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DECEMBER 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

 

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CONTINUING SERIES (New Episodes)

(P) Denotes: Premieres

(F) Denotes: Finales

 

OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Sundays (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT)

“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” features updates on some of the biggest newsmakers and most memorable “Oprah”show guests of all time.

 

(P) Sunday, December 7 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Holiday Special with Kris Jenner, Kenny G, Kristin Cavallari & Oprah’s Favorite Things

Kris Jenner gives an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at her epic annual Kardashian holiday party, and what it takes for it all to come together.  Plus, “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach” reality star Kristin Cavallari talks about how she built a fashion empire and what life is like as a mother of two at home just outside Chicago with her football star husband Jay Cutler.  Then, Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi reveals her favorite holiday traditions and, next, one of the ‘Oprah’ show’s very first guests in 1986, all-time favorite saxophone player Kenny G, shows us how he spends the holidays.  Plus, Adam Glassman, the creative director of O Magazine, gives an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse into  how he and Oprah gather the very best gifts for her Favorite Things list.

 

(F) Sunday, December 21 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Beth Holloway, Original Cast of MTV’s Real World Reunion & Popstar Tiffany

Oprah interviews Beth Holloway whose daughter Natalee disappeared during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. The story continues to be one of the most disturbing unsolved mysteries of the past decade, Plus, updates continue with the original cast of the groundbreaking reality show “The Real World” and 80’s pop princess, Tiffany, who lives in Nashville and reveals more about her rise to fame and relationship with New Kids on the Block.

 

DEION’S FAMILY PLAYBOOK

Saturdays (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT)

“Deion’s Family Playbook” is the fun-filled and compelling real-life story of Hall of Fame football legend and celebrated baseball star, Deion Sanders. Deion, best known as “Prime Time,” is a single father raising his own five children (Deiondra, Bucky, Shilo, Shedeur and Shelomi) and also caring for five more (Tia, Florida, Heaven, Neveah and TJ) in hopes of providing them a better life. Raising ten kids isn’t easy, but with the help of his mother, Connie, his Aunt Scoodie, and longtime girlfriend, Hollywood producer Tracey Edmonds, Deion manages to contain the chaos … most of the time. 

(P) Saturday, December 6 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: No Place Like Home

Deion travels to Cleveland for NFL Hall of Fame week and winds up with a role in Tracey’s movie. Bossy and Shedeur’s prolonged absence begins to take its toll on Deion.

 

(P) Saturday, December 13 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Packing Up Paradise

With the big move to a smaller home just days away, Deion and the family make the most of their last week in the mansion. Florida and Tia’s feud gets to a boiling point, forcing Deion to intervene.

 

(F) Saturday, December 20 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: We’re Not In Prosper Anymore

Moving into the new house proves to be harder on the family than anyone expected.  Deion and Principle Shaver put Shilo to the test in his first days of high school.  Tracey worries about how her new schedule will affect her and Deion’s relationship.

 

FLEX & SHANICE

Saturdays (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)

“Flex & Shanice” follows the lives of husband and wife duo, actor Flex Alexander (“One on One”), ’90s pop singer Shanice (“I Love Your Smile”) and their extended family all living together under one roof.  From the outside looking in, Flex and Shanice are living the dream —they are beautiful celebrities with a long-standing marriage, gorgeous kids and a lovely home in suburbia.  But what this fairytale couple has been hiding from the world is that they have been teetering on the edge of financial ruin for the past five years.  So they moved their hilarious extended family in to help make ends meet, but nine people under one roof can add just as much stress as it relieves.  Cameras follow Flex as he tries to rebuild the stand-up career that he abandoned 18 years ago, and Shanice as she heads back into the studio attempting to restart her R&B career.  The family will try to hold it together as they aim to capture that one big break to help turn their luck around. 

 

(P) Saturday, December 6 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: 106

Shanice has been showcasing her talents in a play at a local theatre. When guests are a no show at a recent performance, Shanice wonders if she will ever get the attention of an A-list manager. Uncle Spirit decides to test Elijah’s aptitude by taking him down to the old neighborhood to play some chess in the park.

(P) Saturday, December 13 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: 107

Flex has planned a camping trip for the entire family.  When he finds out he has an opportunity to open for Charlie Murphy (“Chappelle’s Show”) in New York City, he takes advantage of the offer, leaving a disgruntled Shanice as camp leader for the trip. While Flex is in New York, he confronts his past and faces his fear of performing in front of a New York City audience.

(F) Saturday, December 20 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: 108

Flex and Shanice are finally digging out of their financial hole.  An unexpected residual check has allowed Flex and Shanice to plan a party for everyone who has helped them financially during their time of need. Alex Band from music group The Calling has been a longtime fan of Shanice and asks her to record a duet with him.

 

 

HOME MADE SIMPLE

Saturdays (9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET/PT)

“Home Made Simple” empowers viewers to take on simple do-it-yourself household projects with confidence.  Returning host Soleil Moon Frye, along with her team of experts, deliver stylish and smart designs, clever crafts and “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that?” ideas while continuing to celebrate truly inspiring homeowners.  Each week culminates with an emotional room reveal packed with surprises in addition to a new inviting space for friends and family to enjoy. 

