Oprah’s Future Plans Include Broadway And Expanding OWN

Oprah’s reign just won’t let up. The media mogul responsible for The Oprah Winfrey Show and the OWN Network is taking her headquarters from Chicago to Los Angeles, with huge plans in tow.

“The time had come to downsize this part of the business and to move forward. It will be sad to say goodbye, but I look ahead with such a knowing that what the future holds is even more than I can see,” she recently told THR.

According to O, she is setting her sights on international speaking engagements and a recurring role on Queen Sugar, an OWN series from Selma director Ava DuVernay based on the novel of the same name.

She is also looking to bring more scripted programming to OWN’s line-up. “I love telling the real stories of peoples’ lives, and now we get to create them, make them up, and I get to be part of them as an actor and producer,” she says.

And if her future to-do list didn’t look busy enough, there’s also Broadway. Though she passed on the revival of night, Mother, where she would have played the role of a mother who tries to stop her daughter from killing herself (“I just didn’t want to be in the space of suicide every night for six months,” O says), she’s jetting to New York within the coming weeks to scope out two potential plays. “I’d like something with a happier ending,” she says.

Read the full THR feature here.