Oprah Winfrey taps Julia Roberts, Goldie Hawn and other celebs for her new network, OWN

oprah-winfrey-julia-roberts-own-network-320.jpg Oprah Winfrey is definitely is working her pool of celebrity friends to help make OWN, her new network premiering next year, a success.

According to the New York Daily News, Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Gabriel Byrne and Mariel Hemingway have signed on to produce documentaries as part of the network's monthly "Documentary Film Club."

"All of these documentaries fundamentally explore human interaction, relationships and emotions," says chief creative officer of OWN, Lisa Erspamer. "We're excited to provide viewers with new perspectives and new ways of looking at core themes that shape and affect their lives."

Here's what that means: The documentaries will range from serious topics like Whitaker's film that goes inside Louisiana's Angola prison to exploring feel-good topics like Roberts' project that highlights the work of incredible moms. Hemingway's film sounds especially interesting to us. Titled "Seven Suicides," the film explores her own family history of suicide.

The network will replace the Discovery Health channel across the nation, which means OWN should be available to 80 million homes.

Will you be tuning into OWN?

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