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Apple Inks Multi-Year Partnership Deal With Oprah Winfrey For New Original Content

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In an effort to go head to head with streaming giants Netflix and Amazon, Apple announced today a marquee signing that will give it a leg up on the competition. In an effort to ramp up its original content portfolio, they have signed multi-Emmy winner, Oprah Winfrey.

Apple said the new deal will not affect Winfrey’s contract with OWN, the television network she launched in 2011. Oprah has a contract there till 2025.

In a statement, Apple related: “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world. Winfrey’s projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.”

As for how the deal will utilize the many talents of Oprah, it is expected she will have an on-camera role as a host and interviewer, and could be in some of her projects.

For Apple landing this deal with Winfrey and other big names will keep audiences checking out content on their iPhones and Apple TV, and potentially bring in more consumers who want to see the exclusive content from O.

Reports say that new deal with Oprah will include everything but the kitchen sink from: film, applications, books, and content that can be easily distributed across all Apple platforms.  Winfrey’s “Harpo Films” will apparently own any and all content produced under the Apple partnership.

So, what do you think of new Oprah content and programs coming to Apple? Comment below.

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I never saw Oprah as a big deal.
Daytime anyone was always daytime stuff.
I could care less about Oprah anything. And she seems from a past era lol
She had a great following I’m just of them.
And– I’m not an Apple fan even tho I have the touch iPod, New iPad, and had Apple phone but sold it got a much better Samsung.
I never cared for iTunes there are much better.

So- I won’t be tuning in but– however, all the Oprah fans that have Apple apps, enjoy 🙂

Lew S.
Lew S.

Ya did again Oprah! I don’t think she belongs to any particular era. She has proven herself to be very relevant today, with her involvement in film and television production. She is a highly regarded personality today as she was decades ago.

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su000

Oprah’s audience would definitely be by generation.
No one I know has watched daytime to have an interest in Oprah anything lol
Not everyone, especially the desired audience, most likely never tuned in to watch Oprah..

Most everyone has heard of her but still hearing of her doesn’t mean a fan or having interest in her.

She, her stuff will be playing to a select audience.
But– to all that watched her back then or her stuff on her network, enjoy.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Hi su000, Thanks we will!

Soapluv
Soapluv

Oprah has an amazing fan base. Women everywhere value her success and what it has meant for women in the industry. Ellen DeGeneres gives her props better than anyone when she talks about what Oprah has meant to her.

I love her achievements, her influence and the fact that she is the very definition of a Boss. The fact that she will own the content they develop via the partnership is a tribute to her shrewd savvy and excellent negotiation. Can’t wait to see what this partnership produces.

Oprah is the definition of fierce. She has set a prime example of the heights of success a woman, not necessarily cute, not petite and not a man could achieve with focus and hard work and smarts. I’m proud of her.

Shay
Shay

Just more of Oprah to ignore then……..okay!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Shay…EXACTLY!!!!! Thank You. Oprah is BEYOND OVERRATED and needs to go away…PERIOD!!!!!

Have a good one, Shay.

Shay
Shay

Thank you….and you’re most welcome, jaybird! Back in the day, I occasionally watched this woman’s chat show when there was a guest I desired to see, but beyond that, I’ve never understood the slavish devotion of her followers in “The Cult of Oprah.” Just always seemed quite strange to me….

Landry Allbright
Landry Allbright

I love Oprah!!!!!! I’m so excited about this.

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Next, GH’s Michael Easton (Finn) joined the show where he discussed the release of his upcoming 20th anniversary edition of his book 18 Straight Whiskeys, working on GH opposite Finola Hughes (Anna) and Jessica Tuck (Cassandra).  During his segment, Michael Fairman asked Easton to play a game show segment he prepared for him, which was called, “Michael, Who Said That?” In it, Michael Easton had to guess which one of his many soap characters was he portraying in the scene in the audio clip, and it made for one of the highlights of the night.

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Then, The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott) was our special guest in the studio.  Jason talked about Billy’s latest stumble back into his gambling addiction, Phyllis’ fling with Nick, and if Billy will be able to resist the seduction attempts by Phyllis’ daughter, Summer on upcoming episodes.  Jason fielded several questions from fans who called-in to chat with him during his segment.  As well, throughout the broadcast, several listeners were able to get through the busy phone lines to pose a question to our guests.

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The world continues to mourn the loss of the one and only, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died this past Thursday at age 76.   For some time, Aretha had been batting advanced pancreatic cancer.  The voice that meant so much to so many, and inspired so many female vocalists of today can never be replaced, and her songs and performances will live on in our hearts forever.

Over the last few days, television news programs have brought to us some heartbreaking, emotional, and uplifting moments from her dear friends: the incomparable Stevie Wonder, who shed tears while speaking of Aretha on the CBS Morning News, and with whom he went to see shortly before she died,  as well as Franklin’s longtime friend, Smoky Robinson, who spoke about his relationship with host Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

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This weekend, several tributes are on tap paying tribute to the mighty Franklin including those on TV One, and on OWN, with Oprah Winfrey’s Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Oprah Interview  tonight at 8PMEST.

But daytime fans were clued in to the fact that Aretha had a passion for the soaps.  She loved The Young and the Restless, and the character of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).  In fact, Aretha was thrilled to be asked to help introduce the Y&R Daytime Drama Series nomination clip package at the Daytime Emmys in 1997.  She expressed why she was superfan of the show: “I watch it in the morning. I watch it when I’m at home. I watch it when I’m in concert. I watch it when I’m asleep …  I watch it!”   And one of the main reasons she loved Y&R, was Victor Newman: “Victor is one of my favorite characters in The Young and the Restless.  I love the way he makes his approach to a woman.  He’s the all-time player.”  The ‘Queen of Soul’ even did her own impersonation of him.

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At the 2005 Daytime Emmys, Aretha presented the Outstanding Drama Series Award alongside Eric Braeden.  It was a thrill for her, and also notable for Braeden as he tweeted about his mishap where he accidentenly said, “God Bless, Eric Braeden,” when he meant to say, “God Bless, Bill Bell”.

Upon learning the news of Franklin’s passing, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Eva Basler (VP Communications for Bell-Phillip Productions and The Bold and the Beautiful) recalled on Twitter: “It was my first year at The Bold and the Beautiful & we were at rehearsals in NYC.  Aretha Franklin was on stage & looked down to the floor & screamed, “RIDGE! THORNE!” excited to see them in the front row. Later, I had the honor of escorting Susan Flannery & her thru the gifting suite.”

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The official show Twitter feed posted: “The cast & crew of The Bold and the Beautiful are sending prayers & good thoughts up to Aretha Franklin & her family. Some of our cast met The Queen of Soul, who is a huge fan of B&B, at Radio City Music in NYC Pictured here with Susan Flannery. We LOVE you Aretha!”

Throughout the last few days so many soap stars have posted their sadness on the loss of Franklin, and what she meant to their lives and to all of ours.

Now below, watch the two moments of Aretha’s from the Daytime Emmys were she talks her love of Y&R, and presents with Eric Braeden.  Followed by the emotional interview with Stevie Wonder on the CBS This Morning and then Smokey Robinson’s remembrances. 

Then let us know your thoughts on the passing of Aretha, your favorite song of hers, and how wonderful it was to know that this American treasure was actually a soap opera fan, just like so many of you via the comment section below.

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Brown is listed as a series regular for the new season.

Dynasty returns with all-new episodes on Friday, October 12th at 8PMEST.

So, what do you think of Kirby being back on the canvas against the Carringtons? Comment below

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