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Oprah Winfrey needs you: OWN show casting in Atlanta

Ask not what Oprah can do for you. (AP photo)

Ask not what Oprah can do for you. (AP photo)

Things at Oprah Winfrey’s new network, OWN, aren’t that great. She recently discussed the channel’s challenges during an appearance on the CBS morning show.

“Had I known it was this difficult, I might have done something else,” she said during the appearance.

Low ratings axed a show with Rosie O’Donnell that had been featured on OWN, and about 30 people lost their jobs as a result of recent restructuring.

A recent Forbes article summed things up on thusly: “A joint venture between Winfrey’s company Harpo and Discovery Communications, OWN debuted on January 1, 2011, in approximately 77 million homes. It has been plagued by turnover at the top and ratings disappointments, and Discovery has yet to recoup its $300 million investment.”

But you and your mildly dysfunctional family can help turn things around. Casting folks are looking for Atlanta families with teens and tension at home.

“If you’re a mom or dad locked in a he-said-she-said battle with your teens, we want YOU – NOW,” the notice reads. “We’re looking for families who are going through what typical families go through and are having a difficult time with their teens’ typical issues, including trouble focusing on homework or maybe dealing with peer pressuring or bullying. The family doesn’t have to be dysfunctional, just maybe not running as smoothly as it could be.”

After they settle on the family, producers will round up members of the community to help. The show, to appear on the OWN channel, is called “It Takes a Village.”

To find out more see this web site or contact the casting director by email – johnnie.raines@studiolambert.com – or phone at 404-907-0787. They need to hear from you by Friday.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

43 comments Add your comment

Susan

April 3rd, 2012
2:48 pm

Happy to say we don’t qualify for this show. We are blessed with great teens.

Denise

April 3rd, 2012
2:58 pm

@Susan…I’m sure your knees are stained from all the praying.

Sluggo

April 3rd, 2012
3:00 pm

At the risk of being labeled an “O” hater, it apears Oprah might have lost her Midas touch. Maybe the magic is just gone. I doubt she will ever have to sweat anything though.

anonymous

April 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

Let another person praise your great teens, Susan, and not your own lips.

ms leonard

April 3rd, 2012
4:13 pm

OPRAH STILL HAS IT! SORRY SLUGO

ThisGuy

April 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

So, let me get this straight. I should exploit my own family’s disfunctionality? Sign me up! No wait, I prefer to stick my nose in other people’s business!

ThisGuy

April 3rd, 2012
4:28 pm

First, forgive the typo. Then move on.

O' Fan

April 3rd, 2012
4:28 pm

I think Oprah has lost some of her midas touch. If she transferred her day time talk show to OWN, she would have the ratings needed to be a successful network. I personally don’t watch the channel too much, because it’s all repeats of what the other Discovery channels have already shown. Oprah needs to come up with a great strategy quick!

Bone

April 3rd, 2012
4:33 pm

Mmmmmm….Susan…sounds like your family is perfect for the show. If you think your teens are perfect, you have no idea what goes on while you are not there.

Thankuplz

April 3rd, 2012
4:47 pm

I love the idea of this show. The only way it can go wrong is if they are forced to be “reality-like” and ham it up for the audience and ratings. It they keep it realistic, she may have a hit.

AB

April 3rd, 2012
4:54 pm

Don’t you mean she was on CBS This Morning, not GMA? Important distinction since Gayle King is her best friend. Even incredibly successful and talented people still have to struggle at times. Nothing wrong with it. Doesn’t mean she is irrelevent or not going to bounce back.

4My3babes

April 3rd, 2012
4:58 pm

Susan, please never say that your teens are perfect (girls especially). No one is perfect. Everyone thought I was perfect as a teenager and I have few secrets that people will never know about.
With that said, Oprah is a very smart woman. Kudos to her for admitting that even she is NOT PERFECT. She will figure out a way to make a comeback. But if she doesn’t, she can just sit back and enjoy life and consider this a lesson learned.

TruthBe

April 3rd, 2012
5:03 pm

Oprah lost me when she helped put Obama in the Whitehouse. This disgrace of a president is bad for business. Oprah’s included.

Libra1006

April 3rd, 2012
5:22 pm

Sound like desperate time desperate measures. Lets see expliot my family issues. Naw . I am good. Sounds like Maury and Jerry to me Big O!

Steve

April 3rd, 2012
5:38 pm

OWN is on life support. Pull the plug before you and Discovery lose more money. It was a failure from the first day. While Oprah may have been the queen of daytime, she’s not as important as she thinks she was. Time to move on Oprah. We don’t care. The ratings prove it.

