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Friday
Oct012010

TV Producer Stephen J. Cannell Passes Away

Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Veteran television producer and writer Stephen J. Cannell has died at the age of 69. Relatives say Cannell died Thursday at his home in Pasadena, California from complications of melanoma.

The Emmy Award-winning Cannell was a force behind scores of popular TV shows, including The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, The Rockford Files and The Commish.

He estimated that he wrote over 450 TV episodes and produced or executive produced over 1,500. He also wrote 16 novels, and was an occasional actor, appearing as a recurring character on the show Renegade, in an episode of his own show Silk Stalkings, and as a guest star on the current ABC series Castle.

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Thursday
Sep302010

Oprah Winfrey: 'I Want Millions of People' to Watch OWN

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications, George BurnsHaving made an indelible mark on broadcast television, Oprah Winfrey's ready to take over cable. In a new interview with Fortune magazine, the media mogul reveals what led her to create OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which is slated to debut in at least 80 million homes come January.

"I'm so tired of the chairs," she told the magazine about the seats on the set of The Oprah Winfrey Show. "For me, it's about getting out of the chairs and into the hearts of people's lives." She added, "I want to expand Americans' views of other people in the world."

Though she says she's leaving the daytime talk show circuit in 2011, she's not ready to lay low.

"Playing small doesn't serve me," she said. "The truth is, I want millions of people. I'm not one of those people who says, 'Oh, if I change just one person's life...Nope, not satisfied with just a few. I want millions of people!"

To reach the masses, she's assembling a star-studded slate. Besides Winfrey herself, a slew of celebrities and talk show staples have agreed to appear on the channel, including Julia Roberts and Rosie O'Donnell.

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