Oprah Winfrey Network Announces New & Returning Series
Oprah Winfrey Network announced today new original programming coming to OWN, including four primetime series "Elura and Michele Take Staten Island," "Iyanla Fix My Life," "Married to the Army: Alaska" and "Six Little McGhees." The network has also picked up a third season of "Oprah's Master Class," featuring true modern masters sharing their greatest life lessons, and has ordered ten additional episodes of "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's," the popular family docu-series featuring the heartwarming and hilarious Montgomery family. In addition, producer Barry Poznick and comedienne Kim Coles will be joining OWN as hosts of the upcoming game show "Are You Normal, America?."
"We have solid momentum and are building the network with a strong mix of programs that connect and engage with our audience," said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. "The new series announced today are relevant shows with real stakes, real drama and a whole lot of heart. We look forward to sharing them with our viewers."
"'Oprah's Master Class' and 'Sweetie Pies' have proven to be audience favorites, said Erik Logan, president, OWN. "We're excited about the early success and are pleased to have more episodes coming to OWN."
"Oprah's Master Class" season-to-date average is up triple digits versus year ago numbers in all key demos, and is up double digits versus the season one average across all key demos. "Welcome To Sweetie Pie's," following Miss Robbie and her dynamic family as they run their popular St. Louis soul food restaurant, premiered last fall to such ratingssuccess, that it returned to OWN this spring. The spring premiere (Saturday, March 31 from 9-10 p.m.) garnered theseries' highest rating ever with a .49 in the key female demo (W25-54) and 512,000 viewers, increasing its time period rating double digits in all keydemos.
Veteran TV producer BarryPoznick ("Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader") and comedienne/actress Kim Coles ("Living Single") will host "Are You Normal, America?," coming this summer from Harpo Studios and Zoo Productions. The new primetime game show is based on the popular "Oprah Winfrey Show" segment that asks the universal question "Am I Normal?" On the lively show contestants answer our most burning and sometime embarrassing questions for a chance to win big money.
Descriptions of the new series are as follows:
ARE YOU NORMAL, AMERICA? From Harpo Studios comes the new game show “Are You Normal, America?,” hosted by veteran TV producer Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader”) and comedienne/actress Kim Coles (“Living Single”). Have you ever peeked at your boyfriend’s emails? Or done your household chores naked? Do you and your spouse sleep in separate bedrooms? This lively game show will answer burning questions by using a highly scientific and deeply revealing poll, in addition to a “jury” of real Americans, man-on-the-street polling, real life situations shot in the field, and in-studio demonstrations. Each episode will feature contestants who will win big money in their quest to learn if they’re normal or not. Produced by Harpo Studios with Zoo Productions. Executive producers are Jill Van Lokeren and Jon Sinclair from Harpo Studios, as well as Barry Poznick and John Stevens from Zoo Productions (producers of “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”).