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For some time now we’ve known about Lindsay Lohan’s docu series coming to OWN. And while people attempted to warn Oprah that Lindsay was going to cause problems for her, she forged ahead. In their “Next Chapter,” sit down, Oprah told Lohan that she believes in her talent and is rooting for her. So perhaps, in that spirit, she decided to give Lindsay an opportunity to, as Oprah would say, “tell her truth.”
But in the trailer for the series that will air this Sunday, Lohan is up to her old stunts and shenanigans, canceling shoot dates, having minor freak outs and then when Oprah’s crew asks her Sober Coach whether or not he believes Lindsay is substance free, he hesitates before simply sighing.
But ish gets real when Mama O makes a special trip to speak to Lohan about her behavior. She says:
Oprah: My truth is that I really do want you to win. I really do. If that isn’t what you want, I’m ok with that. I will tell these guys to pack up and leave today.
Lindsay: No it’s not that I’m not ready to do that. I do want to.
Oprah: You need to cut the bullshit, you really do.
Church stomp and an amen. Hopefully, Lindsay will be able to receive the message this time around.
Check out the trailer in the video below.
The series premiere of Lindsay airs Sunday, March 9, at 10/9c only on OWN.
Will you watch?
When The Haves and The Have Nots first came on TV in 2013, I had an inkling that it would do well, what with Tyler Perry’s large fan base and what not. But who knew it would be the ratings juggernaut that it has been for OWN? It’s the channel’s most successful show, and one of the reasons that the channel was able to morph from the ball of confusion to success so fast. But one person who wasn’t so sure about the show initially is Tika Sumpter, the actual star of The Haves and The Have Nots.
In an interview with Tyler Perry for his new talk show (which will actually just be a 3-week special), he recounts the time he called her up and had her in mind for the role of Candace Young, only to be told ‘no.’ But according to Sumpter, she actually told him she needed to think about it for a while because she wanted to make the best decision for her career:
Perry: When I called you to do this show you were like, uh…let me think about it. You said no.
Sumpter: I didn’t say no, I said ‘Let me think about it.’
Perry: Well when you tell Tyler Perry “Let me think about it,” that’s no.
Sumpter: No! I think as a performer, as an artist, as a businesswoman, you gotta figure out what’s best for you. I think you would do the same thing. You would say, “I’m not sure…yet.”
Perry: Let me ask you this, are you sure now?
Sumpter: I’m very sure now…
Perry: Let’s go back to what I was just asking you about, with you saying no, and me having to get Oprah to call you.
Sumpter: Oprah did call me, she called me twice actually.
Perry: Let’s talk about that conversation.
Sumpter: Well you called me with her first. When you get a call from Oprah, the first time, it’s just kind of–you go blank. It’s noise in your ear. Like, what is happening right now? And I’m like, “I can’t hear you.” I was at an awards show, people were loud. I wanted to say, “Oprah’s on the phone, shut up!” She was like, “I’ll call you back.” And then she called me and I was in the car and she just said, make sure that when I do make a decision, it’s not the white noise trying to tell me what to do. I’m really the captain of my own ship.
Perry: Yeah, let’s be clear, she wasn’t trying to talk you into it, she just wanted you to really think about it. As did I.
Sumpter: She said “Honey, I don’t talk anybody into doing anything they don’t want to do. But I feel special about this one.”
Perry: And she was right.
Sumpter: She was right.
She definitely was right, because folks are flocking to OWN to get their weekly dose of drama with this show. And Sumpter clearly made a good decision for her career.
But what do you think? Was she right to not immediately jump at the chance to work with Perry on the show? Check out their conversation below and share your thoughts.
Oprah’s OWN Celebrates Its Most-Watched Month; Fastest Growing Cable Network For Women Ages 25-To-54
After years of struggling to lure viewers, Oprah’s OWN pulled off the most-watched month in network history in primetime for February, reports EURWeb. It attracted 538,000 total viewers. And Winfrey has her deal with Tyler Perry to thank in part.
February marked a six-month high for OWN’s viewership in the women aged 25-54 demo, with an increase of 11 percent in comparison to January. And it was a boost of an incredible 86 percent from the previous year. All this makes OWN the fastest-growing cable network for this viewer group.
It was Perry’s programs that pumped up the ratings. His OWN drama The Haves and the Have Nots is cable’s most-watched show on Tuesday nights. And it is also the No. 1 original cable series that African-Americans tune in to watch. The Haves and the Have Nots is also one of the top 10 original primetime series overall on ad-supported cable networks among this female group. This makes OWN Tuesday nights the No. 2 cable network for that demo, almost tying with TBS.
Perry’s comedy series Love Thy Neighbor was Wednesday night’s No. 1 original cable series for African-American women ages 25-to-54 and for total viewers, also helping OWN win the ratings war.
Perry’s OWN programs got some help from the second season of Kym Whitley’s reality series Raising Whitley and the new reality show Mom’s Got Game, featuring former WNBA player Pamela McGee and her son, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee. They are Saturday night’s top two original series for African-American women ages 25-to-54.
Have you been tuning in?
At this point it would be safe to say Oprah has found her golden ticket in Tyler Perry and she will be damned if she lets him go. Ever.
Yesterday, Tyler posted the pic above on Twitter, along with this major television announcement:
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) February 18, 2014
Apparently, the writer/director/producer/playwright/actor will now be adding talk show host to his long list of titles, thanks to his major success on the Oprah Winfrey Network during the past year. Actually, it wasn’t even a full year ago that we announced Oprah and Tyler’s first television projects on OWN: The Haves and The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. The Haves and The Have Nots debuted May 28, 2013 and became OWN’s highest-rated series debut ever, which led to the network doubling the series, and ending season 1 as the most-watched scripted telecast on OWN ever with 2 million viewers. Love Thy Neighbor fell right behind in second place in terms of debut viewership, which is why we weren’t totally surprised when Oprah announced a third series from TP: “Single Mom’s Club,” based on the feature film by the same name hitting theaters in March.
