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Oprah decides to extend contract to 2008

Compiled from Times wires
Published May 20, 2003

Television's top talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, has had second thoughts about retiring.

Winfrey extended her contract with King World Productions by two more years, taking her through the 2007-08 television season, and agreed to make more shows over the next few years than planned, it was announced Monday.

At her last contract extension, Winfrey, 49, had said she would quit her show after the 2005-2006 season.

"It's fulfilling being able to do this kind of television," Winfrey said, "and I believe continuing to have a voice and a platform to speak to the world is still the right thing to do."

After a few years of decline, ratings for The Oprah Winfrey Show have increased this year. She's also watched one-time protege Dr. Phil McGraw start his own successful talk show.

"Hairspray' wins 10 Drama Desk awards

Hairspray, the campy show about a teenage girl's obsession with a TV dance show, took 10 Drama Desk awards, including best musical. Take Me Out was named best play by the group of theater journalists and critics, whose picks often foreshadow the Tonys.

The star of Hairspray, Harvey Fierstein, tied with Antonio Banderas of Nine for leading actor in a musical.

Top acting awards in a play went to Vanessa Redgrave, as the drug-addled Mary Tyrone in the revival of Long Day's Journey into Night, and Eddie Izzard, as the father of a brain-damaged child in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

The big surprise: Bernadette Peters in Gypsy lost out in the outstanding actress in a musical category to Marissa Jaret Winokur in Hairspray.

JACKMAN TO HOST TONYS: Hugh Jackman won't make his Broadway debut until this fall (he has appeared onstage in London and Australia), but he will be the host of the 2003 Tony Awards show June 8. The Tonys will be broadcast on WTSP-Ch. 10 from 8-11 p.m.

WEDU to rebroadcast program

Due to the electrical storm on Sunday night, WEDU-Ch. 3 experienced a 90-minute broadcast interruption. Unfortunately, most of part two of Masterpiece Theatre: White Teeth was not able to be broadcast.

WEDU will rebroadcast the second part of White Teeth on Sunday from 5-7 p.m., and again May 28 from 1-3 p.m.

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