Move over Sharknado! Leave it to Oprah Winfrey to make a play for the biggest television event of the summer.
Winfrey’s OWN cable channel has nabbed the first sit-down interview with Lindsay Lohan following her release from rehab later this month.
Additionally, the channel has signed the troubled actress to an eight-part documentary series set to air in 2014, which will follow her attempts to get her career and life back on track.
Lohan is currently finishing up the last couple of weeks of her 90-day court-ordered stint in in-patient rehab. Although she began the first portion of her sentence in the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, California, in June she transferred to the Cliffiside Malibu clinic, where she currently resides.
Naturally, Oprah’s one-on-one with Lindsay (and Lohan’s release from rehab) will coincide with the simultaneous theatrical, pay-per-view, and digital release of her upcoming film “The Canyons,” which co-stars porn actor James Deen and was written by Bret Easton Ellis.
For Winfrey, it’s yet another huge victory over the broadcast networks for OWN, which finally seems to be finding its footing in 2013. Her interviews with Lance Armstrong and the family of the lateWhitney Houston earlier this year both set records for the still relatively-new cable channel.