This week heralds the final season of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Oprah's been on the air doing her thing for 25 years, and since my mother and I watched her when I was growing up, and I still DVR her every day, I'll be following along during the final episodes, and probably shedding a tear or two come the final show airing.
Monday's kickoff will feature John Travolta and Elton John and lots of surprises, in true Oprah fashion, but Tuesday's episode will feature Grammy-award winning country music stars Wynonna and Naomi Judd.
I mention this because the Judds are also celebrating 25 years in the entertainment industry and will be making a visit to the Springs December 7, for their Last Encore Tour at the World Arena. Tickets are available now through the World Arena website.
The rest of Oprah's final first week includes:
Wednesday, September 15
Oprah revisits one of her most memorable shows when she returns to Williamson, West Virginia, the site of a town hall episode on AIDS on November 16, 1987. After Michael Sisco, a town resident who had contracted AIDS, swam in the local swimming pool, the mayor shut down the facility, sparking a community-wide debate. The emotional hour featured heated exchanges between Sisco and his neighbors, as fears spread in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Now, close to 23 years later, Oprah returns to the Williamson Field House, site of the original show, for a candid discussion with Sisco’s family members and other guests from the 1987 episode.
Thursday, September 16
Oprah talks with people making headlines around the world, including 28-year-old Bethany Storro, who was scarred in a brutal acid attack by a stranger August 30 in Vancouver, Wash. Storro will appear in-studio for her first one-on-one interview since being released from the hospital.
Friday, September 17
Closing out premiere week is an episode jam-packed with surprises galore. Plus, exactly 14 years to the day since launching her Book Club, Oprah makes a live announcement of her 64th Oprah’s Book Club selection.