Oprah Winfrey has now officially found a way to make 25 years of her own talk-show clips feel new again.
Speaking on Friday at the annual Television Critics Association event, Winfrey proclaimed that she would be using some of her archived footage from her landmark daytime show for a new OWN program entitled “Own Your Life” — meaning that most of the footage she plans on unearthing will be of the inspirational variety. (Sorry, people who wanted to see funny interviews or her giving away cars a hundred times.)
While in theory this idea sounds like a smart one, there is one question that we have to inevitably ask on the subject — are people really going to want to sit down and watch footage they may have already seen once before? The biggest struggle for OWN has been finding a way to convince viewers to visit the channel on a regular basis, and not bringing anything necessarily new to the table may not be the proper manner in which to do that.
Can you see “Own Your Life” being a succes — or, like many of Oprah’s other projects on the network so far, do you think that this will ultimately end up being a little bit underwhelming?