The Oprah TV Show in New York City
Oprah Winfrey's TV show sometimes taped in New York City
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For 25 seasons, Oprah's TV show was normally shot at the Harpo Studios in Chicago, but every every once-in-a-while Oprah does her show from another city. Doing the show in another city will often give the show some juice going into a new season, as the Chicago show can sometimes get a bit stale.
In the week beginning September 10th 2007, Oprah launched her nineteenth TV show season from the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Each day Oprah did a 9/11 tribute show to about 4500 people and one of her guests on the first show was David Letterman.
Oprah's NYC TV Taping Schedule Was:
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
The new season of The Oprah Winfrey Show launch with first-time guest David Letterman. Lisa Marie Presley also appeared during the live episode in a special performance. This was the first time the Oprah show has launched a new season outside of Chicago.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11
The Oprah Winfrey Show paid a special tribute to the children of 9/11 who lost a parent six years ago. These children will share with Oprah their uplifting and touching stories about how they are rebuilding their lives.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12
Oprah sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Mary Winkler, the wife and mother of three who in 2006 killed her husband, Matthew Winkler, a minister from Selmer, Tennessee. Speaking for the first time since being convicted of manslaughter and serving a total of seven months for the crime, Winkler opens up about the abuse within her marriage, reveals details from the day her husband died, and shares why she’s decided to speak out now.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2007
Fred and Kim Goldman (the father and sister of slain Ron Goldman) speak out on why the Goldman family has decided to publish O. J. Simpson’s controversial book. Christopher Darden, a prosecuting attorney in O. J. Simpson’s criminal trial, will also participate in the discussion
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2007
Designer Vera Wang shows how every woman can have high-style fall fashion looks while on a budget.
Oprah's Show In NYC Receives Poor Marks From Critics
The Oprah TV shows in New York City did not go as smoothly as hoped . With over 25,000 tickets to the show distributed, many fans complained that the venue and the amount of people in the audience made it feel much more impersonal. The quality and feel of TV show productions always suffer when the audience gets too large and each Oprah show in New York City had over 4500 people, which is over ten times larger than Oprah's normal audience in Chicago of just 400 people.
Oprah does not do well in a large space.
After the shows were complete, many New York City newspaper critics complained that Oprah was grandstanding on the back of the 9/11 tragedies to boost her ratings for her upcoming season. Oprah responded that she didn't need to boost anything as she is already tremendously successful and her fans will follow her anywhere, although her recent foray into XM satellite radio was a disaster, which resulted in very few new subscribers for the channel and resulted in her leaving the channel.
Other New York Visits
Singer Mariah Carey, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ann Conway, Howard Stern and a variety of other quintessential New York City celebrities appeared on Oprah Winfrey's Oprah taped live at The Rumsey Playfield on September 18, 2009. This was shot as part of Oprah Winfrey's Fridays Live series.