Hot TV Teaser: ‘Lindsay’ Finale On OWN

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 10:39am PDT

Lindsay Lohan‘s rehab docu for OWN is coming to a close Sunday with a two-part wrap-up. Watch here:

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OWN Orders ‘Belief’ Series That Explores Search For Meaning & First TV Film Starring Toni Braxton As Darlene Love, Picks Up More Tyler Perry, Sets Octavia Spencer Mini

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 7:00am PDT

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today six-time Grammy-winning artist and actress Toni Braxton is set to star as Darlene Love in oprahwinfreynetworkthe network’s first scripted TV film My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story.  In addition, superstar Justin Timberlake will kick off a star-studded new season of Oprah’s Master Class on May 11, and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night event mini-series Tulsa (working title) currently in development.

The network also announced today a groundbreaking seven-part television event Belief presented by Oprah Winfrey, which explores humankind’s search for meaning and connection.  Also, Tyler Perry’s popular drama series The Haves And The Have Nots and previously announced new series Single Moms Club (working title) each have received 20-episode orders. Here’s a look at the shows:
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Lisa Ling’s OWN Documentary Series ‘Our America’ To End Run After 5 Seasons

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 7:02pm PDT
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LISA LINGOWN said today that the upcoming fifth season of documentary series Our America With Lisa Ling will be its last. The cancellation is a significant because of Our America‘s place in OWN’s history. Premiering in February 2011, Our America was part of the network’s inaugural slate of unscripted series aimed at empowering women and helping them better their lives. It was the only show of the bunch not hosted by Winfrey to draw a sizable audience while OWN was going through major growing pains and the only one to make it that far. During OWN’s dark early months of big ratings OWN_logo-2__130529151034-200x109__130919234649__140109185239struggles, Our America carried the torch with solid ratings and critical response. OWN finally scored a second hit in late 2011 with Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s, which signaled a turn to entertainment fare, often targeting black audiences. That trend was cemented by the mega-deal with Tyler Perry, whose scripted series are now the backbone of OWN. Acknowledging Our America‘s contributions to OWN, both of the network’s presidents spoke of the series’ exit. “Over the past three years, Our America has cast a bright light into dark places, raised awareness of some of our country’s most controversial issues and provided a voice to those who are often not heard,” said OWN President Sheri Salata. Added OWN President Erik Logan, “Lisa Ling’s top-notch journalistic work is the best in the industry, and we can’t wait to see her soar in her next chapter.” Read More »

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OWN’s ‘The Haves & Have Nots’ Finale Hits Network & Series Highs

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 2:59pm PDT

unnamed__140108205749The Season 2 finale of Tyler Perry’s drama shattered its own viewership records and that of OWN last night, with 3.6 million tuning in.  That’s a 38% rise for for The Haves And The Have Nots from the 2.6 million who … Read More »

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Lindsay Lohan’s OWN Reality Series Launch Attracts 693,000 Viewers

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 1:12pm PDT

lindsayoprayLindsay Lohan’s rehab reality series Lindsay on OWN opened in a highly crowded Sunday 10 PM time slot with about 200,000 fewer viewers than caught Lohan’s highly touted sit-down with Oprah Winfrey on OWN last August. That, in turn, had been a substantially smaller audience than some other Oprah-exclusive sit-downs on her cable network. This, just a few days after Lohan’s visit to Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Tonight show to OWN_logo-2__130529151034-200x109__130919234649plug the launch of the OWN series logged a preliminary 3.2/9 household rating, which will likely translate to about 4 million-ish viewers when Nielsen gets them crunched.

Even so, OWN president Erik Logan calls the launch a success, noting Lohan’s opener achieved his network’s highest rating in the Sunday hour in 27 weeks with women 25-54 and that the series launch posted triple-digit gains in key demos versus the time slot’s prior six-week average (+178% in total viewers; +300% in women 25-54; +478% women 18-49), and double-digit gains versus the tim eslot one year ago (+57% in total viewers; +37% women 25-54; +73% women 18-49). Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: OWN’s First Look At ‘Lindsay’ Docu-Series

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 7:33am PST

Lindsay is premiering this Sunday at 10lindsayopray PM, and OWN has unveiled the 2-minute promo  that TV critics attending Winter TV Press Tour 2014 got to see in January. Last July, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network scored a big one when it signed train-wreck Lindsay Lohan to an eight-episode docu-series following her as she tried to stay sober and re-launch her career after a court-ordered rehab stint; it was part of a deal that also included Lohan’s post-rehab interview special on Oprah’s Next Chapter. The docu-series, directed by filmmaker Amy Rice (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama ), taped in August.