@ThisGuy

April 3rd, 2012
5:45 pm

Well This Guy, you can deal with your families “dysfunction” for free or you can get paid to “exploit” it! Either way your fam will still be f’d up!!!!!!

TruthBe

April 3rd, 2012
5:48 pm

You can’t be this much of an idiot to think that Oprah interviewed and hired the president, I think GWB and Palin are about 90% of the reason that President Obama was elected, 8 years of SH!T from GWB and then the thought of VP Palin is enought to get just about anyone elected!

TruthLies

April 3rd, 2012
5:51 pm

@TruthBe

I guess you’re pretty upset with about 54,363,832 people then hunh? Your OOD has gotten the best of you. Can’t wait to see you out here BYTCHIN’ some more after his re-election. That is, if you don’t off yourself first. “It” IS a sickness, you know???

Kim

April 3rd, 2012
5:55 pm

LOL! People should learn to read. Susan never said her teens were perfect, she said “great.” I know parents who can truthfully tell you their kids didn’t give them problems. And they didn’t. Although far from “perfect” they still weren’t dysfunctional.

Jack Nasty

April 3rd, 2012
6:22 pm

Good point Kim. Also, Susan stated she was “blessed” with great teens. This implies that she isn’t taking credit for it, she knows it is a blessing from a higher power.
SO LEAVE SUSAN ALONE BEEE-OOCHES!!!

cj

April 3rd, 2012
6:44 pm

how’s about GROWN-UP dysfunctional families? Complete with meddling AUNTS, IN-LAWS that drive you crazy, etc., etc.?? WE could produce that!!!!

Kevin

April 3rd, 2012
7:18 pm

Dear Oprah,

I saw a story a YouTube and it was talking about “Sex Trafficking in Cambodia”. There was the story of 3 girls who was sold into prostitution. Chantha was the first girl and she was forced into prostitution at age 13. She is now 30 If she is still alive. She is living with Hiv. I am assuming she died because it’s been 6 yrs ago. I would like you Oprah to put flowers on her grave on my behave. The second girl was Thida. She was sold by her husband at 17 for $200 dollars. She was forced into prostitution. The third girl Chariya. She was sold into prostitution at 7 yrs of age. I want you to help the children from Africa, Asia, and throughout the world. These children are beaten and shocked If they refuse to be prostitutes. I can’t change the lives of these children because I am not Oprah. If you do a show on this topic you will tell these young ladies and boys that you care about them and want to improve their lives. It was just sad seeing these boys and girls being abused!

Andria

April 3rd, 2012
7:19 pm

I don’t recall Oprah ever saying she had the Midas touch, you, you & you (society) said that! God is the one with the Midas touch, regardless I hope & pray her network succeeds & if it doesn’t she will have lost nothing! She’s a bad woman, a bad sista who had already reached the top before the network!

Debbie

April 3rd, 2012
7:40 pm

I miss Oprah so much, but I only pay for basic cable as even that is nearly $70, and with Comcast, I have to buy their whole shebang in order to get OWN. I’d bet tons of fans are in the same boat.

Journalistatl

April 3rd, 2012
7:57 pm

Totally agree with Debbie. The main issue isn’t her programming as it is accessibility. The issue is with cable providers. Many don’t carry OWN on basic cable. And with so many tightening up their belts and scraping for pennies, paying for EXTRAS like CABLE is a luxury already – add more channels and that could be cutting into other bills. Oprah’s touch is not in question here, it is our own cashflow. If I had more money, I could CHOOSE to have things like OWN. As it is, I am a huge OPRAH fan but unfortunately, unable to watch so I choose anything on Netflix for under $10/month. Oprah will be fine as soon as she figures it out.

Jennifer Linderman Monroe

April 3rd, 2012
8:30 pm

Oprah, iam sure you’re people have discussed, you really need to look into buying All My Children & One Life To live……..you would have a built in daytime audience and a chance to to advertise your line up………think FOX buying the NFC……..put them on the map

DD795

April 3rd, 2012
10:23 pm

First mistake was giving that PIG Rosie a show.

KimZ'sPackage

April 3rd, 2012
11:19 pm

Can this type of show Save OWN? I doubt it.

james mercer

April 4th, 2012
6:09 am

Please allow Oprah to see this. I would like to offer you and your crew the greatest challenge an individual and/or organization can take on. But due to ailments and fear have no desire to come to Atlanta. I am sure we can get same ratings as CNN and CNNI. The requirement is you come to Mississippi and bring someone that knows computers (how to sit up and links) with social media. I can assure you your network will become the greatest for social change. Though not well written you can go to mmunchkindad.blogspot.com the last three post are what should interest you. There are 43 posts that should allow you to know who I am and the life experience that qualifies me to make the statement I did. For once we would deal with root problems rather than the symptoms.

greader

April 4th, 2012
7:25 am

Good for you Susan, see we have a hater in the house! Well we won’t wait for him/her to say “Good Job”, will we? Hey Anonymous, you could have adopted?

