OWN Orders Pair of Reality Series About 'Basketball Wives' Star and a Father of 34
The network also ups episode orders for a trio of other reality series, including 'Welcome to Sweetie Pie's.'
With so much recent news on the scripted front, the Oprah Winfrey Network's upfront slate is largely focused on its unscripted bread and butter — with two series pickups, additional episode orders and news on who will appear in the next batch of Oprah's Master Class.
Series orders include a spinoff of Saturday mainstay Iyanla: Fix My Life and a reality show following Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada. Additionally, Deion's Family Playbook, Flex & Shanice and Welcome to Sweetie Pie's will each see additional episodes tacked onto their upcoming seasons.
The Iyanla spinoff follows recent recurring subject Jay Williams. The Atlanta resident claims to have fathered 34 children with 17 different woman, and the series will chronicle his attempt to put that extremely messy situation in order. Iyanla Vanzant is taking part in the series, produced by OWN and Evolution Media, in an attempt to aid his self-betterment.
Lozada's series, tentatively titled Evelyn, seems to be a more traditional reality series — with the Basketball Wives alum living in Los Angeles and tackling motherhood to a 21-year-old and a newborn. (The basketball husband in this scenario is her fiance, baseball player and L.A. Dodger Carl Crawford.) Shed Media is producing.
Because no OWN news would be complete without Oprah Winfrey herself, flagship Oprah's Master Class has confirmed Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall, Dwayne Johnson and Smokey Robinson are among those appearing in upcoming fifth season.
Though reality occupies most of the real estate on OWN, its scripted efforts have gotten the most attention of late. Tyler Perry's suite of series continues to drive ratings and recently nabbed additional episodes orders for all four series. The network also recently ordered an Ava DuVernay-produced drama based on Natalie Baszile novel Queen Sugar. That project is also being eyed as an acting vehicle for Winfrey, who plans to take on a recurring role.