OWN: Oprah Winfrey October 2015 Highlights

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 9/22/2015, 4:26 p.m.
“Belief” is a groundbreaking television event that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning ...
This groundbreaking original series "Belief" invites viewers to witness some of the world's most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers.

NEW SERIES & SEASONS

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BELIEF

Seven-Night Television Event Premieres Sunday, October 18 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT)

“Belief” is a groundbreaking television event that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, this original, seven-night documentary series invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers.

(P) Sunday, October 18 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Seekers

Witness the desire to find meaning in our lives. An evangelical teen reconnects with her faith; an Indian-American woman begins her spiritual journey; a Jewish boy is initiated into adulthood; an Aboriginal elder passes on ancient wisdom.

(P) Monday, October 19 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Love’s Story

Love joins all of these stories together. An evangelical Christian couple demonstrates unconditional love; a Hasidic bride and groom unite in marriage; a Muslim convert makes peace with his past; and two enemies in a war torn country find forgiveness.

(P) Tuesday, October 20 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Acts of Faith

Our beliefs can give us strength to endure and overcome obstacles. A mother tries to forgive her son’s killer in Kansas; a family looks for a miracle in Mexico; a young boy acts out a death-defying rite of passage in the South Pacific.

(P) Wednesday, October 21 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: A Change Is Gonna Come

Explore how our beliefs help us change. An Indian woman becomes a Jain nun; a father/daughter attend the Burning Man festival for healing; a young Apache woman completes a spiritual ritual; a scientist continues his quest to understand the universe.

(P) Thursday, October 22 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: God Help Us

Witness the healing power of faith. An American woman is called to the Sufi path and becomes a Whirling Dervish; a Catholic teenager in Peru takes part in a sacred procession; a Muslim refugee finds comfort; a Buddhist monk turns to meditation.

(P) Friday, October 23 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Practice

Explore belief through stories of devout practice. A monk in China seeks a spiritual understanding through Kung Fu; a man walks 500 miles to connect with his faith; a boy in Morocco memorizes the Qur’an; an orchestra in Israel unites faiths through music.

(F) Saturday, October 24 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: A Good Life

Explore how spiritual practices can help us face the uncertainty of life. A Buddhist monk, a world-renowned free-solo climber, a Methodist woman diagnosed with cancer, a Hindu priest, and an astronaut all grapple with life’s greatest questions.

OPRAH’S MASTER CLASS

Season Premiere Sunday, October 25 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT)

The acclaimed Emmy-nominated series "Oprah's Master Class," winner of NAACP and Gracie Awards this year, returns for its fifth season. Featuring unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of entertainers we love, respect and admire, "Oprah's Master Class" tells the stories you've never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, true modern masters share the greatest lessons they’ve learned along the way, including their successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks. From award-winning actors and musicians to groundbreaking icons, this all-new season will include multiple Emmy-winning host Ellen DeGeneres, film legend Robert Duvall, one of the biggest box office draws of all-time Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Grammy Living Legend Award winner Smokey Robinson. Other masters include Oscar-winning actor and musician Jeff Bridges, five-time Grammy Award winner and singer-songwriter James Taylor and Grammy Award-winning songstress and actress Patti LaBelle.

(P) Sunday, October 25 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres wins millions of hearts every day on her Emmy-winning talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” but she never set out to change the world. Throughout her childhood growing up in Louisiana, she always looked at things just a little differently from the rest of us, and that unique perspective has guided her courageous journey. A journey that not only guided her to a memorable appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” but front and center years later in a historic episode of her sitcom “Ellen.” For years, her easygoing style was masking a secret, but that changed when Ellen came out in front of 42 million viewers — an emotional first in the history of television that will forever place Ellen among trailblazers, and remains a valuable lesson on compassion and living proof that your truth will set you free.

CONTINUING SERIES

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SUPER SOUL SUNDAY

Sundays (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET/PT *New time)

“Super Soul Sunday” is the two-time Emmy award-winning series that delivers timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The series features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world.

(P) Sunday, October 4 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Brené Brown

Oprah sits down for another eye-opening conversation with research professor and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown, discussing the global conversation she has ignited on courage, vulnerability, shame and worthiness.

(P) Sunday, October 11 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Malala Yousafzai

Oprah sits down with the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai to discuss her mission to educate girls across the world, her spirituality and how she has thrived following the Taliban’s attempt on her life.

(P) Sunday, October 18 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Dalai Lama

Oprah is joined by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, world-renowned spiritual leader and Tibetan Buddhist monk. They discuss his core practice, which centers around spreading kindness, and his commitment to promoting peace throughout the world.

(P) Sunday, October 25 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Gloria Steinem

Oprah talks to women’s rights pioneer, political/social activist and living legend Gloria Steinem about her lifetime of travel, her activism and leadership, as well as her first book in more than 20 years, “My Life on the Road.”

IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG

Tuesdays (9 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET/PT)

OWN’s popular drama from Tyler Perry takes viewers into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle class neighborhood. This season examines what happens when friends and neighbors become the victims of their own lust, anger and misdeeds. The city of Maxine is left reeling as news hits the streets of the birth of Alex’s (Amanda Clayton) interracial baby, proof of her adulterous affair with next-door-neighbor Randal (Eltony Williams). Brad’s (Aiden Turner) rage over his wife’s infidelity, shared by neighbor Marcie’s (Heather Hemmens) disgust of her own husband’s actions, sets both on the destructive path of revenge. Meanwhile, police officer Lushion (Charles Malik Whitfield) begins to uncover the horrific depth of corruption of his former partner, Eddie (Joel Rush), who is intent on delivering his own brand of street justice, aware that he has angered the Colombian mob who will stop at nothing to have him killed.

(P) Tuesday, October 6 (9 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Painter

Alex (Amanda Clayton) dreams about how her affair began.

(P) Tuesday, October 13 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

Louise (Andrea Frye) divulges information about her son’s attraction to blonde haired, blue-eyed women.

(P) Tuesday, October 20 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Shed

Randal (Eltony Williams) finds out that karma does exist.

(P) Tuesday, October 27 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Being A Woman

Randal's (Eltony Williams) wife and mother deal with their conflicted feelings.

FOR BETTER OR WORSE

Fridays (9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT –Two Episodes Back-to-Back)

Comedy “For Better or Worse” from Tyler Perry follows the ups and downs of dating and marriage and centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband of 13 years, Marcus (Michael Jai White). This season, Keisha (Kiki Haynes) and Richard's (Kent Faulcon) messy divorce causes tensions among their entire group of friends and creates problems for C-Sports. Richard leans heavily on his friendship with Marcus and Angela as he is forced to move in with them during this difficult time. Meanwhile, Joseph (Jason Olive) and Leslie (Crystle Stewart) are settling into life together and begin the harrowing task of planning a wedding. The series also stars Brad James and Cocoa Brown.

(P) Friday, October 2 (9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Way We Were

The ladies make an unannounced visit to C-Sports and overhear Keisha (Kiki Haynes) confessing her love for Marcus (Michael Jai White).

(P) Friday, October 2 (9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Trouble with the Feds

The IRS audits Angela (Tasha Smith) after her cousin is arrested for embezzlement and tax fraud.

(P) Friday, October 9 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Results

Angela (Tasha Smith) agonizes all day over her mammogram results.

(P) Friday, October 9 (9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Richard’s Break

Chaos ensues when Keisha (Kiki Haynes) brings a man to C-Sports while Richard (Kent Faulcon) is working late.

(F) Friday, October 16 (9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Making Him Suffer

Richard (Kent Faulcon) faces the consequences for hurting Keisha (Kiki Haynes).

IYANLA: FIX MY LIFE

Saturdays (9 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET/PT)

From pastors leading secret gay lives to a fallen Olympic star to a former model who risked her own health with dangerous butt injections for beauty, spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant tackles many thought-provoking issues on the all-new season of OWN's award-winning series "Iyanla: Fix My Life." In eight emotional episodes, Iyanla helps those who are struggling, guiding them toward a new way of living and encouraging them to do the work necessary for real change. Iyanla Vanzant is a bestselling author, spiritual life coach, television host and living testament to the power of acting on faith. Iyanla has lived a unique life filled with personal struggles, which she has overcome and used to do the work in her own life. Through emotional heart-to-heart conversations and often a dose of tough-love, Iyanla helps individuals confront unresolved issues that are causing turmoil. She coaches guests and gives them the tools to fix their own lives, seeking to break the negative patterns that are preventing true happiness.

(P) Saturday, October 3 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Fix My Secret Life As A Gay Pastor, Part 3

In part three of an emotional three-part season premiere, Iyanla works with two pastors in crisis. Their true lives as gay men have been hidden from their families and congregations by years of lies and secrets…and now it is time for the ultimate confession.

(P) Saturday, October 10 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Fix My Toxic Obsession

Iyanla helps a former model who turned to dangerous butt injections in the name of beauty - but at the expense of her health and relationships with others.

(P) Saturday, October 17 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Fix My Dependent Sister

Iyanla helps two co-dependent sisters – one whose addiction is destroying her life and the other who is forced to take care of her irresponsible sister at the expense of her own happiness and relationships.

(P) Saturday, October 24 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Fix My Delinquent Daughter

Iyanla travels to Chicago to help a grandmother who has taken on the responsibility of raising her grandson as a result of her daughter’s irresponsible behavior.

(P) Saturday, October 31 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Fix My Out of Control Family

Iyanla heads to Conyers, Georgia, to meet up with a family struggling with a three generation history of violence toward women, by women.

OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Saturdays (10 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT)

Their stories made headlines across America. "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" rediscovers "Oprah Show" guests who made you laugh and made you cry. Find out where they are now, plus see what has happened to some of the biggest newsmakers of all time, and how their lives changed after sudden fame and notoriety turned their worlds upside down.

