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Happy New Year! Or should we say: Happy Oprah Year!

I don't know how you spent your first few days of 2011, but I was immersed — or perhaps baptized is a better word — in the launch of OWN, which isn't just another cable channel. The Oprah Winfrey Network is a crusade, on a mission of unyielding and unapologetic uplift, inviting us into an electronic big-tent revival where each weepy show should come with its own supply of Kleenex and where all of Oprah's ambassadors stay relentlessly on message. That message, conveyed by Oprah Winfrey herself in an oft-repeated introductory hour, is to deliver "the kind of TV that wouldn't waste your time," that urges each viewer to "live your best life."

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