New series The Oprah Conversation brings big thinkers to Apple TV+

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Oprah Winfrey interviews thought leaders in an Apple TV+ series debuting Thursday, July 30. ‘The Oprah Conversation’ hits Apple TV+ this week.
Oprah Winfrey interviews thought leaders in an Apple TV+ series debuting Thursday, July 30.
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Apple TV+ and Oprah Winfrey on Monday announced a new series to explore racism and other relevant topics. The goal of the The Oprah Conversation is to offer perspective on a range of topics shaping our world, and reveal gripping stories of human connection.

The topical show is coming in hot, too. The first episode, titled “How to Be an Antiracist,” airs Thursday, July 30.

Dear… is a timely reminder that we can do better [Apple TV+ review]

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Oprah Winfrey reads a letter from a fan in Apple TV+ show Dear...
One episode of Dear... focuses on Oprah Winfrey.
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So far, the Apple TV+ shows affiliated with Oprah Winfrey (or approved by her) represent some of the streaming service’s safest offerings. And her spirit, to say nothing of her face, is all over the inspiring series Dear…

Each episode focuses on a single celebrity and the moving fan letters they receive highlighting the star’s impact on regular people. A such, it takes the form of part-biography, part-tribute to its famous subjects.

Dear… certainly does not stand out as one of the most hard-hitting journalistic exercises you’ll see. But as puff pieces go, the episodes prove both persuasive and reasonably inspiring. The show plays like a MasterClass with lessons about community building and standing up for yourself.

Oprah Winfrey launches COVID-19 interview series on Apple TV+

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Oprah Winfrey says Apple TV+ can have a genuine impact on humanity.
Oprah Winfrey and Apple pull together a quick interview series for Apple TV+ focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and how to deal with its implications.
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Apple TV+ has launched a surprise interview series with former talk show Oprah Winfrey talking about the global coronavirus pandemic. In its first episode, Winfrey spoke to actor Idris Eba, one of several celebrities to test positive for COVID-19.

The series – entitled “Oprah Talks COVID-19“- debuted Saturday, with little production value for a quick-to-air show. Winfrey’s first installment features FaceTime interviews with Elba and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre. 

Oprah defends exit of axed Apple TV+ documentary

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Oprah Winfrey talks about On the Record, a documentary that isn’t coming to Apple TV+ after all.
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Oprah Winfrey today revealed more details on her decision to not bring a high-profile documentary to Apple TV+ about alleged sexual misconduct by Russell Simmons.

She’s adamant that she still supports the women bringing the allegations, but wanted to do more investigation before releasing the documentary. And broaden its scope, too.

Biopics of Oprah, Big Bird and more head for Apple TV+

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Oprah Winfrey says Apple TV+ can have a genuine impact on humanity.
Oprah Winfrey is one of the celebrities to be profiled on the Apple TV+ series “Dear...”
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A documentary series dubbed Dear… will profile internationally recognized leaders in a unique way: each will feature letters written to the subject of the biopic by people whose lives they’ve changed. That’s the source for the name of the series, which is headed for Apple TV+ in a few months.

Oprah and Apple scrap plans for sexual assault documentary

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Oprah Winfrey says Apple TV+ can have a genuine impact on humanity.
It will still debut later this month, but not on Apple TV+.
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Oprah Winfrey is stepping away from a new documentary based on the Time’s Up movement. The high-profile film will go ahead, with a premiere scheduled for the Sundance Film Festival this month. But it will no longer hit Apple TV+.

Oprah says she believes and supports the women featured in the documentary. But she feels the project is incomplete and says “it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in … creative vision.”

Oprah’s Book Club finds new home in Apple Books

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Preorder Oprah's first selection today.
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Oprah’s Book Club has landed in Apple Books, connecting readers worldwide to “stories that truly matter by today’s most thought-provoking authors.”

Its arrival comes weeks before Oprah’s new TV show kicks off on Apple TV+. A new episode will air every two months, and every title selected will be available from Apple Books.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates is Winfrey’s first selection, and you can preorder it now in ebook and audiobook formats ahead of its debut tomorrow, September 24.

Prince Harry hopes his Apple TV+ series will help save lives

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The Duke of Sussex frequently speaks out about mental health.
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Apple TV+ could do a lot more than just offering up some great entertainment — it could save lives.

That’s according to none other than the U.K.’s Prince Harry, aka the Duke of Sussex. In a conversation with The Daily Telegraph, he discussed what he hopes to achieve with his upcoming Apple TV+ series, which will focus on mental health.

Buy a new Apple device and you’ll get 1 year free Apple TV+

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Tim Cook showing off some of the titles Apple TV+ will bring to users.
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Apple TV+ is coming to screens on November 1, with a surprisingly low price of just $4.99.

While only a few shows will be available on launch, more will be added every month. There’s also some great Apple TV+ pricing news for anyone thinking of buying a new Apple device in the future.