Oprah Winfrey's OWN announces new original programming, orders two Tyler Perry series
Oprah Winfrey's OWN network announced a new slate of series picked up for 2013 including two scripted series by Tyler Perry.
The network, which initially struggled with viewership, has rebounded and posted double-digit gains in key demos over the past year.
New series include the docu-series "Blackboard Wars," set to premiere in March, "Raising Whitley," a docu-series focused on comedienne Kym Whitley raising a son that was abandoned by her mentee, and a series called "Dogfellas," about a former mafia street enforcer who now runs a dog grooming parlor.
There is also a series called "Golden Sisters," which follows the adventures of three senior-aged sisters who shot to Internet fame after filming a YouTube video of themselves talking about Kim Kardashian's sex tape.
OWN also has two Tyler Perry series the will premiere on the network this year. "The Haves And The Have Nots" is a one-hour drama series about the affluent Cryer family and the improvised family of their housekeeper Hanna. The series is set to premiere on May 29.
"Love Thy Neighbor" is Perry's other series and is a half-hour comedy set at Love's Diner where "the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a whole lot of love for its zany neighbors." The comedy show also premieres on May 29.
It was announced in October that Perry teamed up with Winfrey's network. OWN will now serve as Perry's "singular destination for all new television series and projects," the statement said, adding that the channel had entered into a "multi-year partnership" with him.
The network also announced new celebrity interviews lined up for "Oprah's Next Chapter." Actress Drew Barrymore and rapper LL Cool J will be interviewed for the series as well as Whitney Houston's mother Cissy Houston, who will talk one year after Houston's death.