Original Content | April 14, 2011
New York, NY— OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today new original programming coming to OWN including four series pick ups and six new series totaling over 60 hours of television each day.
“After four months on the air it’s great to be able to renew series that connected with our audience, and to cancel the shit that bored them,” said Christina Norman, chief executive officer, OWN. “Our new shows will continue to bring viewers more compelling characters sharing their real life journeys that entertain, engage and inspire them to purchase the products featured by our advertisers, such as Proctor and Gamble’s Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream.”
“We’re excited to give our audience more of what they love – Oprah Winfrey – along with new series that are fun and relatable and have Oprah in them,” said Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer, OWN. “We guarantee each new show will get viewers talking, even when they are alone.”
Joining the previously announced pick up of Oprah’s America with Lisa Ling are six more episodes of Ask Oprah’s All Stars, six episodes of Not Enough Oprah Already! With Peter Walsh, six episodes of In Oprah’s Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman and eight episodes of Oprah Presents Oprah’s Master Class On Oprah.
The six new series include Confronting With Lisa Ling & Gayle King…, I Owe You My Life, Oprah Winfrey!, Dancing With Oprah Winfrey, My Mom and Me & Oprah Makes Three, Sweetie Pies For Oprah and Unfaithful to the O: Stories of Betrayal.
Brief synopses of the series being announced today follow:
Confronting With Lisa Ling & Gayle King
This provocative series documents the powerful and sometimes painful mediation process in which victims and offenders come together in the hopes of achieving closure through the cheerful help of perky mediators Lisa Ling and Gayle King. Currently available in 48 states and illegal in Kentucky and Alaska, mediation programs offer the possibility of catharsis, relief and, at their best, forgiveness. OWN Mediation with with Lisa and Gayle goes one step better and gives each participant a makeover, bra fitting, and a gift bag that’s theirs to take home. In each episode, Lisa and Gayle follow the real life process of both victim and offender as they prepare to confront each other, face to face, for the most important conversation of their lives, followed by the makeover of their dreams. Produced by Relativity Real.
I Owe You My Life, Oprah Winfrey
TV makes it look easy. Writers know how to make their characters brave in the face of unspeakable dangers, determined when the odds are against them, and focused and virtuous when temptations abound. What about real people? What makes us heroic when we are inspired by Oprah? What makes Oprah Supreme Ruler of All Things? These and many more questions will be posed in I Owe You My Life, Oprah Winfrey. The nature of being a hero involves a multi-layered, complex set of circumstances, so only true heroes can even begin to feel one small piece of what it’s like to be the Blessed Goddess Oprah Winfrey, able to make the seas rise and fall with the flick of Her mighty finger. This series will delve into the dramatic stories of everyday people from every corner of the world who take risky, even death-defying actions to protect others and right wrongs, all in the name of their Lord and Savior, Oprah Winfrey. Produced by Skip Film.
Dancing With Oprah Winfrey
The much-vaunted talk show host and Creator of all living things has commissioned choreographer Louie Spence to breathe new life into the trend started by “Dancing With the Stars” and “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” on the Starz channel. In Dancing With Oprah Winfrey, stars from John Travolta to Brad Pitt to Kirstie Alley will engage in a real life fight-to-the death in a full scale Coliseum, dismembering and possibly disrobing their opponents with their choice of weaponry for the chance to touch and dance with the living deity Oprah Winfrey for a full song of approximately three minutes in length, at the conclusion of which they will be allowed to give Oprah one brief hug. Oprah will use Her holy powers to resurrect the fallen stars, for whoever believes in Oprah shall not perish, but have eternal life. However, the losers will not get to touch Oprah.
My Mom and Me and Oprah Makes Three
The mother-daughter dynamic can be more than a little tricky—so how much trickier does it become when kid has to play parent, and then Oprah Winfrey moves in for the weekend? My Mom and Me & Oprah Makes Three examines unusual mom-daughter-Oprah relationships in which “normal boundaries” are challenged. Intimate, heart-warming, disturbing, unpleasant, creamy, tedious, irrelevant, smelly, sticky, and at times shocking, the series features mothers and daughters and Oprah opening up about their atypical relationships and, with the help of a therapist, spending a weekend with Oprah Winfrey as their houseguest, while tackling their deep-rooted issues, like why Oprah didn’t get a clean guest soap in the bathroom, and why there was a hair on the soap that was in the bathroom, and other problems Oprah had with the bathroom. Produced by Firecracker Films.
Sweetie Pies For Oprah
When Robbie Montgomery, a 1960s backup singer and former Ikette, suffered a collapsed lung and had to stop singing, she decided to pour her talents into another creative venture—a soul food restaurant dedicated exclusively to serving Oprah Winfrey, located inside Oprah’s apartment in Chicago. At her family- and Oprah-oriented eatery, Sweetie Pies, both hilarity and drama and Oprah Winfrey are offered in equal measure—and now Robbie’s upping the ante with a second location outside Oprah’s apartment, which will allow members of the public to eat food just like the food the real Oprah Winfrey eats. This docu-series follows the loud, loving and often singing Montgomery family as they work to expand their empire, one soulful dish at a time, and the beaming smiles of Oprah’s followers as they taste the sweet ambrosial ecstasy of communion through food with their Lord and Savior’s favorite soul food chef. Produced by Pilgrim Films &#amp; Television.
Unfaithful To The O: Stories of Betrayal
This compelling series features couples that have suffered and survived infidelity to Oprah Winfrey. In each episode, couples share their deeply personal stories of the heartbreak they experienced when they chose to go against the Word of their Lord Oprah, while a priest provides perspective and advice on penance. Revealing and surprisingly uplifting, the series illustrates how Oprah’s love for you can endure even the darkest times, whether you like it or not. Produced by True Entertainment.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform, conform, convince, and inspire people to live their best lives and to follow the word of their Lord and Savior, Oprah Winfrey.