Daytime TV iPhone apps for a post-Oprah world

Jun 7, 2011
TV

It’s been two weeks since Oprah aired the last episode of her namesake talk show, and the withdrawals are intense. Months worth of empty afternoons stretch before us like the Sahara Desert. But before you haul your flat screen out to the curb consider this – there are other daytime television options. Good ones, in […]

It’s been two weeks since Oprah aired the last episode of her namesake talk show, and the withdrawals are intense. Months worth of empty afternoons stretch before us like the Sahara Desert. But before you haul your flat screen out to the curb consider this – there are other daytime television options. Good ones, in fact. And to prove our point we have assembled a list of iPhone apps to introduce and connect you to some potential Oprah replacements. Happy viewing!

Who can resist those casual day suits, baller sneakers and hilarious dance moves? Since it first launched in 2001, Ellen Degeneres’ show has provided quality daytime entertainment. The free Ellen app will keep you up to date with exactly what is happening with the show, including guests, games and outtakes. It’s also loaded with pictures of cats, and dogs and other sorts of domestic creatures – Degeneres is famous for her love of animals after all.

She’s everyone’s favorite Italian-American cook, and her show proves that Rachael Ray can satisfy the palates of both adults and children. So next time you find yourself digging through the fridge at dinner time unsure what to prepare, pop open the Rachael Ray’s Tastybytes app ($1.99). It includes dozens of recipes demonstrated on her show such as asparagus salad or citrus fish with bell pepper couscous. It’s almost like the smiling brunette is in the same room with you.

Oprah has boosted the careers of many writers, entertainers and medical experts, but her most famous protégé is certainly the no nonsense Dr. Phil. His show addresses tough family-related issues including divorce, infidelity, abuse and poor money management. The Pocket Phil app for $1.99 is not quite as good as the real thing, but it includes dozens of audio clips of the counselor’s most famous lines. Our favorite: “Are you nuts?”

If you liked the drama factor Oprah’s show, then maybe you’ll dig the drama that can be found on some of the most popular daytime soap operas. Check out the Soap Operas Pocket Book app ($4.99) or the Soap Operas News app ($1.99).  Both of these include plot summaries and character lists for dozens of different soaps. There are people who die and come back, fathers who disown their children and lovers who cheat.

And if all of these options can’t help you to forget about your beloved Oprah, then we have got the app for you. Oprah Mobile ($0.99) is the Oprah brand all in one location. There are inspiring life stories, encouraging words from experts, plus photos and video pulled from all the Oprah products. If there was a past episode of her show that you found particularly compelling, you can search it on this app. And, you can customize the menu to easily navigate to your favorite features.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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