Oprah's Final Season -- Sort Of

Oprah Winfrey begins the final season today of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," a fact that should be of great interest locally, since the local Middle Georgia market is her No. 1 market per capita across the country.

Yes, we have more Oprah viewers per TV watcher than any other market in America. And to think, people often wonder what Middle Georgia's claim to fame is.

Of course, Oprah isn't really going away. She'll launch her OWN network next year and have a similar style show to her current show, so it's not as if she will really be gone.

In addition, she'll be producing whatever talk show takes her place next year. Rumored hosts for this new series include Rosie O'Donnell and Gayle King, among others.

It was nearly three years ago that Oprah graced us with her presence. I know the exact date, since A) I covered nearly every minute she stayed in Macon, and B) my nephew was born during the taping of her final "Favorite Things" episode that she shot here at the Macon City Auditorium. Let me tell you, the Secret Service has nothing when compared to Oprah's private army.

So enjoy the final season of popular stars, crying jags and really bad medical advice from some wacko former celebrities.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Later this week, I'll be giving you a sneak preview of some of the networks' new offerings -- CBS, NBC and ABC. Fox still hasn't sent me stuff, and the CW has already started.

"Lie To Me" (Fox, 9 p.m.) wraps up its second season, following a rerun of "House's" terrific finale. Also wrapping up is "The Bachelor Pad" and "Dating In The Dark."

CW series "90210" and "Gossip Girl" kick off their seasons tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. My associate, Stephanie Hartley -- a "GG" fan -- said the show is back to its fun roots and not sucky like last season. Good to know.

On cable, there are new episodes of "Weeds" and "The Big C" on Showtime, beginning at 10 p.m.