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Oprah’s OWN network throws Canadians a bone: premieres Jan. 7 on W and Jan. 9 on Viva

In television on 01/06/2011 at 8:14 pm

If you’re a Canadian Oprah fan, you might be wondering where the heck to catch her new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), launched with such fanfare in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2011. Sadly – and this is just a reminder to close followers of this blog – you’ll have to wait for the Canadian premiere: March 1, 2011 on the channel now called Viva, owned by Corus Entertainment.

However, another Corus channel – W – will preview OWN programming Fridays, starting Jan. 7, and Viva will air highlights on Sundays starting Jan. 9. Below are Friday- and Sunday-night OWN preview schedules for the next couple of months.

But first: Wondering what the heck Viva is? It’s a little digital channel that’s about to get a whole lot more popular, I’d wager. Here are the coordinates on the TV providers in the Montreal area: Videotron 150; Bell and Fibe 526. Elsewhere, you’ll have to click here.

Here, now, are the preview schedules, courtesy of wnetwork.com and myviva.ca

Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the next TV Star
On W Fridays at 9 p.m. ET / On Viva Sundays at 6/9pm PT/ET
Ten contestants with determination, passion and drive were plucked from over 15,000 auditions to compete to get their own TV show on OWN. The series is produced by the legendary Mark Burnett and hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Carson Kressley who guide the hopefuls through intense challenges designed to see if they have what it takes. Guest judges include Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, and Gayle King.

Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes
On W Friday, Jan. 7th and Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/ On Viva Sunday, Jan. 9 & Feb. 6 at 7/10pm PT/ET

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” opens its doors to invite viewers behind the scenes for the making of the farewell season. Get an inside look at the passion, the pressure and the people that dedicate their lives to producing one of the most beloved shows in television history. See what happens off-camera as the staff, guests and Oprah herself reveal a side the public has never seen of one of television’s most popular and enduring series.

Oprah Presents: Master Class
On W Friday, Jan. 14 and Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET / On Viva Sunday, Jan. and Feb. 27 at 7/10pm PT/ET

Master Class offers an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the famous people we love, respect, and admire. Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, true modern masters step forward to share the greatest lessons they’ve learned along the way. In an intimate setting, they share their successes, their failures, their triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks.

Enough Already! with Peter Walsh
On W Friday Jan. 21 at 10  p.m. ET / On Viva Sunday, Jan. 23 at 7/10pm PT/ET

In each episode of Enough Already!, acclaimed organization and clutter expert, Peter Walsh helps a family get rid of the overwhelming clutter that is taking over their home and impeding them from living the life they want.

Kidnapped by the Kids
On W Friday Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. ET / On Viva Sunday, Jan. 30 at 7/10pm PT/ET

Can a workaholic really learn how to be a better parent from his or her own child? In this series, the kids are empowered to stand up to their workaholic parent and make a difference. It’s good-bye to cell phones and computers, and hello to family time… with the kids at the helm.

Miracle Detectives
On W Friday, Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. ET / On Viva Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7/10pm PT/ET

Two investigators – one a believer, Randall Sullivan, the other a skeptic, Dr. Indre Viskontas – will cross the country to uncover answers to mysterious incidents that transcend logic. Each episode features two separate investigations of a miraculous claim.

Searching For…
On W Friday, Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. ET / On Viva Sunday, Feb. 20 at 7/10pm PT/ET

Viewers are in for an intensely personal and emotional ride as cameras follow Professional Investigative Genealogist Pam Slaton and her clients through the step-by-step journey of “Searching For” a lost loved one. Each searcher’s story is vastly different and the unpredictable and emotionally charged outcomes range through joyous reunion, painful rejection, or tragic loss.

Denise Duguay

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