Updated: Four Australian editions of The Oprah Winfrey Show will air in primetime later this month across four nights.
They will be shown at 7:30pm on Wednesday January 19, Thursday January 20, Friday January 21st and Sunday 23rd on TEN.
TEN’s chief programming officer David Mott told TV Tonight that although they would screen before the start of ratings, they would provide good opportunities to promote forthcoming product.
“It will be an important part to our launch strategy for the year. But we are in the hands of where they run those episodes in the US,” he said.
“It would have been nice in Survey but at the end of the day it will still come at an important time as we roll through our line-up.”
Wednesday 19 January:
Oprah begins her Australian adventure with a bang as she lands on Hamilton Island and has a close encounter with a pair of frisky koalas. She enjoys the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and hosts a beautiful beach barbeque with celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Then, Oprah travels to Uluru where she experiences the spiritual heart of Australia and an unforgettable dinner under the stars with local Aboriginal people. Next up, she meets Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a crowd of 10,000 in Melbourne’s Federation Square. Plus, some of Oprah’s ultimate American viewers hit the road for a jaw-dropping jaunt through Tasmania.
Thursday 20 January:
Our incredible Australian adventure continues as Oprah gets a first hand look at the Australian
lifestyle. See what happens when she goes knocking on doors, including an unexpected pop-in at one local viewer’s weekly taco night dinner. And, hidden cameras capture the special delivery Oprah had in store for one of her ultimate Aussie viewers who was nine months pregnant! Then, nearly 500 feet above the Sydney Harbor, a brand new world record attempt as Oprah and her audience make their way to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb. Plus, our fleet sets sail for a once in a lifetime regatta with Oprah’s first mate, Russell Crowe!
Friday 21 January:
Oprah hosts the first of two shows from the world famous Sydney Opera House in Australia. First, tune in for a tribute to the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin with his wife, Terri, and children, Bindi and Robert. Then, find out what happens when ten-time Grammy® winner Jay-Z helps deliver a million dollar surprise, Oprah welcomes Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, and watch a heartwarming surprise for a dad battling cancer. Ultimate wildest dreams are coming true! Plus, Bon Jovi rocks the stage.
Sunday 23 January: It’s our Australian grand finale from the Sydney Opera
House with U2’s Bono and some of Australia’s best loved stars! First, see actor Hugh Jackman’s headline-making entrance and what happens when he introduces Oprah to the wonders of vegemite. Then, it’s their first interview together – Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban! Plus, thirty-two years after starring in “Grease,” icon Olivia Newton-John joins them as the biggest names from Down Under bring the house down!