It's a new year and a new OWN! The network started by Oprah Winfrey two years ago is finally coming into its own (no pun intended). A recent press release details some exciting programming additions for the new year, including the network's first-ever scripted series and ultra-exclusive interviews on OWN's flagship show "Oprah's Next Chapter." (Drew Barrymore, LL Cool J, and Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, are all on tap to sit down with the Queen of Talk.)
Check out five new OWN shows to look forward to in the coming months.
"Golden Sisters"Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia have nothing on these Italian grannies. A sneak peek of this new OWN series aired in December, but get set for more adventures in 2013 from Bronx-born sisters Mary, 81, and twins Teresa and Josie, 73. A series of viral YouTube videos spawned the idea for this riotous reality show, which has these senior siblings doling out their opinions on everything from celebs to sex. (And sometimes both at once; have you seen their reaction to Kim Kardashian's sex tape?) This isn't your grandmother's advice, and the OWN censor button gets a major workout when these ladies lunch. In an interview, big sis Mary dished on the trio's newfound fame: "People are beginning to recognize us…They look at us, and they laugh. So we don't know if it's the Kardashian film or what. It's a little embarrassing."
"Raising Whitley"OWN loves to tail celebs -- Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Shania Twain, and Ryan and Tatum O'Neal all had a docu-series on the network -- so it's no surprise to see another familiar face on the network's reality roster. This time around it's actress and comedienne Kym Whitley ("My Brother and Me," "The Parkers") as she takes on her latest role: Raising her baby son, Joshua, with the help of her eclectic group of pals. It takes a village.
"Dogfellas"Meet a mafia street enforcer with a heart. "Dogfellas" follows James "Head" Guiliani -- onetime confidante of John Gotti -- who now owns Brooklyn's top dog grooming parlor. (An encounter with a stray pooch prompted the career change.) What lies ahead for Head? Let's just say it's more about animals than "associates."
"The Haves And The Have Nots"Longtime Oprah pal Tyler Perry has nabbed two slots on OWN's lineup, producing both a comedy and a drama for the network. Perry's projects also highlight the network's newfound love for scripted programming. The one-hour drama "The Haves and the Have Nots" is set around the rich Cryer family and their maid. (Let the "Downton Abbey" comparisons begin.) The show is based on Perry's 2011 play of the same name.
"Love Thy Neighbor"Tyler Perry's second series, "Love Thy Neighbor," is a comedy set at a neighborhood diner, but it's not exactly "Alice." Instead, this sitcom looks to be more like "Cheers," a place packed with zany regulars, where everybody knows your name. Meanwhile, Discovery Chief Executive David Zaslav recently referred to Perry as "the cherry on top" of OWN's revamp plan and hinted at more series' from the star in the future.
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