The Oprah Effect

2009, TV Show


Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Real Housewives of New York City

National Spelling Bee
8 pm/ET ABC
Times have changed, and so have the winning words in this entertaining event. Hard-to-spell, but at least understandable, championship-deciding words from the past have included "gladiolus" (1925); "condominium" (1956); "chihuahua" (1967) and "luge" (1984). But starting about 15 years ago, the competition heated up, with winners having to clinch with words like "antediluvian," "succedaneum" and "appoggiatura." It's gotten tougher being a kid.

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Premiered: May 28, 2009
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Premise: An exploration of Oprah Winfrey's ability to transform a business via her popular talk show. Included: how companies work to get on the show; why even a brief mention by Winfrey can turn entrepreneurs into millionaires. Carl Quintanilla hosts.


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