It's the beginning of the end for "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Television talk show host Oprah Winfrey launches the 25th and final season of her top-rated daytime talk show today with special guests John Travolta, Paul Simon and what's being billed as "one of the biggest surprises" in the history of the "Oprah" show. Winfrey's production company announced last November that the show would be ending on September 9, 2011. As of this year, it is the longest-running daytime television talk show in the U.S. Winfrey is currently laying the groundwork for her new cable network called, appropriately enough, the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN. Owned by Discovery Communications, OWN is set to launch on January 1, 2011.
Oprah's "Farewell Season Premiere Week" will also include an appearance by Grammy winning music legends The Judds on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the media mogul will revisit some of her memorable moments on the show. Thursday's show will see Oprah's interview with Bethany Storro, the young woman making headlines following a brutal acid attack in late August. Oprah will close out "Farewell Season Premiere Week" on Friday with a live announcement about her 64th Oprah's Book Club selection.