“The Oprah Winfrey Show” is an American syndicated talk show, hosted and produced by its namesake Oprah Winfrey. The Oprah Show is the highest-rated talk show in American television history, and it airs (last airing May 25, 2011) on most ABC-owned stations in the United States as well as various other stations through CBS Television Distribution, successor to King World.
Early episodes of the show followed a Phil Donahue-style approach of sensationalistic social issues, but Oprah eventually transformed her series into one with another image. Her show became one of a more positive, spiritually uplifting experience by featuring book clubs, celebrity interviews, self-improvement segments, and philanthropic forays into world events.
As of 2011, it is one of the longest-running daytime television talk shows in the United States. It has run nationally since September 8, 1986 for over 24 seasons and over 5,000 episodes.
The show’s last original episode will air on May 25, 2011, with reruns continuing until September 9, 2011.
However, Oprah fans, this will not the last you see of Oprah…
“OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network” is an American specialty channel owned by Harpo Productions and Discovery Communications. It debuted on January 1, 2011 in approximately 80 million homes, replacing the former Discovery Health Channel.
OWN programming includes a mix of original programs, strips, specials, original documentaries and acquired movies. OWN transmits broadcasts in both standard-definition resolution and high-definition resolution.
On March 2, 2011 Dish Network announced it would be the first television provider to broadcast OWN in HD.
Enjoy some of the celebrity guest photos from Oprah’s last show (its taping), called simply, Surprise Oprah!