“There’s nothing left in having a drink for me. There’s no party I haven’t gone to, nobody I haven’t hung out with, no situation I haven’t been exposed to,” 27-year-old Lohan tells the camera as she swans here and there. Read More »

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OWN To Adapt Darlene Love Memoir As Network’s First TV Movie

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 1:15pm PST

own56OWN continues to expand it scripted slate, acquiring the rights to Darlene Love’s memoir My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story, to adapt into the network’s first original TV movie. Pic Darlene Lovewill be executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Oscar-nommed filmmaker Morgan Neville. Love also will exec produce.

Love was recently featured in the Oscar nominated docu film Twenty Feet From Stardom directed by Neville, which puts a spotlight on backup singers for some of music’s biggest acts. OWN also has licensed the first broadcast window to air Twenty Feet From Stardom beginning in 2015. Read More »

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ABC Sued By Ex-‘One Life To Live’ Scribe For Online Royalties

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 12:36pm PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEOnce again, soap opera lawsuits are vexing ABC. Having been hit with a now $125 million breach of contract suit by Prospect Park over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live, the network also faces a legal action from one of the soaps’ former writers. Requesting a trial and claiming he is owed more than $50,000 in royalties from OneLifeToLive_20110707183022-300x225OLTL being played on iTunes, Hulu and OWN, Allison “Sam” Hall this week slapped ABC with a complaint in New York Supreme Court (read it here). Hall served as co-lead writer on OLTL from November 1984 to mid-1985. Because he “created and developed the story line and numerous characters in the series,” Hall says his deal with the network ensured that he would be paid weekly royalties of $1,000 a week “as long as the ONE LIFE TO LIVE series is broadcast.”

Related: Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwantinetz Takes Company To Court

OLTL ceased airing on ABC in early January 2012 but the network had licensed the show in late 2011 to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz’s Prospect Park for new online episodes as well as a 10-week showing on OWN. Those 30-minutes episodes launched in April of last year. Though the new digital OLTL was suspended after 40 episodes and PP and ABC have been locked in a legal battle over alleged broken agreements and claims of sabotage since last spring. Read More »

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TCA: OWN Sneak Peeks Lindsay Lohan Docu-Series

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 10:19am PST

TCADeadline__140109155905TV critics attending Winter TV Press Tour 2014 got a sneak peek at LindsayOWN’s upcoming Lindsay Lohan  docu-series set to premiere March 9. “There’s nothing left in 2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 1having a drink for me. There’s no party I haven’t gone to, nobody I haven’t hung out with, no situation I haven’t been exposed to,” Lohan tells the camera as she swans here and there. “I don’t want them following me to an AA meeting,” she says of the paparazzi. Asked if she feels like a prisoner, she responds, “Yes – all the time.”

Related: OWN Sets Lindsay Lohan Reality Series Premiere For March 9

Cut to Mom and Dad Lohan showing up for their close-ups. Mom is thrilled to have a camera trained on her as she gushes how happy she is that Lindsay is back in New York. Dad is the catalyst for one of those classic Lindsay “thing in my head says, ‘Oh, it’s time to sabotage” moment. Read More »

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OWN Orders Another Tyler Perry Scripted Series, Sets Lindsay Lohan Reality Series Premiere For March 9

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 8:40am PST
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OWN_logo-2__130529151034-200x109On the heels of the record-breaking Season 2 premiere of Tyler Perry’s OWN drama series The Have And The Have Nots, Oprah Winfrey‘s network has picked up the fourth Tyler Perry series and second drama in its collaboration with the prolific writer-producer-director, announcing Single Moms Club based on his upcoming feature film will premiere in the fall. The one-hour drama, which centers on a group of single women from tyler-perrys-the-single-moms-club-trailer-christal_rockdifferent walks of life who form a support group following an incident at their children’s school, is written, directed and produced by Perry as part of his producing deal with OWN. The first two series under the pact, drama The Have And Have Nots and comedy  Love Thy Neighbor, have helped OWN’s ratings turnaround  –  most recently, the Season 2 debut of The Haves And The Have Nots smashed its own ratings and viewership records Tuesday with 2.8 million tuning in — making it the No. 1 season premiere in OWN’s 3-year-plus history and the third-most-watched program ever on the network. (OWN also picked up a third season of Perry’s comedy For Better Or Worse, which started on TBS.) Lionsght_lindsay_lohan_oprah_winfreyate releases the Single Moms Club feature on March 14 with Perry and Nia Long starring. (watch trailer below) OWN today also set a premiere date for Lindsay, the eight-part reality series starring Lindsay Lohan, who brokered the series along with a post-rehab interview special on Oprah’s Next Chapter back in July. Lindsay will follow the actress’ life after that rehab stint and premieres March 9 at 10 PM.

