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Iyanla Vanzant Will Fix Your Life In Primetime On OWN (Network Greenlights 4 New Series)

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by Courtney
April 5, 2012 11:53 AM
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4 new primetime unscripted series greenlit by Oprah Winfrey's OWN. Are there any scripted series on OWN?

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.

Here's the breakdown of the 4 new series:

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?”).

ELURA AND MICHELE TAKE STATEN ISLAND

Meet Elura and Michele, two-fast talking best friends from Staten Island. They might look like your ordinary housewives, but they happen to be former prosecutors who know how to tell it like it is. Everyone has a problem, and it turns out, Elura and Michele are pros at telling people what to do. Whether it’s their crazy Staten Island families, or clients who pay for their mediation services, Elura and Michele are not afraid to get in the middle of things. Produced by Picture Shack Entertainment, and executive produced by George Plamondon and Betsy Schechter.

IYANLA FIX MY LIFE

Iyanla Vanzant is an accomplished author, inspirational speaker, talk show host, and living testament to the value in life’s valleys and the power of acting on faith. Iyanla has had a unique life filled with many personal struggles that she has overcome and used to become stronger. Now Iyanla is back, fixing lives and using her past to help others’ futures. Secrets will be revealed, truths will be uncovered and emotions will come out as Iyanla teaches us how to pull back the curtain on what is broken in our lives. Produced by Harpo Studios. Executive producers are Jon Sinclair and Jill Van Lokeren.

MARRIED TO THE ARMY: ALASKA

Alaska is home to more than 10,000 active-duty soldiers, about 7,500 of whom are currently deployed in Afghanistan. The war in Iraq may be over, but for those families whose loved ones are still gone, life is challenging, especially in “the last frontier,” an assignment the military considers as demanding as an “overseas” post. For the women whose husbands serve in the US Army, “deployment” is not just an abstract word heard on the evening news. It’s real, it’s tough, and it turns their world upside down. Military wives find themselves in a unique sisterhood that only they can understand. Produced by 44 Blue Productions. The executive producer is Stephanie Drachkovitch.

SIX LITTLE MCGHEES (working title)

“Six Little McGhees” follows the inspirational lives of Mia and Rozonno McGhee as they juggle marriage, a family business, and six adorable toddlers! High school sweethearts who banded together to rise above their impoverished roots, Mia and Ro never imagined that they would be blessed with Columbus, Ohio’s first sextuplets. Together, with an unconventional army of volunteers, they prove that with a lot of love and a little support, anyone can beat the odds. “Six Little McGhees” is produced by Candor Entertainment, in conjunction with Discovery Fit & Health and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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5 Comments

  • Miles Ellison | May 19, 2013 8:21 PMReply

    This all looks like garbage.

  • Jenae Saulsby | May 19, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    Iyanla you have one of the best reality shows on the air. It's great to see a woman sending a posistive message on the air.

  • ericka | May 30, 2012 1:48 AMReply

    sometimes its hard to reach out and admit you need help. to do so, and to do it on national tv, requires alot of courage to put your imperfections and mistakes out for all the world to see. but you never know when someone will see your story and say to themselves "wow that person sounds alot like me" and maybe even learn something from you or about themselves. personally my life is so screwed up i wonder if anyone could help me turn it around. i dont even know if i will see my 40th birthday at the rate i am going. if airing my shortcomings and mistakes and failures in life could help even one person, i would feel that it was worth it.

  • lgmh | April 5, 2012 5:42 PMReply

    and when they are n BASIC cable...I will check them out. I glimpsed the cooking show from the girl who triumphed on the Win Your OWN Show series. and it was terrific! but...THIS IS NOT "MUST PAY TV." HBO maybe...showtime. But come ON!

  • JMac | April 5, 2012 1:57 PMReply

    First one sounds like Family Feud. Rest are more of the same [although nice they are following a black couple with multiple babies - hopefully won't turn into a circus] but looking forward to Iyanla's show.

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