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Oprah Winfrey, shown Nov. 1, 2009, has announced plans to host a primetime shown on the OWN network. ((Chris Pizzello/Associated Press))

The queen of daytime TV is about to take a spot in prime time.

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launches in January 2011, and Winfrey herself will host a nighttime show to debut later in the year, she announced Thursday.

Oprah's Next Chapter  will star Winfrey as a globetrotting correspondent who interviews guests around the world. 

Winfrey, 56, is one of the most popular daytime talk show hosts, but has announced she plans to end her daytime show at the close of its 25th season. Oprah's Next Chapter will start after the Oprah Winfrey Show ends.

Her hour-long evening program will appear up to three times a week, Winfrey told the Wall Street Journal.

OWN is a cable network being launched Jan. 1 in partnership between Winfrey's Harpo Inc. production company and Discovery Communications.

Canadian pop star Shania Twain will create a new show for OWN about adjusting to life after divorce, to be called Why Not? With Shania Twain. The series follows what happened after the breakup of her 14-year marriage, including her climb back to the top of country music charts and her personal journey.

OWN has announced several other programs in its lineup, among them:

  • Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind, a biography series to focus on stars such as Lady Gaga, Annie Leibovitz and Tom Ford.
  • Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star, a reality TV contest being developed by Survivor creator Mark Burnett.
  • Gayle King Live, an hour-long daytime show with O magazine editor-at-large and talk-show host Gayle King.
  • Breaking Down the Bars, a documentary series about women in prison learning to overcome their past.
  • Enough Already, Peter Walsh-hosted show about decluttering your life.
  • Master Class, in which people such as Jay -Z, Bono, Simon Cowell, Lorne Michaels, Toni Morrison and Condoleezza Rice share their secrets of success.