OWN also said today that Deion’s Family Playbook, which follows the family life of former NFL star Deion Sanders, will premiere March 1 at 10 PM, and Love In The City, about four friends living in New York, will debut April 12 at 10 PM. Here is the network’s descriptions of the new shows: Read More »

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OWN’s ‘The Haves & The Have Nots’ Returns With Series & Network High

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 12:56pm PST

unnamedThe Season 2 debut of Tyler Perry’s drama smashed its own ratings and viewership records last night with 2.8 million tuning in for The Haves And The Have Nots. That’s a 57% leap up from the 1.77 million who watched the … Read More »

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OWN Licenses Weinstein Co’s ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’

By | Monday December 30, 2013 @ 11:32am PST

mandela5Oprah Winfrey Network has secured the network television rights to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom from The Weinstein Company, the network announced this morning.

OWN has licensed the first broadcast window, behind pay TV, starting in 2017. The movie, … Read More »

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British Indie Nerd TV To Set Up Shop In Los Angeles

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 2:03am PST

British independent production company Nerd TV specializes in documentaries and non-scripted entertainment. Its LA-based operation will open this month following commissions from OWN, Discovery and A+E. The office will be managed by … Read More »

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OWN Acquires ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 10:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There will be even more Oprah Winfrey on OWN — the network has picked up the network television rights to Lee Daniels’ The Butler, toplined by OWN’s CEO and star Winfrey … Read More »

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OWN Hits Wednesday High With Tyler Perry’s ‘For Better Or Worse’ Debut

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 4:52pm PDT

Turns out Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse is definitely the former and not the latter on its new home on OWN. Having left TBS and moved over to OWN now, the Season 3 premiere of the Perry produced and directed sitcom gave the Oprah Winfrey Network its most watched Wednesday night in the outlet’s almost three-year history with 1.124 million. That was driven mostly by the 9 PM third cycle debut drew 1.5 million total viewers and the 9:30 PM episode pulled in 1.6 million viewers with 1.23 and 1.29 ratings respectively among women 25-54. The previous Wednesday high for OWN was May 29, 2013 when the network got 1.092 million. That was the same night Perry’s comedy Love Thy Neighbor debuted on OWN. For Better Or Worse joins Perry’s drama The Haves And The Have Nots as well as Love Thy Neighbor on the network.

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OWN Doubles Order For Tyler Perry’s ‘Love Thy Neighbor’
OWN’s ‘The Haves & The Have Nots’ Finale Hits Highs
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Oprah: OWN “Too Serious” In Beginning

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 8:42am PDT

We all know that OWN is rebounding because of the soaps and Tyler Perry. But Oprah Winfrey said in an interview with New York magazine that her network’s early ratings struggles came because it was “too … Read More »

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OWN’s ‘The Haves & The Have Nots’ Finale Hits Highs, TNT’s ‘Cold Justice’ Debuts Strong

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 2:42pm PDT

Tyler Perry’s freshman drama shattered its ratings and viewership records on OWN last night with 2.6 million tuning in for The Haves And The Have Nots finale. The show received a 2.21 rating in women 25-54, also its best result so far. Viewership-wise, that’s up from the 1.77 million who watched the show’s 9 PM premiere on May 28 and up from its debut’s 1.57 rating in women 25-54. That debut was the best launch in OWN’s nearly three-year history. Tuesday’s Haves And The Have Nots was the third most watched telecast in OWN history, bested only by interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina and the Lance Armstrong episodes of Oprah’s Next Chapter which had 3.5 million and 3.2 million viewers, respectively. The network doubled its order of The Haves And The Have Nots to 32 episodes in late June. It then added four more episodes to that order on August 21. The series about the rich Cryer family and their hired help returns to the Oprah Winfrey Network in January next year. Read More »

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OWN Doubles Order For Tyler Perry’s ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ & Adds More ‘Have And Have Nots’

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 2:03pm PDT

Just under two months after they ordered 16 more episodes of the freshman Tyler Perry-produced drama The Haves And The Have Nots, OWN today doubled the episodes it wants for his other show Love Thy Read More »

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OWN’s ‘Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s’ & ‘Oprah: Where Are They Now?’ Return With Highs

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 1:46pm PDT

Not only is OWN now turning a profit but the Oprah Winfrey Network saw some returning shows hit series highs this weekend. Season 3 of docu-series Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s debuted on July 27 to … Read More »

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