 

(P) Saturday, December 6 (9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Great Garage Getaway

The “Home Made Simple” team helps a busy nurse and community volunteer transform her garage from a cluttered eyesore to a dazzling den complete with updated lounge lighting, storage and seating solutions, and a reimagined buffet perfect for entertaining.    

(P) Saturday, December 13 (9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: 10 Kids, No Room, No Problem

It’s a family affair when Soleil and the team rejuvenate an overwhelmed mother of ten’s neglected kitchen, laundry and dining rooms.  Plus, Chef Jesse Brune invites Grammy nominated singer Shanice, from OWN’s “Flex & Shanice,to share a secret family recipe that is truly worth singing about.

 

SURGEON OZ

Thursdays (10 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

In this unprecedented ten-part series, “Surgeon Oz” follows the world renowned surgeon and celebrated talk show host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, behind the scenes into the operating room of one of the most respected hospitals, New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center.  Continuing a three-decade career that has been his passion since long before he became a household name, Dr. Oz performs real life miracles and 100 heart operations annually.  In “Surgeon Oz,” Dr. Oz helps save his patients’ lives and connects with their families in emotional moments surrounding serious procedures that could mean life or death.

 

(P) Thursday, December 4  (10 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Miracle Man

Dr. Oz faces an ethical dilemma when a patient in heart failure asks to remove the temporary heart pump that is keeping him alive. He will likely die on the table without it, but Dr. Oz must follow the patient’s wishes in what he fears is a suicide mission.

 

(P) Thursday, December 11 (10 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Mending Broken Hearts

Dr. Oz has a challenging case when he operates on a patient who needs not one, but two of his heart valves replaced. The patient’s wife lost her first husband following a routine operation, and she’s adamant that she will not lose another one in surgery.

(F) Thursday, December 18 (10 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: A Warning Shot

Dr. Oz is shocked to see a killer blockage in the heart of a young 32-year-old woman. Meanwhile, Dr. Oz gets an invasive follow-up after a frightening result during a routine checkup.

(F) Thursday, December 18 (10:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Right Diagnosis

A routine visit to the ER quickly turns into a life-or-death emergency and Dr. Oz must act quickly to save a young man’s life. In the operating room, Dr. Oz must perform a tricky repair on not one but two vital heart valves to save a woman’s life.

 

FOR BETTER OR WORSE

Wednesdays (9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, “For Better of Worse” centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith, “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “Couples Retreat”), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband of 13 years, Marcus (Michael Jai White, “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “Spawn”).  Marcus is a former professional football player who has recently partnered with Richard Ellington (Kent Faulcon, “American Beauty”) and Joseph Jetson (Jason Olive, “Raising Helen”) on a new sports news program called C-Sports Now.  Marcus’s business relationship with Richard and Joseph is complicated, however, by the fact that Richard is dating Keisha (Kiki Haynes, “Nora’s Hair Salon”), Marcus’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his teenage daughter.  In addition, Joseph’s girlfriend, successful real estate agent Leslie (Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008), is Angela’s best friend, which sometimes makes it difficult for the couples to keep their business and private lives from mingling. 

 

(P) Wednesday, December 3 (9 p.m. – 9:30 pm ET/PT) Episode: The Mammogram – Part 2

Angela (Tasha Smith) struggles with telling Marcus (Michael Jai White) about her mammogram results.

 

(P) Wednesday, December 10 (9 p.m. – 9:30 pm ET/PT) Episode: Fear Of The Unknown

When Angela (Tasha Smith) learns she has an unknown mass that appears on her x-ray, the doctor insists she undergo a biopsy.

 

(F) Wednesday, December 17 (9 p.m. – 9:30 pm ET/PT) Episode: I Want Half

After Richard (Kent Faulcon) is informed he is late for a court date that he didn?t even know about, he believes Keisha (KiKi Haynes) somehow set him up.

 
 

SPECIALS

 

SUPER SOUL SUNDAY: SOUL-TO-SOUL

Sunday December 21 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET/PT)

Oprah Winfrey sits down with award-winning performers, best-selling authors, and spiritual teachers to discuss life’s big questions. Oprah poses thought-provoking questions such as “what is the soul?” “what is the lesson that’s taken you the longest to learn?” and “what do you know for sure?”  It’s a soul-stirring celebration of the most provocative insights and fascinating viewpoints from a remarkable roster of creative minds.

THE ROB BELL SHOW

Sunday December 21 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT)

Considered to be one of America’s most influential and progressive spiritual leaders, New York Times bestselling author Rob Bell shines a bright light on the topics we most want to talk about but often don’t know where to begin. Through riveting conversations with a live audience and creative on-camera storytelling, Rob explores themes such as “Owning Your Story” and “Wonder and Awe” as only he can. The special focuses on the universal desire to create a life of meaning, hope, and joy – making peace with your past, living and thriving in the present right here, right now.  Oprah-Winfrey