Hate It or Love It?!?! Oprah’s OWN Channel Debuts To Mixed Reviews

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Congratulations, For Discussion, For the Children

The maiden voyage of Oprah’s new flagship set sail on Saturday and although the expectations were sky high for the media mogul the critics aren’t quite ready to bathe her in praise just yet.

…Caryn James, the former New York Times critic who now blogs at IndieWire, wrote that the network had “a whiff of spirituality, a huge amount of life-style fluff, and a surprising layer of substance,” though she cautioned that the shows on offer–which include reality shows centered around celebrities such as the Judds, Shania Twain and Sarah Ferguson, as well as programs with Oprah stablemates like Dr. Phil and Gayle King–were not for the non-Oprah fans out there. James sounded an optimistic note about some of the more serious documentary programming to come on the channel as well.

Salon’s Matt Zoller Seitz committed himself to watch an entire day of the network. Zoller Seitz assured readers that he was not a fan of Oprah, and that he had begun his experiment by resolving not to “succumb to [Oprah’s] cult-of-personality Amway malarkey.” He had plenty of bile for some of the shows on the channel, and wrote that the will.i.am-penned theme song almost had him “weaving a noose from nylon recycling twine and scrawling a farewell note.”

However, he wrote, the channel slowly started to work its way into his brain, and he found himself starting to care about Jay-Z while watching an episode of OWN’s “Master Class,” where celebrities talk about their life and talents. By the end of the day, Zoller Seitz said, “I have succumbed to Stockholm syndrome and am making lists of clutter to remove from my own home and resolving to enroll immediately in a cooking class…damn you, Oprah Winfrey, and Happy New Year.”

The most negative review came from The Root’s Jennifer Mabry. She pronounced herself “disappointed” by the programming for OWN, which, she said, “seems content to follow the new television model of programming that exploded in the wake of the 2008 Hollywood writers’ strike: Find anyone with a heartbeat and a willingness to have cameras follow them during their ordinary day-to-day life, and voilà — we’ve got ourselves a TV show!”

Listen, nevermind these critics, Oprah didn’t make all that money by putting her name on some bullsh*t. The Miami Heat started the season on shaky ground too, and now look at them. Fall back and watch how this thing plays out…haters!

How many of you all watched the programs on OWN this weekend? What was your impression?

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  • Glok..Woke up this morning screaming,...Fuk Da World !!!

    IM NOT GOING TO TAKE CREDIT AND SAY I SEEN THE NWO IN THIS A POSTER DID YESTERDAY …BUT WHAT I DO KNOW ITS A PART OF CROWLEY BACKWARDS MESSAGE OWN = NWO FOR DAMN SURE..IT WAS IDEA TO DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THE CREATOR…YING & YANG TYPE SHIT,..MESSAGE PLAYED BACKWRDS IN SONGS COMES FROM HIS IDEA AND TAUGHT TO HIS DISCIPLE LIKE MJ, BEATLES ,HARPO..AND JAY Z!

    • ignoranceisbliss

      Don’t take any credit…Because it seems like you are OWN-ED by BS NWO

      Her name is Oprah Winfrey then network…OWN

      Your logic is common black folks nonsense that has kept black folks down and make those who hate blacks doing anything positive smile….Thank Uncle Tom we needed your pearls of wisdom.

  • ignoranceisbliss

    I don’t care about the critics I am super proud Oprah owns her own television network.