This talk show, though, is an entirely different beast and we’re kinda shocked it’s happening so soon. But when you have a cash cow like Tyler Perry finally making your network profitable three years into its existence, I’m sure you want to milk it for all it’s worth.
What do you think about the Tyler Perry Show concept? Any speculation on what type of show it’ll be?
Dang, who knew?!
Looks like Iyanla Vanzant needed someone to fix her.
On “Super Soul Sunday” on OWN, Vanzant sits down with her mentor, Oprah Winfrey, to talk about everything from her suicide attempt to the first time she saw God.
Check out the clip of “Super Soul Sunday” at EurWeb.com
People really turned their noses up when Oprah first launched O Magazine. Not because it didn’t make sense for her to have a print publication, but because she let it be known that she was going to the celebrity on the cover…every issue, every month. Sometimes she’s appeared with others (i.e. Ellen and Michelle Obama) but Oprah is the face of that thang.
But all of that might be coming to an end. According to the New York Post, Hearst employees say Lady O is tired of shooting the O covers and is going to retire from them soon. Even though Winfrey usually knocks out three issues in one day, it might be getting to be too much with all the involvement she still has in the programming and daily operation of OWN.
Now editors are trying to come up with ideas for how they’ll proceed with the new covers. One idea includes decorating big letter O’s depending on the month.
Hmm…hopefully there’s more to that idea.
Anyway, do you think it’s time for Oprah to step away from the covers or do you think her cover absence will negatively affect sales?
But on another note, Oprah is giving so much with this side braid and fitted, white dress. We dig it.
Deion Sanders & Tracey Edmonds’ New Reality Show, ‘Deion’s Family Playbook,’ To Make OWN Debut In March
Now that all of the child custody and divorce drama is out of the way, it looks like Deion Sanders is ready to return to the world of reality TV. The former NFL star is gearing up to star in a new OWN reality series alongside his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, and his children. Deion began tweeting about the new show, which is titled “Deion’s Family Playbook” earlier this week.
According to an OWN press release about the series, which was previously titled “It’s Prime’s Time,” will highlight Deion’s life as a father, football legend and entrepreneur.
“‘It’s Prime’s Time’ (working title) is the hilarious and compelling real life story of Deion Sanders, the football legend, baseball great, broadcaster, Hall of Famer, international superstar, businessman, educator and father, as he strives to keep all the facets of his complicated, crazy and chaotic life in balance and under control,” the press release reads.
“Deion faces the challenges of raising his five children in a household that also includes his mother, her foster children and his aunt and uncle, while guiding the future of Prime Prep Academy, the charter school he created to try to make a lasting impact on the lives of children in under served areas. He plays the role of father, leader, bread-winner, coach and teacher for everyone around him. And in those rare instances when he gets a little overwhelmed, his girlfriend, producer and businesswoman Tracey Edmonds, who has two sons of her own, is there to help pick up the slack.”
According to the San Antonio Express, the series is scheduled to debut on OWN March 1.
Will you be tuning in?
When you’ve found your groove, it only makes sense to stick with it. And that’s exactly what Oprah’s doing. Now that she’s realized Tyler’s shows and movies do well for her network, she’s trying to get her hands on all of them.
OWN recently announced their fall 2014 lineup and in addition to “Lindsay” the Lindsay Lohan docuseries, “Deion’s Family Playbook” and “Love in the City,” “Single Moms Club,” the series, based on the upcoming feature film, will hit the small screen.
Like the movie, the drama series will focus on a group of single women from different backgrounds who form a bond following an incident at their children’s school. The women use each other as a source of support and find ways to incorporate levity in life’s inevitable obstacles. As you might assume, “Single Moms Club” is written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry and produced again by Tyler Perry Studios. I kid you not.
The man doesn’t sleep.
I was the lone person in my office who thought the Single Moms movie might not be too bad, so I can see how this would work for the network. But seeing as how my coworkers looked at me like I had a third eye, when I expressed this opinion, it could also flop. You know, since everyone doesn’t share my sentiments. Only time will tell.
What do you think about the Single Moms concept in general? Do you have any interest in the movie? Will you check out the series on OWN?
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network has acquired the broadcast rights to the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The film chronicles the life of the late South African leader’s education, struggles and imprisonment before taking on presidency and rebuilding the country. British stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris portray Mandela and his wife, Winnie Mandela, in the film.
“We couldn’t be more honored to showcase this powerful film to the OWN viewers. Nelson Mandela was Oprah’s hero, and ultimately, the inspiration behind Oprah’s school in South Africa,” said OWN president Erik Logan. “His story of forgiveness and redemption is a gift not only to the people he touched, but to the world.”
You can read more about the OWN premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom on ESSENCE.com.
This has been a very good year for Oprah Winfrey. Her OWN Network is seeing some of its highest ratings thanks to some hit Tyler Perry shows, and she’s literally getting Oscar buzz, New York Times shine and the cover of Hollywood Reporter for her work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. But with some of her biggest non-talk show success comes some of her biggest detractors, and many of them have come out of the woodworks as The Queen of Talk has become more talkative and outspoken than ever about her experiences and the reality of racism. Check out some of the D-listers, sore losers and professional haters who threw shade at Oprah Winfrey this year.