OD’ing on OWN

Our writer watched a full day of Oprah Winfrey's new network, and she'd do it again.

It might be more simple, though: Iif you love The Oprah Winfrey Show, chances are you’ll love OWN. The end product provides the makings of a cultural voyeur’s dream come true, a platform for the exploration of contemporary social issues and answers to life’s pressing questions — like whether to take back an unfaithful husband and how to protect yourself from your handbag (before it transfers bacteria from bathroom floors to your kitchen counter to your food!). Plus, there’s plenty of camera time dedicated to those with whom the Queen of Talk is mysteriously and openly obsessed (notably, John Travolta, with his airplane, and Wynonna and Naomi Judd, with their matching, not-found-in-nature red hair and willingness to air their mother-daughter dirty laundry). 

There aren’t any huge surprises (aside from the planned ones, like the trip to Australia for the studio audience). Still, even the biggest Oprah fan couldn’t have predicted everything a day of OWN would offer.

There’s an unexpected chunk of the not-so-flattering side of Oprah on Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. It’s the kind of footage most of us wouldn’t dream of allowing to run if we had the last word, as she does: There she is, huffing at her staff’s efforts to present her with a sentimental video montage, because she “hate[s] surprises”; makeup-free and massaging her dog’s food with her bare hands before making a disaster of her own attempt at a smoothie; getting her hair done in a meeting with producers; looking tired and sounding like the kind of boss who makes you start dreading Monday on Friday afternoons.