Everything’s Coming Up Oprah with New Movie, Profits At OWN

Oprah Winfrey in New York this week (Photo: Getty Images)

Suddenly, Oprah Winfrey is back on top.

The former queen of daytime TV appears to have turned a corner in her campaign to remake her career — an effort that began two years ago when she ended her afternoon talk show and began working full-time on the development of the Oprah Winfrey Network, the cable channel better known as OWN.

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Just in the last few days came word that OWN is “cash-flow positive,” according to Discovery Networks, which owns half of the channel with Winfrey. The newly rosy profit picture — reported here in the New York Post and elsewhere — represents an about-face for a network that struggled for profits and ratings ever since it was launched on New Year’s Day 2011.

In addition, she’s starring in a new movie — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — about a long-time White House butler played by Forest Whitaker. Winfrey, 59 — who plays the butler’s wife in the movie — hasn’t acted in a feature film since “Beloved” in 1998.

Watch a “Today Show” report on Oprah Winfrey’s red-hot summer:
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Among the reasons OWN has perked up in recent months: High-profile, exclusive interviews on Oprah’s own show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” including Lance Armstrong and, last winter, David Letterman. And she’ll soon have the first post-rehab interview with Lindsay Lohan.

Oprah was in New York this week promoting “The Butler.” Watch her on Thursday’s “Letterman” show:
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