Whether the new OWN version will live up to the prize-packed pandemonium of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" bonanzas of the past remains to be seen, but in any case, it's great to see the return of "Oprah's Favorite Things," airing at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
For the first time since 2010, "Oprah's Favorite Things returns to television in a two-hour special event. Oprah reveals her must-haves for this holiday season and pulls off a top-secret giveaway for an unsuspecting group of military spouses. Winfrey, her staff and her team of experts take viewers behind the scenes to show how it all comes together.
According to the network, "Oprah's Favorite Things" will kick off the holiday season in a brand-new way. With the help of O Magazine's editor-at-large Gayle King and creative director Adam Glassman, Winfrey enlists famed designers Michael Kors and Tory Burch, along with celebrity chef Curtis Stone, for their insight into this season's hottest, newest, "most delectable" items of the year put together for the magazine's O List.
From the electronic gadget that "everyone will be clamoring for" and sweet treats that can put anyone in the holiday spirit to a trip to an exotic island locale and a stylish way to get organized, "Oprah's Favorite Things" is loaded with great gift ideas just in time for the holidays, including items you can only see in the television special. In addition, for the first time and "in a way like never before," Winfrey and her team honor a group of military spouses from each branch of the Armed Forces who have no idea that they are about to get the surprise of their lives.
Viewers will finally be able to get in on the action when, for the first time in the history of "Favorite Things," they will have the opportunity to Watch and Win select items featured within segments of the show. By texting the correct key word to a short code at designated points throughout the premiere airing, viewers will be entered into a drawing to win some of Oprah's Favorite Things from 2012. Additional details on how to enter are available online at www.oprah.com/favoritethings.
"Oprah's Favorite Things will be followed by the premiere of the docu-series "Married to the Army: Alaska," airing at 10 p.m. on OWN.