08/23/2012 04:56 pm ET

Jennifer Hudson Is Oprah Winfrey's Next Confirmed Interview For 'Next Chapter'

After nailing her network's second highest ratings thanks to her exclusive interview with Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey is vying to keep the momentum going for her “Next Chapter” series. In addition to a forthcoming episode with Olympic gold medalist, Gabby Douglas, Winfrey is also confirmed to sit down with singer-actress Jennifer Hudson.

According to a press release issued this week by the network, Hudson’s September 9 episode of “Next Chapter” will air as a part of OWN’s rollout of the month’s new programming schedule, which will also includes the season premiere of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie's."

Hudson’s intimate conversation with Oprah comes in the midst of the filming of her upcoming role on NBC’s second season of “Smash,” which she views as the “perfect opportunity.”

"It's gonna be challenging, and I'm a little bit intimidated to play this big Broadway star,” she said in a July interview with the Associated Press. “But it's gonna be a great experience. I can't wait to get started."


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