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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?