10:24am PT by Kate Stanhope
OWN Orders Primetime Talk Show Starring Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run
School is in session on OWN.
The network has ordered a new unscripted primetime series starring Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run, OWN announced Thursday.
Following their New York Times best-selling collaboration Man-ology, the duo bring "man school" to TV as they share everything viewers need to know about men and love.
An ordained minister and married father of six, Rev Run (real name Joseph Simmons), and Tyrese, a single father, will be joined by a primetime studio audience as well as celebrity guests. Viewers will also get the chance to ask the hosts intimate questions about men, relationships, marriage and sex via social media.
OWN has ordered eight episodes of the weekly series, which will debut in early 2016. The untitled project hails from CBS Television Distribution in association with Voltron Pictures and Simmons/Lehman Productions. Creator Eric Pankowski will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Gibson, Simmons, Jerome Martin, Isabella Castro and Michael Lehman.
"When Rev Run, Tyrese and CBS came to us with the idea of a primetime series we were energized by the chance to bring OWN viewers something fresh and entertainingly real in the 'love space,'" said OWN president Sheri Salata. "We can't wait to turn them loose — enlightening us all about what makes men tick."
"We are thrilled to be in business with OWN on our first original production for the network," said Scott Koondel, CBS' exec vp and chief licensing officer. "Combining the enormous popularity of Tyrese and Rev Run with engaging topics like love and relationships will make a very entertaining hour for viewers."
Best known for his role in the Fast & Furious franchise, Gibson is also the author of the best-seller How to Get Out of Your Own Way and will release his latest solo album in July. He is repped by JME Management and Sloane Offer.
Rev Run, a founding member of Run DMC, has also authored several best-selling books Take Back Your Family: How to Raise Respectful and Loving Kids in a Dysfunctional World, and Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith. In recent years, Run has become a popular fixture in reality TV, starring in MTV's Run's House, the spinoff Daddy's Girls; Rev Run's Renovation on HGTV and DIY Network; Rev Run's Sunday Suppers on The Cooking Channel; and Rev Run Around the World Adventures, which debuts on the Travel Channel later this year. He is repped by WME and Michael Lehman.