You can't say Oprah Winfrey isn't trying! The OWN head honcho Oprah Winfrey is working hard to revamp her fledgling television network, and the next step is the debut of a new lineup of primetime reality shows.
Oprah recently admitted that she blames herself for many of the mistakes that were made in launching OWN, even saying in a "CBS This Morning" interview, "If I was writing a book about it, I could call the book '101 Mistakes.'"
Indeed, even some OWN stars agree with the sentiment that Oprah may have not been ready to launch her network. Former OWN reality star Ryan O'Neal recently told TMZ, "I wish we had known that ... she should have told us."
So what's new at Oprah's network?
First up, how normal are you? OWN dares to ask that question in the form of a new game show called "Are You Normal, America?" The show will feature a poll with questions about personal habits. (Sample question: Have you ever done your household chores while naked?) Barry Poznick and Kim Coles will host the show.
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" have nothing on Elura and Michele. The Staten Island BFFs are former prosecutors who are full of advice -- whether you want it or not -- on the show "Elura and Michele Take Staten Island." These ladies also have a little pre-OWN YouTube thing going. You can see Elura and Michele in action here.
And another look at housewife life comes via "Married to the Army: Alaska," a docuseries that will focus on the lives of military families in Alaska.
If you need a quick fix, Iyanla Vanzant is ready to help. The inspirational speaker will host "Iylana Fix My Life." Vanzant calls the series "a workshop" and said she doesn't think of it as a television show. She also disses the show's title, reiterating that she can't promise to "fix" anything. Healing? Now that's what she does! You can check out Iyanla as she talks about her new show here.
And move over, Gosselins! Jon and Kate's eight are so three years ago. While several other "big family" reality shows have cropped up, there's always room for one more -- or six! The latest is "Six Little McGhees," which follows the lives of Mia and Rozonno McGhee and their sextuplets.
Meanwhile, a look at these up and coming OWN series' makes it appear that the unscripted route is the wave of OWN's future. At least for now.
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