Oprah's OWN Network Announces Six New Series

7:40 AM PST 04/14/2011 by Lindsay Powers
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The net – which also renewed four series - is also launching a partnership with Oprah.com and Flipboard.

Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network announced four series pick ups and six new series Thursday ahead of its upfront presentation, totaling more than 60 hours of TV.

Shows returning include: Ask Oprah's All Stars (six episodes), In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman (six episodes), Enough Already! With Peter Walsh (six episodes), Oprah Presents Master Class (eight episodes), and the previously announced Our America With Lisa Ling.

New series are Confronting…, about the mediation process between a victim and offender (produced by Relativity Real); I Owe You My Life, which chronicles real-life heroes (produced by Skip Film); Louie Spencer Dance Project , a reality show about a choreographer who has worked with Mariah Carey (produced by Kinetic Content); My Mom and Me, which examines unusual mom-daughter relationships with a therapist (Firecracker Films); Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal, about couples struggling with infidelity (True Entertainment); and Sweetie Pies, a docu-series about former backup dancer Robbie Montgomery opening a second location of her New York restaurant (Pilgrim Films & Television).
 
“After four months on the air it’s great to be able to renew series that connected with our audience,” says Christina Norman, chief executive officer, OWN, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday about how Oprah's ratings are affected by Twitter.  “Our new shows will continue to bring viewers more compelling characters sharing their real life journeys that entertain, engage and inspire.”

“We’re excited to give our audience more of what they love along with new series that are fun and relatable,” adds Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer, OWN.  “We guarantee each new show will get viewers talking."

The net also announced an iPad partnership between Flipboard.com and Oprah.com. Flipboard will have a dedicated section on their front page featuring exclusive content and videos from O magazine and her last season on air.

“What we’ve announced today is a first for Flipboard and an exciting step toward connecting Flipboard readers to the globally admired content from Oprah,” says Mike McCue, CEO and Co-founder of Flipboard.  “We’ve been honored to work with her team to create a truly integrated experience that gives Oprah’s audience a way to enjoy her stories and easily share and comment on the things that inspire them everyday.”      

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