Oprah taps Julia Roberts and actors for documentaries

As American media giant Oprah Winfrey revs up programming for her upcoming television channel, OWN, she has signed on Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Gabriel Byrne, and Mariel Hemingway to join The Oprah Winfrey Network original documentary series.

OWN will produce five original two-hour documentaries, executive produced and narrated by Oscar-winning actors, as part of a monthly documentary film club.

Julia Roberts' Red Om Films will deliver Extraordinary Moms, Forest Whitaker will present One Last Shot, examining a maximum-security prison and its rehabilitative hospice program, and Gabriel Byrne presents Tent City, exploring homelessness with a self-sustaining community living under a bridge.

Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, offers Seven Suicides, about the history of depression in her family and Goldie Hawn will host Searching for Happiness about the secrets to its elusive mystery and advances in neuroscience.

Also, OWN will air Life 2.0 about the virtual world of Second Life, Sons of Perdition about teenagers that leave a polygamist compound and other documentaries on her upcoming channel which aims to educate and entertain.

OWN: The Opray Winfrey Network will debut on US televisions January 1, 2011 in approximately 80 million homes.

http://www.oprah.com/own

RC

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