OWN Solidifies Summer Schedule, Neil Patrick Harris Appearing on 'Oprah's Next Chapter'
The Oprah Winfrey Network announced its official summer lineup on Friday, including six new series and new episodes of Oprah's Next Chapter and Our America With Lisa Ling.
Next Chapter, which has given OWN its biggest ratings wins since the network launch in 2011, will feature Winfrey visiting How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris in his Los Angeles home, where she'll meet his fraternal twin babies. She'll also head to Brazil to meet with a faith healer and "psychic surgeon." The host will watch his controversial procedures as they're performed without anesthesia or sterilization.
Ling's Our America returns June 10. The journalist's latest cultural exposés include episodes highlighting pregnant teenagers, swingers and the lives of nuns.
The network is using the summer to launch new series Are You Normal, America? (June 4 with a June 3 sneak peak) Lives On Fire (June 8), Lovetown, USA (August), Million Dollar Neighborhood (June 9), Real Life: The Musical (June 9) and Super Saver Showdown (July).
“Our new summer series have a common thread of being fun, entertaining and meaningful,” said OWN president Sheri Salata. “It’s important to give the audience programming that makes them feel good, or provides them with inspiration in their own lives.”
OWN's ratings have grown of late, posting 14 percent gains among women 25-54 in primetime since the start of the year and growing 9 percent among total viewers. The network has found particular success with Winfrey's high profile interviews with the subjects such as motivational speaker Tony Robbins, pastor Joel Osteen and the late Whitney Houston's family.
Take a look at the full summer schedule below:
Fridays (beginning June 8)
9 p.m. - Lives on Fire
Saturdays (beginning June 9)
9 p.m. - Million Dollar Neighborhood
10 p.m. - Real Life: The Musical
9 p.m. - Oprah’s Next Chapter
10 p.m. - Our America with Lisa Ling (returns June 10)
Mondays (beginning June 4)
9 p.m. - Are You Normal, America? (sneak preview after Oprah’s Next Chapter, Sunday June 3 at 10 p.m.)