Oprah Winfrey's been all over the place promoting her new network, OWN. Over the past few weeks, she's granted many, many interviews, ranging from a sit-down with Barbara Walters to posing for the cover of Parade. To little surprise, millions tuned in to the channel's Jan. 1 debut.
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Still, running a network is a big new business for The Queen of Daytime — and she's got more hawking to do! But is there anything left we don't know about Oprah? During the Television Critics Association winter preview on Thursday, Lady O descended a room of TV reporters, and here are 10 things we learned, in no particular order:
Question: I was wondering who was the first female host of Good Morning America. I say Joan Lunden. Actually, I bet my sister a gift certificate that it was. Who's right? While you're at it, when did it first come on? Thank you, sir.Answer: You're quite welcome, ma'am, but you'll still be buying sis that certificate.
There were two female cohosts paired off with original host David Hartman before Lunden. When Good Morning America launched in November 1975, actress Nancy Dussault shared the set with him. After a year, she departed and Sandy Hill was brought in. But Hill, who had worked as a reporter, wasn't happy being tied to the set and, according to rumors, wasn't exactly best friends with Hartman, who was credited with allowing ABC to mount its first serious challenge to the morning dominance of NBC's
Although you'll never hear Martha Stewart's name spoken in tonight's debut episode of Wickedly Perfect (8 pm/ET on CBS), the reality contest is all about Martha. The sitch: Twelve wannabe style gurus strive to outdo each other in the domestic arts. The winner gets a book deal, a development deal for a "lifestyle-oriented TV show" — which'll be nothing like Martha Stewart Living, we're sure — and six appearances on CBS's Early Show. Here, Joan Lunden explains why she'd compromise a respectable journalism career to pull a Julie Chen by hosting this thing.TV Guide Online: First off, love your new, slightly poufy hair. It's reminiscent of Krystle Carrington — and I mean that in a good way.Joan Lunden: [Laughs] Thank you. That was maybe the look on the first show, but I have great fun with lots of different hairdos. Every time these domestic divas see me coming, they know I'm bringing a n