Oprah Lines Up A-Listers for Her OWN Network

Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for AFI)

Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for AFI)

To program her new cable network, Oprah Winfrey is working her all-star contact list. OWN will feature documentaries produced by celebs including Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Gabriel Byrne and Mariel Hemmingway, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is scheduled to launch next year, replacing Discovery Health, now available in 80 million homes on cable line-ups.

“All of these documentaries fundamentally explore human interaction, relationships and emotions,” Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer of OWN, said in a statement. “We’re excited to provide viewers with new perspectives and new ways of looking at core themes that shape and affect their lives.”

~Roberts will executive produce ‘Extraordinary Moms,’ about mothers who have made an impact.

~Whitaker, who has previously produced dozens of movies and directed ‘Hope Floats‘ among others, will present ‘One Last Shot,’ about the Angola prison in Louisiana where inmates care for dying fellow cons in the hospice wing.

~Hawn‘s project is ‘Searching for Happiness,’ about positive psychology. Byrne will document homelessness in Nashville in ‘Tent City.’

~Hemingway, whose grandfather Ernest Hemingway famously killed himself, will examine her family’s suicide history in ‘Seven Suicides.’

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Network executives have previously announced that the Queen of Daytime herself will host ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter,’ a one-hour interview series. ‘Survivor‘ producer Mark Burnett is producing a reality show searching for a TV host and official O BFF Gayle King will host a live interview show.

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