    • realdwn2erth

      DIDO! I’M WITH YOU, ON THIS ONE.. DON’T YOU JUST LOVE THOSE HATERZ.. THEY’VE PAVED THE WAY FOR OPRAH.. I SAY: KEEP ON HATIN.. HATAZ.. :):)

    • http://truth truth be told

      Just a waste of TV space. Better shows was on like Dr. G Medical Examiner. And she hasn’t pave the way for anyone racial Byo*ch she forgot she was black a long time ago. My kids don’t have straight A’s because of oparh they got it because they want to be more. Not some fake a** kisser. Be real, you forgot yourself………real life is not a fairy tale…………

    • GUCCIGREEN

      AND AGAIN WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE I AM VERY PROUD OF HER. IF PEOPLE ACTUALLY SAT DOWN AND RECEIEVED THE MESSAGE HER AND HER COUNTER-PARTS ARE TRYING TO GIVE THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND..BUT…NOOOOOO! HATE HATE HATE FOR THIS WOMAN”SHE FORGOT WERE SHE CAME FROM” TYPICAL BLACK B.S. HEY THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT DO YOU THINK SHE GOT TO WERE SHE IS NOW DOIN WHAT MOST OF YALL DO……FCK OUTA HERE.

    • http://truth truth be told

      @ GUCCIGREEN FOR ONE WHAT MESSAGE IS SHE GIVING? ALL SHE TALKS ABOUT IS B.S. AND @ KANAAN I NEVER SAID PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THEIR OWN OPINION. THAT’S WHAT THIS WEB SITE IS FOR. IGNORANCE IS WHAT YOU.

    • http://truth truth be told

      @ GUCCIGREEN FOR ONE WHAT MESSAGE IS SHE GIVING? ALL SHE TALKS ABOUT IS B.S. AND @ KANAAN I NEVER SAID PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THEIR OWN OPINION. THAT’S WHAT THIS WEB SITE IS FOR. IGNORANCE IS WHAT

  • MISS ME WIT DAT BULLSH#T

    I don’t care what anybody else does, to each his very own, as for me I will be supporting her network, and I think she has earned every thing she has gotten, may God continue to bless her.

    • MISS ME WIT DAT BULLSH#T

      And yes I did tune in this weekend, and it’s a work in progress I’m looking forward to the growth that she spoke about in the coming months, but I’ll always support her she is a brilliant woman, and for the life of me I can’t understand why such much negativity from black people where she is concerned.

    • http://bossip nelson

      All I want to know and can anyone riddle me this? What has Oprah done that was soo good and brilliant. She sits her fat a.s.s. on a couch and exploit other people, controlling their lives. Okay she gives a little but all that damn money what fcking choice do you have. Please name one-two thing that Oprah have done that makes you say ohh she is sooo great and don’t tell me sitting on a couch being nosy for 50 years. Far as I am concerned she is controlling the ma.s.s.e.s….and thats not good ( sad Face)

    • aqueenwaits

      Yup, u know dis!

  • OneSmartChickee

    Oprah does not tolerant, anything less than success. She always has a message OWN your life, OWN you goals. OWN yourself. This woman is a genius and in the mold of Harriet Tubman!!! Only the best for Oprah, she will not have it any other way!!!

  • I can't STAN!

    I can’t STAN this O bytch

    • realdwn2erth

      AND, YOU CAN’T SIT HER EITHER.. LMAooooo!:)

  • http://bossip nelson

    She won’t be getting my ratings for damn sure. I say no to propaganda. Look at her first episode or show, whatever it’s about celebrities talking about their lives. Chick please get some real news and info not that brain washing crap. Real nigas shouldn’t give a damn about a punk a.s.s. celebrity This net work will be some bs propaganda dedicated to telling you how to live yo life, what books to read, what to spend yo money on. Boom Oprah !
    @ Glok I said that shish on here first way last year. I been pa.s.s.e.d. that word soon as I saw it.On damn near every Oprah thread. We all know whats up ! Oprah is out to make robots and she can miss me !

    • http://bossip nelson

      Oh Glok it wasn’t a big deal. I guess I was just tooting my own horn ( beep, beep). Biting, I stay some where else spitting all yo knowledge lol. It’s all about spreading the other side of the truth, a different way to look @ things.

    • Glok..Woke up this morning screaming,...Fuk Da World !!!

      PLZ NELLY YOU SEEN BEYOND THE MATRIX LAST YR…UNLIKE I GIVE PROPS WHERE ITS DUE ,..NAW MEEAN?

