No way, right? That was my first reaction when I read bits and pieces online about Oprah possibly canceling her long time TV show. After all, Oprah (the show) has become one of the most popular – if not THE most popular – talk shows all over the world.
As they say, though, if there is smoke, then there is fire. So what is the reason for this “rumor” going around? The Los Angeles Times reported that Oprah recently named Lisa Espramer as her creative chief:
The highly anticipated but delayed OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network will soon have a chief creative executive.
OWN said Wednesday that Erspamer would work with other executives to “create, shape and drive programming and ensure Oprah’s unique editorial voice across all platforms.”
If you think about it, this is the next logical step in Oprah’s career. She has been hosting her talk show forever and her “empire” has expanded to such great extent, that it is about time for her to have her own network. There are so many implications of this move, however, one of which is the idea that Oprah just might say goodbye to ABC and make her new network her permanent home. I do not blame people for thinking this – I honestly think that this has occurred to Oprah (if she has not decided on it yet). And even if she moved to her new network, I am sure she will still have the Oprah Winfrey Show there – if with some changes. If that happens, then her show as we know it today just might see the end.
What do you think? Is this a new era for the Oprah Winfrey Show?