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Watch Previews Of New OWN Docu-Series 'Raising Whitley' & 'Life With La Toya'

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 6, 2013 11:14 AM
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Life w/ La Toya

Announced yesterday, OWN's new Saturday night programming lineup, which will begin in April, includes the return of the original series Iyanla: Fix My Life and two new original docu-series premieres, Life With La Toya starring La Toya Jackson, and Raising Whitley starring actress and comedienne Kym Whitley.

Life With La Toya premieres Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, and is described as follows:

"Life With La Toya" takes viewers inside the outrageous world of La Toya Jackson - the wild card of one of showbiz's most famous families - as she tackles love, career and maybe even parenthood, all on her own unpredictable terms. The new reality series gets up close and personal as La Toya hunts for a new house, builds new business ventures, contemplates starting a family and perhaps the biggest of all --- jumps into the dating pool for the first time, ever. On board for her new adventures are La Toya's devoted business partner Jeffré, her legendary mom and dad, a pair of meddlesome matchmakers, a magician, a lovelorn lifeguard and La Toya's lifelong best gal-pal Kathy Hilton (yes, Paris' mom). La Toya also opens up about her tumultuous past darkened by an abusive ex-husband, the death of her brother and family feuds.

Raising Whitley premieres Saturday, April 20, 10 p.m. ET/PT, and is described as follows:

"Raising Whitley" is a humorous, poignant new docu-series following actress and comedienne Kym Whitley and her riotous collective of friends - whom she calls "The Village" - as they attempt to do something none of them have ever done before: raise a baby... together. When Kym signed up to mentor a troubled young girl, she never imagined she'd get a call from the hospital saying, "Your baby is ready." After learning that her mentee exited the maternity ward leaving only Kym's contact information, Kym experienced a cataclysmicmoment. With less than an hour to make a life-changing decision - and to do a lifetime of soul-searching - Kym chose to become a mother. The Village banded together to help Kym bring up baby Joshua the best they knowhow, but sometimes it's hard to tell who is more mature - Joshua or the adults tasked with raising him. Over the season, Kym learns the chaotic realities of becoming a full-time mom: She realizes that, while Craigslist may be perfect for finding an old couch, it's not ideal for finding a new nanny; she survives Joshua's first haircut; she gets her groove back on a manhunt with her girlfriends; and she discovers that being "just friends" with Joshua's "daddy" may not be that simple.

Previews of both new series have surfaced and are embedded below; first, Life With La Toya:

And here's the preview for Raising Whitley:

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  • Miles Ellison | March 7, 2013 10:04 PMReply

    You could have stopped reading at "LaToya" and "Riotous collective of friends raising a baby." Oprah is well on her way to creating the next VH-1. The countdown to Independence Day Snapped marathons is around the corner. Stay classy, OWN.

  • Anti-believer | March 6, 2013 9:28 PMReply

    Latoya... I see cancellation very soon.

  • Caryn | March 6, 2013 5:45 PMReply

    Moving....such a beautiful and inspirational story. I know you are a wonderful mommy, Kym!! Can't wait to watch your journey....!

  • LadyJ | March 6, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    Sorry, just can't do it!! Would rather read a book!

  • Anti-believer | March 6, 2013 9:26 PM

    Me too.

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