(P) Saturday, October 3 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Mom Who Nearly Shopped Her Family Broke, Debbi Morgan, GMA’s Amy Robach

Oprah Winfrey goes one-on-one with “All My Children” star Debbi Morgan to talk about the long history of domestic violence in her family. Updates include “Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach and her husband, actor and entrepreneur Andrew Shue, plus the unforgettable mom who nearly shopped her family broke.

(P) Saturday, October 10 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Hip Hop Mogul Master P, Amy Grant, Coach Mike Ditka & Oprah’s Hairstylist

Oprah takes a walk down memory lane with her longtime hairstylist Andre Walker, and celebrates 30 years of hair dos and don’ts. More celebrity updates with Christian pop music queen Amy Grant, legendary coach Mike Ditka and music mogul Master P.

SPECIALS

LEGENDS: OWN AT THE APOLLO Premieres Satuday, October 24 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)

The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—has played a vital role in cultivating emerging talents and launching some of the biggest names in music history. “Legends: OWN at the Apollo” transports viewers to Harlem, New York, for four nights of soulful performances by some of the biggest artists in music history. Music legends Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire perform the hits we’ve all come to love while sharing their personal memories of how this historic theater nurtured and developed their careers and friendships.

Saturday, October 24 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Legends: OWN at the Apollo Featuring Gladys Knight

Known as the “Empress of Soul,” seven-time Grammy Award-winner and soul icon Gladys Knight takes the stage to perform her legendary hits with special guests Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick. Plus, Knight performs with brother and Pip, Merald "Bubba" Knight, Jr.

Saturday, October 31 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Legends: OWN at the Apollo Featuring Smokey Robinson

In his emotionally powerful falsetto, Honorary Grammy Living Legend recipient, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and songwriter Smokey Robinson performs the beloved hits that made him among the most romantic and beloved artists in music history. Robinson is joined by special guest English soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone.

“BELIEF” THEMED PROGRAMMING

*Special spirit-themed programming in advance of the premiere of “Belief”

INSIDE OWN: OPRAH AND BELIEF BEHIND THE SCENES (P) Thursday, October 1 (8 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT)

OWN presents an exclusive first look at “Belief,” the original documentary series narrated by Oprah Winfrey. In this intimate special, Oprah reveals what went into the creation of this passion project over three years in the making.

DEATH MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE (P) Thursday, October 1 (8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT)

The documentary film “Death Makes Life Possible” explores different worldviews and personal experiences of death and the afterlife, aiming to help transform the fear of death into an inspiration for living.

OPRAH’S MASTER CLASS (P) Sunday, October 11 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Oprah’s Master Class: Belief Special

Oprah Winfrey hosts a special edition of "Oprah’s Master Class," as the series' remarkable masters discuss how turning to a power greater than themselves lead them through the most pivotal moments of their lives. Masters share personal accounts of faith and loss, rituals and spiritual lessons that help shape what they believe today and continue to inform their every move. Sharon Stone, Jay Z, Morgan Freeman, Lenny Kravitz, Susan Sarandon, Dr. Maya Angelou, Berry Gordy, Jr., Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Roberts, Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, Alicia Keys and Billy Bob Thorton are among masters featured in this powerful episode on belief.

OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (P) Saturday, October 17 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Oprah: Where Are They Now? Belief Special

In celebration of OWN’s landmark television event “Belief,” “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” will follow up with some of our most fascinating, inspiring and provocative guests who challenged us to look at our lives in a new light and ask “what do I believe?” In 2010, “Oprah" show viewers witnessed the hidden world of nuns and found out what life was like as a “sister.” The “Oprah Nuns,” the Dominican Sisters of Mary, reveal not only about what they believe, but how several “Oprah" show viewers were inspired to answer the call. After surviving a horrific plane crash, John Diaz shared with Oprah in 2007 his unique experience seeing auras leave the bodies of crash victims, some brighter than others, inspiring John to create the brightest aura for himself. John shares how his life has changed. Up next, we also talk with the parents of Jessica Gowe, one of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, to find out how this family’s beliefs and day to day lives have been affected by tragedy. Next, one of Oprah’s most memorable "SuperSoul Sunday" interviews with “Office” star and Soul Pancake creator Rainn Wilson is revisited, revealing more of Rainn’s beliefs and how they inspire his life and art. In 2006, Oprah and Gayle met people from all walks of life during their infamous road trip. We follow up with an Amish couple they encountered in Fredericksburg, Ohio and find out more about their fascinating lives and beliefs. And finally, in 2009 we met Tererai Trent, Oprah’s favorite “Oprah" show guest of all-time. Tererai’s resolute belief in herself and her future proved anybody can make great accomplishments happen in their lives. We follow up with Tererai and update the amazing progress she has made in providing education to children in Zimbabwe.

MARATHONS

BELIEF Sunday, October 25 (12 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET/PT) Belief Marathon

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network provides an opportunity to catch up on all seven episodes of “Belief” from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information, visit own.tv