    • Lovely

      @ Nelson maybe i did get it from you..but i do remember sombody saying it along time ago and it just stuck to me like *BAM!*

  • miamac

    Can’t speak for everyone, but if they are like me, I wasn’t sure what cable channel to find it on. I intend support my OWN (get it, own, lol).

    Are you SAVED? If you’ve ever wonder what makes people almost foam at the mouth in some church services, then you’ll love reading my book SAVED. Sometimes the spirit upon us ain’t from God, lol. Read how the footstomping sideshow of the gays oftentimes outshine the sermon. saved-miamac.blogspot.com

  • It's Kool...

    It seems like more of the same stuff we’ve already seen….nothing really new. I was hoping for something more fresh! But I still applaud her achievements.

  • http://www.naylandhouse.com www.naylandhouse.com

    I liked it and will continue to support Oprah on my blog

  • libpatriot

    Happy New Year…Everyone
    The anger demonstrated by those who hate Oprah is based upon the fact that Oprah seems to have little or no use for the male of the species. Those who think they should be the only concern of women. We must remember that the one brotha who was smart enough to win her favor is POTUS. Becky could not and would not grant that favor.

  • Allie

    I caught glimpses of it lol, but i wish she had launched her network earlier

  • NYC Gal

    I caught some of it this weekend. I hope she does well.

  • Oklahoma Lady

    I do admire Oprah, but this appears to be repeats of daytime viewing. I LEARNED from the Discovery Channel, and loved the medical programming. This now, is just the same ole’ same ole’. People we already see daytimes.Ruined the Discover Health Channel…😦

    • Oklahoma Lady

      I agree, her favorite individuals again & again. BORING!!

  • realdwn2erth

    wow! you can tell how Glok, cusses; that he’s a red neck/hunky!?:)

  • hot_1

    I like her new network, I think it will be another hit for her. I love what this woman has accomplished for herself!

  • Marquis de Sade

    Hated it! OWN equals Only Whites Network. Sellout Oprah network has nothing but fake white shows! If it was a Jewish or Latino owned network their cultured programming would reflect it. NO on OWN!

  • Mr. Cool

    Congrats to O. I love a woman who makes her own bread. LOL.

  • Iguessso

    Too many reality tv shows, but if that’s what you like, it would work. I’m kind of sick of the whole genre now.

  • I love love an Asian Man

    Some people must have simply forgotten that Oprah built and financial support a school in South Africa, and invest heavily there also. Oprah have donate GENEROUSLY to black scholarship fund and historic black colleges. But what have you given back!!!

    • http://truthornot truth or not

      F**k what you said and f**k South Africa. We live in America. AMERICA!!!!!!!!! So what she donate scholarships to black colleges.Kids got to get their first. Start with ELEMENTARY FIRST. I know kids in middle school who don’t know how to read because of lack of help and it’s a shame cause that’s why the kids drop out. @ I Love Love an Asian Man. I give back every chance I get. I’m one that reads with the kids and I work have two kids and a husband. No hate just stating the truth!!!!!!!!

  • Kanaan

    From some of these comments, I see that ignorance is still bliss.
    1 – Expand your vocabulary. You profanity is old, out dated and shows a lack of education.
    2 – Opinions… Others are allowed to have them. Don’t expect to write ridiculous statements and not expect others to point out how ludicrous your views are.
    3 – What is the average black person? I would love think the average black person is intelligent, hard-working, family oriented, loving person. When did we ‘All’ become ‘ urban’?
    4 – To someone of you, if you had a drop of drive and ambition like Oprah you wouldn’t be a negative/broke Blogger jumping from site to site making the same dumb and lame comments.
    Now let the profanity begin.

  • LR89

    For all who miss the shows that are no longer on Discovery Health because Oprah had to jus take it…if you have digital cable you can find your favorite shows on like Dr. G etc. on FitTv…which for me is channel 330.

    All is not lost!

  • BadGal

    Duh its because she’s black..

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