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5 reasons why I am so glad Zach got his show from Oprah

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photo credit: Joyce Buckley

Anyone who has not been living under a rock over the past few months knows that Oprah debuted the next chapter in her life;“OWN” the Oprah Winfrey Network. Wow, she has climbed up from new woman to talk show icon to Network extraordinaire. Oh, how I’d be happy with just my own TV show, I don’t’ need the whole network… um, hello Bravo, Discovery Channel… but we are not talking about me right now we are talking about Oprah and her latest brain child; “Search for the next TV star;” which was designed to be a reality show that was also a competition to find the next big TV host.

Last summer a young man named Zach Anner submitted his video to Oprah for a show he calls “Rollin’ around the World with Zach Anner” this is with a pun intended as Zach rolls around daily in a wheelchair due to his cerebral palsy. In his audition tape, Anner described himself as a man with “the sexiest of the palsies” and said he wanted to “make a travel show for people who never thought they could travel.” Anner video quickly went viral and attracting over 9 million votes from the public and even got the attention of celebrities like John Mayer.

I admit I watched the season finale with great anticipation and hopes for this young man (being a special needs mom myself) and here is why:

1. He has a great sense of humor.
2. He does not let his disability stop him.
3. He has courage; anyone who can “stand up” to Oprah has my vote!
4. He has the best positive attitude.
5. He puts the “dis” is disability! You rock Zach!

Have you ever dreamed of having your own TV show? What would it be on?

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  1. I heard of Zach in the beginning of the project. I did know he got to do his TV show….how awesome.

    If I could have a TV show I would love to travel around the world and review restaurants and discover new dishes. I would settle for little cooking/coffee talk with friends show where I cook and we just sit around my kitchen and talk.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It led me back here. I have a child with a disability too, so this is an inspiring article.

  3. I have to admit, I have no idea what you're talking about. Not that I don't *like* Oprah…I'm just not a huge fan. Still, now I want to learn more about this guy because he sounds awesome.

  4. How cool! I don't think I would actually ever want my own tv show, unless I was never in front of the camera. 😉 Selfishly, I would love to do a show on green travel/adventures, but really I think just opening up people's eyes to what is going on around the world and what the solutions might be would be more beneficial.

  5. Never heard of it but now my curiosity is peaked!

  6. I think that Zach has a great idea for a show. Helping people with disabilities enjoy life! Better than some of the other crap out there..ever see You're Cut Off? Or Brideoplasty? Sheesh!

    If I had a TV show, it would probably be a bunch of people sitting around reviewing books. I must admit, I love Joan Rivers show on E! where they critique celebrity fashion.

  7. I hadn't heard of Zach. He sounds like a wonderful man! I love it when inspiring people get opportunities like that.

  8. It's so wonderful to hear the behind the scend story!

  9. I remember hearing about Zach's story and really hoping his show would make it to OWN, but I did not know the outcome, nor have I seen his show yet. I am so happy to here he's up and rollin'! I am going to check my guide and set up the DVR!!

    Count me as a Zach fan in waiting!

  10. Thank you for the photo credit of the Oprah Magazines. It looks very lovely on your blog. I feel honored!