With all of the resources and talent of the Oprah Winfrey franchise behind it, the new OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) may be a game changing success as a new television network. Or it could be a fantastic failure--due to over-expectation, and a failure to deliver on the promise.
Based on the first lineup of shows, it is looking pretty good. There is the expected: Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Maya Angeou, Lisa Ling and Gayle King. And the unexpected: Wynonna and Naomi Judd, the Duchess of York (Fergie), Shania Twain, and Ryan and Tatum O'Neil. And, folks like Carson Kressley and Nancy O'Dell are thrown in for color.
Watch a full promotional trailer featuring snippets of the new shows here.
Winfrey is starting from what she knows best; makeovers and learning, peeking into the lives of celebrities, and aspirational moments for living a better life.
The network launches January 1. Here's the network's first teaser: