OWN Oprah Winfrey Network January 2012 Highlights and Previews

Time to get the DVR programmed and tune in for some enlightening and inspirational TV courtesy of OWN.

The Oprah Winfrey Network January 2012 Highlights are here:


(P) Denotes: Premieres

“Oprah’s Next Chapter”

Sneak Peek: Oprah's Next Chapter

Get a sneak preview of Oprah's new primetime series, Oprah's Next Chapter. See where she's going, who she's meeting and what adventures await in Season 1. Tune in January 1, 2012, at 9/8c for a two-hour premiere event featuring Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

Series Premiere - Sunday, January 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (Two-hour premiere)

In this new, weekly, primetime series, Oprah steps outside of the studio for riveting, enlightening in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families.  During the first season, Oprah visits Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler at his home in New Hampshire, journeys to Haiti with Sean Pennnearly two years after the devastating earthquake that took the lives of more than 300,000 people, tours Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas as her personal guide, has a slumber party at Southern chef Paula Deen’s Georgia estate and travels to a small town in Iowa devoted to the practice of Transcendental Meditation.

(P) Sunday, January 1 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Steven Tyler

Oprah's exclusive two-hour interview with legendary Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as he reflects on his rock star life: his love affairs, his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, his family, and his experiences as a judge on "American Idol."

(P) Sunday, January 8 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Joel Osteen

Oprah travels to Houston, Texas to meet America's most influential spiritual leader Pastor Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria.  Oprah attends his mega-church service and visits him at home to talk about faith, marriage, power and ego.

(P) Sunday, January 15 (9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: George Lucas

Oprah travels to the world famous Skywalker Ranch to visit "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and his girlfriend, Mellody Hobson.  Oprah also sits down with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard, the stars of Lucas’ new film "Red Tails."

(P) Sunday, January 22 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Paula Deen

Oprah, along with Gayle King, visit Southern chef Paula Deen at her Georgian estate.

(P) Sunday, January 29 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Sean Penn in Haiti

Oprah travels to Haiti for the first time to explore the country and meet with Sean Penn, visiting the J/P Haitian Relief Organization Camp he founded following the devastating earthquake that struck in January 2010.

“Extreme Clutter”

Sneak Peek: Peter Walsh Takes on Extreme Clutter in Season 2 of his OWN Series!

In every neighborhood lives someone who is hiding a big secret -- they are buried up to their necks in clutter. In season 2 of his OWN series, Extreme Clutter, Peter Walsh will help people struggling with hoarding face the truth in order to live their best lives. Watch this sneak peek and tune in for the 2-night premiere event of Extreme Clutter, beginning on Sunday, January 1st at 11/10c. Only on OWN!

Two Night Season Premiere - Sunday, January 1 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and Monday, January 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (60 minutes)

Each week, organization expert Peter Walsh encounters the biggest, most extreme problems he has ever seen as he continues his mission of helping families whose lives have been dramatically affected by the overwhelming presence of clutter. Using his step-by-step process, Peterguides families through the emotional journey of overcoming their attachment to material items. 

He pinpoints the root of their problem, and provides them with practical tools to live a clutter-free life.  In season two, Peter takes a look at specific themes associated with disorganization and clutter including: overcoming the temptation to shop for good deals, clutter related to broken relationships, the impact clutter has on families and kids, and how to move forward and let go of items after the loss of a loved one.

(P) Sunday, January 1 (11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: Buried in Denial

Kym Foley is in denial about her clutter problem.  She will not let anyone into her home so her friends call in Peter for an intervention.  Kym will prove to be one of Peter's most extreme challenges yet.

(P) Monday, January 2 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Beyond Addiction

Actress Mackenzie Phillips' clutter is deeply rooted in years of addiction, a difficult relationship with her father and estrangement from her sisters.  Unless she deals head on with the things that cause her pain, she may never move beyond her cluttered past.

(P) Monday, January 9 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Addicted to Shopping

Stacy is a shopaholic, and she’s dragging her husband, Michael, and their two kids into a dangerous cycle of clutter and debt.

(P) Monday, January 23 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: A Double Intervention

It’s a double intervention as Peter steps in to help Peggy and her daughter, Demee, dig out from a massive amount of clutter and family tragedy.

(P) Monday, January 30 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: My Secret Clutter - Finale

From the outside, Leeann is a supermom that appears capable of handling just about anything.  But she is hiding a secret clutter problem where no one would imagine...in an airplane hangar.

“America’s Money Class with Suze Orman”

Series Premiere - Monday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (60 minutes) 

Each week, Suze delivers a master class on money in front of a live studio audience, answering questions in-person and via video conference, as she offers her unique no-nonsense approach and provides solutions that empower everyone to own their financial future.  Some of Suze’s topics include the most common money mistakes, surviving financial infidelity, prioritizing debt, buying and selling real estate, learning to talk about money matters with your family, how to get control of spending, what to look for in a loan, where you should invest and Suze will also give viewers a chance to win up to $50,000 when they take her final exam at the end of thefinale episode.  The series will also feature an online companion class on Oprah.com/MoneyClass with financial resources, interactive opportunities with other students and Suze's coveted financial kits as free giveaways.

(P) Monday, January 9 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Money Secrets Revealed

Class #1: Erase your debt forever; steps to buy a home; what to know if you're losing your home.

(P) Monday, January 23 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Money & Family

Class #2: Four must-have documents to protect your family's future; the cost of having a baby; number one way to plan for retirement.

(P) Monday, January 30 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Recovering From Financial Disaster

Class #3: Avoid financial scams; how to save thousands a year; landing your dream job.

“Beyond Belief on OWN”

Network Premiere - Tuesday, January 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (60 minutes)

"Beyond Belief on OWN" explores stories of wonder, mysteries and miracles delving into the unknown and unexplained. The stories inside the series will make you question what you already believe and pose such questions as: Can this be real? Can that really happen? How did they survive? Was it a miracle? Are there really people who can accurately predict the future? What is life like on the other side? Is it possible to communicate with the dead?

Hosted by New York Times Best-selling author and Army combat veteran Wes Moore, the series takes viewers on a spellbinding journey into the lives of ordinary people who have lived through remarkableexperiences. ABC News’ team of award-winning journalists including Elizabeth Vargas, Bob Woodruff, Jay Schadler, Bill Weir and JuJu Chang bring viewers jaw-dropping stories from around the world and our own backyard. In this hour-long magazine format, we’ll meet remarkable children, unlikely heroes, telepathic twins, super humans – athletes and artists, soldiers – as well as look into the mysteries behind the Virgin Mary and what people see when they have been on the other side.

(P) Tuesday, January 24 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Unlikely Heroes

Sometimes acts of heroism come as the response to the most unbelievable turn of events. In this episode, a three-foot rocket lodges in the abdomen of a U.S. soldier turning him into a human bomb. Also, two families set out to whale watch in Mexico and find themselves risking their lives to save a dying whale from a fisherman's net.

(P) Tuesday, January 31 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Miracles

Two athletes in prime physical condition survive brutal falls during training.  They shouldn’t be alive to tell their tales, but in this hour viewers will hear about their death-defying experiences first-hand.  Doctors can’t explain how they cheated death and only describe it as a miracle that saved them or an unbroken chain of mysterious events.


“The Rosie Show”

Monday-Friday (7-8 p.m. ET/PT)

A daily talk show hosted by Emmy® Award-winning actress and comedian, Rosie O'Donnell.  The show features Rosie's hilarious take on current events, celebrity and humaninterest guests, comedy and games, live performances by top artists and a behind the scenes look at Rosie - and her staff - as she settles into a new city and embarks upon a new chapter in her life.

For additional show information and content, please visit: www.rosie.com

“Super Soul Sunday”

Sneak Peek: "Super Soul Sunday" on the Search for Beauty

You might be surprised to know actor Rainn Wilson—yes, Dwight Schrute from The Office—is the force behind the Sunday morning staple, SoulPancake! This week, he and Oprah ponder life's big questions. Then, SoulPancake helps you find beauty in unexpected places. Also, you'll meet the plant whisperer, Pearl Fryar, in the delightful documentary, A Man Named Pearl. Watch a sneak peek now!

Sundays (8 a.m.-11 a.m. ET/PT)

Designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them, programs featured in “Super Soul Sunday” include never before seen episodes of “Oprah’s Soul Series,” a series of in-depth, one-on-one conversations between Oprah and some of the most fascinating authors, thinkers and spiritual leaders of our time, uplifting feature-length documentaries, short-form content from Soul Pancake (the production company co-founded by “The Office’s” Rainn Wilson) and more.  Exploring themes and issues including happiness and personal fulfillment, wellness, spirituality and conscious living, these programs present an array of perspectives on what it means to be alive in today’s world.

(P) Sunday, January 1 (8-11 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: What’s Right in the World

Oprah interviews Hollywood heavy-hitter Tom Shadyac (filmmaker behind “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Bruce Almighty” and “Patch Adams”) about why he left his Beverly Hills lifestyle behind for a more simple authentic life.  Then, it’s the television premiere of Shadyac’s film “I Am,” followed by the boy Oprah couldn’t forget. 

“Home Made Simple”

Sundays (11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET/PT)

Each week host Paige Davis (“Trading Spaces”) and her team of experts meet a couple who find themselves stuck in their quest of making over a room, tackling a big party or planning a once-in-a-lifetime event.  Whether our couples are married, best friends, sisters or mother/daughter, our host and experts guide them through a series of projects and recipes as they build to the big reveal. With the clock ticking as they try to complete their transformations, our dynamic team is there to help simplify tasks and show our couples short cuts so they can live their best lives.

(P) Sunday, January 1 (11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Graduating from the Frat House to a Real Home

Young couple Courtney and Danny are stuck between childhood and adulthood with a dorm-like living room.  Host Paige Davis and the experts help them transform their cluttered space into an eclectic room as they surprise their family with an adult dinner party.

(P) Sunday, January 8 (11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Overwhelmed Parents Give Ultimate Payback

Host Paige Davis and her experts help create a guest room for the Martinez family who have been overwhelmed since the birth of their twins and have been relying on the help of grandma who stays the weekends as they play catch up. 

“Facing Trauma”

Tuesdays (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)

“Facing Trauma” follows the work of Dr. Andrew Jacono, a world-class facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who has made it his mission to serve the victims of devastating acts of domestic violence and crime as well as senseless accidents.  Part case study, part survival journey, “Facing Trauma” chronicles the harrowing stories of women who have been left disfigured from violent circumstances, as they struggle to reconstruct their lives both physically and emotionally.

(P) Tuesday, January 3 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Evelyn/Ashley

Dr. Andrew Jacono offers his services to two women who suffered from tragic attacks.  Evelyn, a young Ugandan woman, was brutally wounded by a bomb, and Ashley was shot in the back by her ex-husband.

(P) Tuesday, January 10 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Sharon/Christine - Finale

Dr. Andrew Jacono, uses his talents to help two victims of vicious attacks.  Christine was disfigured by the chemicals that her stepfather threw on her, and Sharon was attacked by her jealous husband.

(P) Tuesday, January 17 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Kristie/Taya/Ilianexy

Attacked during her sister's murder, Kristie lives with scars on her neck, which constantly reminder her of that tragic day.  Taya was born with an eye defect due to the abuse her mother suffered while she was pregnant.  Ilianexy barelysurvived an assault from a jealous boyfriend, which left her face permanently scarred.   Dr. Andrew Jacono will repair their damage and help them forget the past.


“Louder Than a Bomb”

Premieres - Thursday, January 5 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT)

Humanitas Prize-winning “Louder Than a Bomb” tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam poetry contest.  The film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable teenagers, exploring how writing and performing shapes their world.

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