GH

April 4th, 2012
7:50 am

Oprah, you left your show on tv because your rating had dropped so low they were about to kick you off the air. You started your own network and to date it has been a big failure. The fact is Oprah, we are tired of looking at you and listening to you. Please don’t go away mad, JUST GO AWAY ! On your way out pay Discovery the $300 million you now owe them.

Samantha

April 4th, 2012
8:26 am

Susan…you are in denial! You have NO IDEA what your ‘perfect’ teens do when you are NOT around. Get your head out of the sand. Only 1 perfect teenager eveer walked this earth and His name is Jesus! There goes your ‘perfect teenager’ theory! :)

Samantha

April 4th, 2012
8:27 am

Sorry for the typo..ever, NOT eveer! :)

KG

April 4th, 2012
8:54 am

Anonymous, I think the quote says, “Let another man praise YOU, and not YOUR own mouth. Since Susan was not praising HERSELF, I think that praising her children is ok. In fact, it is well within her right to do so.

OPRAH IS NOT BROKE

April 4th, 2012
9:09 am

She’s probably just bored. I would be vacationing & enjoying the fruits of my labor. I wish she had adopted some kids earlier in life to give them a better life, but it’s her money & she can do as she pleases.I like a couple of the reality shows like The Braxton Family Values & Mary Mary. Every family is dysfunctional, some more than others. Life happens people, get use to it.And everyone with such great teens, you are only seeing what your kids want you to see, get your head out of the sand please. Thank you.

Annie

April 4th, 2012
9:13 am

Happy to say that my dysfunctional children are in their 40’s … don’t live at home and reside in another state. What Oprah should do is have a show focusing on “Where Has the Respect for Parents and Grandparents Gone To?” I’m working on a book called … “It Was In the Water”. It‘s a collection of short stories about parents who can’t figure out what they did wrong in bring up their kids: and all of these parents tried to be the best parent they could be. Go figure. Hopefully I’ll finish the book before my kids force me into an early grave with their attitude towards me …and I might add, at times, their lack of any contact at all.
The only consolation I have is that I’m not the only parent that is going through tough times with adult children. There are too, too many of us seniors dealing with this kind of problem. I don’t see it ever getting better, only worse. The old school of thought about honoring your parents is dwindling away and slowly but surely it will be gone all together. I’m glad I won’t be around to see it.

Tired of the hate

April 4th, 2012
9:22 am

It is beyond me why there are so many hateful people out there. People on here who only come on to post nasty, insulting comments must be wonderful to live with…wonderful to have as friends (?), parents, siblings. Living with someone like that creates a person with low self esteem, possible bullying tendencies, extreem unhappiness. If you are one of those people who feel compelled to post only derogatory, negative comments why don’t you make everyone else’s day happier by forgetting how to post???!!!

liberalefty

April 4th, 2012
9:37 am

@OPRAH IS NOT BROKE

why are u surprised that some teens are good? u seem ANGRY that parents are praising their kids good behavior. maybe because u raised ignorant kids u want others to be a miserable parent like you are

TheLazyComic

April 4th, 2012
12:45 pm

Just last week, I read that the OWN network was having financial difficulties, and now she’s trawling for folks in a casting call? I wish the O lady would go away… and take the O man with her too. (Hell, take Delilah too and really make my fantasies come true). Of course, so anonymous dweeb will leave some caustic comment because I voiced my opinion. Will it be you?

jonell portillo

April 4th, 2012
4:25 pm

i would love to be a talk show host any body can do better than rosie. i just recently got a book published it never went to trial it was published by xlibris. it’s a true story about my brother billy price and his friend david moore. it happened on sunday april 14, 1991. it was about a shooting in pineville, missouri. there needs to be more talk about what’s going on in the world not just who is sleeping with who. there are alot of innocent people that are in jail and there are alot of people that should be in jail. my brother billy spent 7 years of hell in jail but in 1998 he was released and was awarded 20,000.00 dollars from the state of missouri. he has 3 beautiful children.
thank you for your time

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Zoe

April 8th, 2012
12:51 pm

So Oprah is also getting into the tawdry and tasteless reality tv? Does she need money that badly? How disappointing.