Oprah's Chosen Ones
Life was "dark" after her husband died in a car accident three years ago, says the motivational speaker and comedian. But creating a TV show pilot helped her "regain my health and my mind."
The chef, who goes by "Aunt Flora," once made savory cobblers for Martha Stewart. "I love to teach people how to cook," she says.
West Hollywood, Calif.
The Oprah superfan ("I have a pillow with her face on it") says he wants "to do for theater in America what Oprah has done for books. That is my passion."
Warren says his prospective show, Foods That Fit, will help viewers prepare healthy meals. "Fat is sexy," he says, "but some of us have too much of a sexy thing going on!"
"The whole idea for my show is 'No excuses!' " says the chef and mother of two, who lived on food stamps after her divorce. "Cooking builds confidence."
The high school dropout turned minister says his talk show-game show hybrid "is based on the idea of investing in the bank of your soul."
Valley Village, Calif.
Koechner wants to invite guests (like Maya Angelou) to her real backyard for a chat: "It's really a show for families, because the home is our most sacred place."
"I've always wanted to do a travel show for people who never thought they could," says Anner, who has cerebral palsy. "I'm down for adventure and up for anything."
Espinosa, a local news reporter, says, "It's been my passion to tell people's stories and give people a voice."
"I want people to get financially fit," says Taylor, who owns a mortgage company. "Most people have eyes that are bigger than their budget."