Oprah Winfrey (photo, from bbc.co.uk) will host a night-time programme on the cable TV channel she is launching in January.
Titled Oprah’s Next Chapter, the hour-long show will take the 56-year-old talk show star out of her usual studio “for conversations and travel around the world”.
The show will premiere on OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network) late next year.
Last November, a tearful Winfrey announced her weekday talk show (syndicated in 145 countries) would end in September 2011 after 25 years on air.
OWN is a joint venture between Winfrey’s Harpo Inc and Discovery Communications. It will take the place of the Discovery Health Channel and launches on 1 January.
A series of new programmes
The TV superstar said she wanted to “create a network that inspires our viewers and makes them want to be who they are on their best day.”
OWN said Oprah’s Next Chapter would be “a whole new kind of Oprah show” that would take her “from the Taj Mahal [to] the Great Wall [of China].”
Oprah’s Next Chapter is one of a series of new programmes annonced by the network.
Others projects include a talent search “to discover the next big TV personality”, a reality show starring country singer Shania Twain and a series of profiles of creative “visionaries”.
Among those already lined up to participate are Avatar director James Cameron, pop singer Lady Gaga and photographer Annie Leibovitz.
OWN will be available in around 80 million homes in the US.