OWN executives have announced their upcoming offerings for the 2013 season, including a May 29 airdate for two new scripted Tyler Perry shows. These programs anchor OWN’s new original programming on Wednesday nights.
The Have and the Have Nots is a drama about the wealthy Cryer family and the poor family of their housekeeper Hanna. Love Thy Neighbor, a comedy, is set in Love’s Diner with a cast of crazy characters. Perry will write, direct and produce both shows.
Four new reality shows are on the way from OWN too. Blackboard Wars chronicles principal Marvin Thompson’s struggle to turn around New Orleans’ underperforming John McDonogh School.
Dogfellas tells the story of James “Head” Guiliani, a former John Gotti mob enforcer turned dog rescuer.
Raising Whitley follows actress and comedienne Kym Whitley as she raises the child of a girl she was mentoring in the Big Sister program. The troubled young girl left the maternity ward at the hospital, leaving only Whitley’s contact information behind.
The Golden Sisters stars those three older sisters who became viral video stars after watching Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. Is anyone else alarmed at the number of people who have gotten TV shows because of that tape?
After a sluggish start, OWN closed 2012 with a lengthy string of ratings increases over the same time periods in 2011. Oprah’s tapped familiar faces such as self-help guru Iyanla Vanzant, whose Iyanla: Fix My Life returns in spring. Among her guests will be rapper DMX. After a short “retirement,” Oprah’s back on the couch doing celebrity interviews. Oprah’s Next Chapter will be back in spring, with interviews including Cissy Houston speaking about the one-year anniversary of daughter Whitney’s death.