Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
The Oprah Winfrey Network today announced in advance of TCA its fall programming lineup, ordering three new series for fall and three more for 2013 including a new reality show with La Toya Jackson entitled Life With La Toya. The trio of new fall shows are: Iyanla, Fix My Life, featuring author, inspirational speaker and talk show host Iyania Vanzant as she works to repair lives; Oprah: Where Are They Now?, showcasing newsmakers from the past via the Oprah Winfrey Show vault; and the self-explanatory TV Guide Magazine’s Top 25 Best Oprah Show Moments. The fall on OWN also will see new episodes of Oprah’s Next Chapter, a pair of Oprah’s Lifeclass special episodes in September, and the return of the family docu-series Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s. The celebrities featured in the Next Chapter specials include Bette Midler, Stephen Colbert, Jennifer Hudson and Kelsey Grammer. Life With La Toya promises to feature Jackson as she “juggles the many demands of her famous family, her lifelong friends, and her growing entertainment business empire”. The other pair of new shows inked for a 2013 debut include The Customer Is Always Right, which will enlist a pair of loyal customers of a recognizable company tapped by the CEO to make improvements at the firm; and Neighborvention, described as featuring families in crisis “reaching out to neighbors for a helping hand, uniting communities to help families transform”.
OWN has been bashed and battered since it debuted in 2011. But Discovery CEO David Zaslov said yesterday he’s optimistic the economic outlook will improve by late next year. Here’s the link: OWN Should Become Profitable In Late 2013, Discovery Chief Says