Oprah Winfrey is trying to ease out of her twenty-five-years as talk show host by lining up her own replacement, but it’s not going to be Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz or Rachael Ray. Instead, Oprah plans to team up with reality television producer Mark Burnett to create a show that will give an unknown person the chance to live their best life in front of the cameras called Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.
The show will air on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network, of course) starting in January 2011. Burnett explained “Much in the way American Idol finds unknown people (to be recording stars) there’s no reason we can’t find someone who deserves their own show.” Except that, you know, regular people don’t have Oprah’s cred and won’t be able to stuff Julia Roberts, the cast of Twilight and a mini-seeing-eye horse who wears Converse high tops and can do backflips into one hour of programming the way Oprah is able to.
Casting calls are going on now and submissions are being accepted on Oprah’s website, so if anyone out there has the strength to endure a reality show that will lead to a short-lived talk show, now is the time to get on it.
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