TVLine Items: Oprah's Last Hurrah, Grey's Actor to Game Change, and Other TV News to Know

Any loyal viewer of OWN’s Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes knows that daytime’s departing queen hates surprises. However, she’s given her Oprah Winfrey Show crew creative control over two of her final three episodes, so she best prepare for some shock and awe.

Promising “some of the biggest names in movies, music and TV” for Oprah’s penultimate installments, executive producer Sheri Salata previews, “In the spirit of our farewell season, she is making a rare exception [to allow for surprise], and we intend to make the most of the opportunity. It will be something to see!”

The two-part “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” will air Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, with the series finale locked in for Wednesday, May 25. Ready those hankies now!

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• HBO’s political flick Game Change continues to round out its already stellar cast, adding Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) as John McCain’s senior campaign adviser and Peter MacNicol (Grey’s Anatomy) as the senator’s campaign manager, says Deadline.

• As TVLine told you last week, Weeds‘ Nancy Botwin is in some serious trouble with the law when the Showtime dramedy returns for its seventh season on June 27. Just look at EW.com‘s first look promotional photo for further proof.

• NBC is said to be eyeing a 22-episode TV series based on John Grisham’s 1991 novel, The Firm. The pilot reportedly picks up 10 years after the 1993 big screen film (starring Tom Cruise) left off, with Mitch McDeere having just emerged from the Federal Witness Protection Program.

• Lifetime has signed a multi-project development deal with Demi Moore. As part of their agreement, the cabler has picked up The Conversation, an interview series hosted by British TV personality Amanda de Cadenet.

Which TVLine Items have you talking today?



Comments (7)

  • Really? You equate Peter MacNicol with Grey’s? I know it’s his most recent gig, but come on. Numbers? Ally McBeal? Or what about a show where he played an actual political advisor, like 24?

    Comment by Sam – April 28, 2011 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Peter MacNicol should for the rest of his life be referred to as Peter (DragonSlayer) MacNicol.

      Comment by Tego Livi – April 29, 2011 07:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • good riddance Winfrey

    Comment by ransi – April 28, 2011 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know! Don’t you hate it that she Clockwork Oranged your @$$ and forced you to watch her show for the last 25 years? She’s evil!

      Comment by John Berggren – April 28, 2011 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Because she killed your puppy?

      Comment by Anthony – April 28, 2011 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Between Oprah, American Idol contestants, and the cast of Glee, I’m surprised there are any puppies left.

        Comment by John Berggren – April 28, 2011 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Regarding THE FIRM: 22 episodes for the whole series or the first season? If the former, that’s brilliant. Networks need to have the creativity to program shorter form series if the story warrants.

    Comment by John Berggren – April 28, 2011 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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