tempestt Bledsoe on 'Clean House'?

5 January 2011 9:30 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Updated, 1/7: If a winter edition of Wipeout on ABC doesn’t bounce your ball, or if you’re not ready to commit to yet another cop show like Fox’s The Chicago Code, then the Henricksons are coming! The Henricksons are coming! Then again, so is more of Greek, Californication, and another edition of Clean House starring new host Tempestt Bledsoe (yes, really). Here are some debut dates for many basic and premium cable shows:

Jan. 1

Primeval (series premiere, BBC America)

Own: Oprah Winfrey Network (network launch)

Candice Tells All (series premiere, Hgtv)

Cash & Cari (series premiere, Hgtv)

Selling New York (season premiere, »

- Lynette Rice

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