The second Nate Berkus made his debut on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2002, he became a fan favorite. That probably explains why he appeared on the show more than 50 times. Given his popularity, it was only a matter of time before he scored his own daytime talk show. If you watched any of the episodes during its two-year run, you know it wasn’t very good. While extremely likable in small doses, Nate wasn’t the ideal choice to headline an entire show, five days a week.
The 41-year-old designer reunited with Oprah Winfrey yesterday for her Sunday morning OWN series, Super Soul Sunday. The two chatted about many things including why his daytime talk show failed. Oprah recalls early discussions with Nate regarding his own show and why it probably wasn’t a good idea. In addition to that, Berkus opens up about coming out to his family and his experiences with both his father and step-father with his sexuality. Nate was also there to promote his new book, The Things That Matter. Check out highlights from part one of his interview with Oprah below.
The patience an individual possesses to make one of these supercuts astounds me. Trying to splice up words to recreate a song is truly astounding. While not as impressive as the Mad Men cast singing Rick Astley’s “Never Going To Give You,” this Lance Armstrong video is still worth watching.
Matthjs Vlot who created the supercut only had to splice up one episode of Oprah Winfrey grilling the fallen sports hero. That aforementioned Mad Men supercut had multiple episodes over several seasons mashed up to recreate the 80s classic. Think of the research involved in picking which character said what. It’s mind-boggling.
Fittingly enough, Radiohead’s “Creep” was used perfectly to turn Armstrong’s mea cupla into a musical. I love the fact that the creator of the clip also incorporated a few words by Oprah. The result is an oddly entertaining duet of the 90s smash. Too bad Radiohead’s “Creep” wasn’t mashed up with TLC’s “Creep.” Now that would’ve been epic.
Last night, Oprah Winfrey was here in Vancouver for a special evening called “An Evening With Oprah” and we were there! I was there with Tyrell, and cast member Dan was there as well. She inspired and empowered the audience of 16,000 by sharing her life story and the lessons she has learned along the way that got her to where she is now. She also made us laugh a lot, especially towards the end in her one-on-one question and answer with George Stroumboulopoulos.
The evening started out with an introduction by Richard Dolan, the president of Rein Canada. He got the audience prepped for the next presenter, who was none other than Jim Pattison. Who Pattison introduced next was a surprise to everyone, even to Oprah. It was Stedman Graham, the love of Oprah’s life. He came to the show through an invitation from his friend Jim and decided to surprise Oprah. He spoke of how everyone knows Oprah one way, and then revealed how he sees her before introducing her to the stage.
Before I get to some of the main things I got out of the evening, I want to share some of the things Oprah said about some of the current news making headlines (ie. Lance Armstrong, Beyonce Lip-Syncing, and more).
Last night, Drew Barrymore‘s one-on-one interview with Oprah on Oprah’s Next Chapter took place, talking about her new baby, her husband, and her colorful past. The interview was done at Barrymore’s California home where Oprah asked her how she knows how to parent when she didn’t have a good example growing up. Drew explains how her tumultuous childhood is a great blueprint for righting the wrongs of her past.
Also in the episode, Drew Barrymore’s husband, Will Kopelman had his first television interview ever. The handsome art consultant talked about how he proposed to Barrymore, why he loves her so much, and more. He even shares how he found out she was pregnant. Their new baby was born on September 26, 2012, and the baby’s name is, Olive Barrymore Kopelman.
Get to know Kopleman in the video of the interview below. I’ve also included several other clips from last night’s episode as well.
Whether you love or hate the addition of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, the Season 12 makeover of American Idol seems to be working. While the season premiere was down 19% from the previous year, the second telecast gave the veteran reality show some glimmer of hope. When compared to last year’s second episode, last night’s show was only down an astonishing 2%. Truly impressive given the ratings slide the show has experienced the past several years.
Also worth mentioning is the fact the Thursday airing was only off 7% from the Wednesday show. Typically, the second night ratings have dropped at least 20% since Idol’s ratings started plunging in 2008. As a side note, American Idol‘s premiere week numbers in the key demo is besting the recent third season of The Voice by 41%- a 5.8 adults rating vs. a 4.1.
The tension between Carey and Minaj seems to be paying off in stabilizing ratings and generating watercooler buzz. If you’ve read my two recaps, you know I’m still a fan of American Idol and the changes this year, especially Keith Urban’s addition. The true test for Idol’s Thursday night episodes will be when The Big Bang Theory returns next week (last night was a rerun). Lately, the CBS sitcom has been on a ratings tear, achieving series highs the past two weeks. Now onto last night’s highly-anticipated Oprah interview.
In a one-on-one interview, cyclist Lance Armstrong spoke exclusively with Oprah Winfrey in his first interview since he was stripped of his Tour de France titles. In the interview, he addresses the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. Late last year, he resigned as chairman of the foundation he created, Livestrong, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.
The ‘no holds barred” interview is a special two-night even that airs on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN. It will also be simultaneously streamed live worldwide on Oprah.com. Check out the preview below.
In a new parody by Eliot Glazer, Oprah Winfrey attempts to draw in new viewers to her fledgling network, OWN, by reenacting classic viral videos in the hope of reaching a new audience.
Some examples of the trends the faux Oprah Winfrey (and her faux sidekick Gayle King) take on include: Shit Oprah Says, Leave Oprah Alone, Planking, and many more. One of my favorite one was Oprah’s take on Flash Mobs. I don’t even want to give away what she does, but it’s perfect.
This is the first video in a new series called Eliot’s Sketch Pad. Can’t wait to see what the comedian comes up with next. Enjoy the video below!
Oprah’s Next Chapter has been hit or miss at times for me. For every Rihanna interview, there’s a ridiculous comment comparing Justin Bieber to The Beatles. Regardless of quality inconsistency with her chats, there is no denying Oprah Winfrey’s increased onscreen presence on OWN has reignited the network which has consistently seen month-to-month ratings increases. There is no doubt that momentum will continue when her chat with David Letterman airs on January 6, 2013. Boffo ratings will definitely result.
Everyone likes to think that the Letterman-Winfrey feud began at the Academy Awards when the late night talk show famously bombed on a joke introducing Oprah to Uma Thurman. While horrible, I highly doubt a 16 year feud resulted from that. Legend has it that it began when Letterman and his girlfriend decided to skip out on a bill, tricking the waiter into thinking Oprah agreed to pay it. LOL. Whatever the reason it began, it continued until a little thing called the Super Bowl brought them together.
In 2007, the duo appeared on a couch wearing Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears jerseys. Soon after that, the two appeared on each other’s respective talk shows. Most recently, Winfrey sat down with Letterman for his Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series at Ball State University. Now, the two are once again sitting down. This time on Oprah’s turf. Check out the preview below along with what they’re reportedly chatting about. It’s good.