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Oprah Winfrey Celebrates “The New Color Purple” in New OWN Special

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air a special called “OWN CELEBRATES THE NEW COLOR PURPLE” on December 8, 2023, at 10pm ET/PT. The special will go behind the scenes of the upcoming reimagined film The Color Purple and feature interviews with the leading actors, including Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., and Fantasia Barrino.

The special will also include conversations with director Blitz Bazawule, screenwriter Marcus Gardley, choreographer Fatima Robinson, and costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Oprah Winfrey, who serves as a producer on the film, will reflect on her role in the original 1985 film and discuss the story’s themes. The special will also feature conversations between Oprah and filmmaker Steven Spielberg and The Color Purple author Alice Walker.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is a network named after Oprah Winfrey and is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming. It was launched on January 1, 2011, and is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Warner Bros. Discovery. The network connects with its audience through social media and other platforms.

The Color Purple is a new adaptation of the classic story of love and resilience. It is directed by Blitz Bazawule and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones. The screenplay is by Marcus Gardley, based on the novel by Alice Walker and the musical stage play. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Fantasia Barrino in her feature film debut. It also stars Louis Gossett, Jr., Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Ciara, and Jon Batiste. The film follows the character Celie, played by Fantasia Barrino, as she faces hardships in her life, including an abusive husband. With the support of her sister Nettie, played by Halle Bailey, and other strong women, Celie finds strength in sisterhood.

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The Color Purple is a Warner Bros. Pictures production and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is set to open in theaters in North America on December 25, 2023, and internationally on January 18, 2024.


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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