via press release:
|ACTRESS AND COMEDIENNE KYM WHITLEY RETURNS
WITH ALL-NEW EPISODES OF HIT DOCU-SERIES
“RAISING WHITLEY” ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
NEW EPISODES SHOWCASE KYM WHITLEY AS A WORKING MOTHER AND
HER QUEST TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILDHOOD ALLERGIES
Series Favorite to Premiere Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
NEW YORK, NY - December 30, 2013 – Actress and comedienne Kym Whitley, known for her larger than life personality and hilarious roles in movies and film alike, returns with all-new episodes of her hit docu-series, “Raising Whitley” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
Kym’s accomplished career never prepared her for the phone call of a lifetime. While mentoring a troubled young girl, Kym received a call from the hospital saying, “Your baby is ready.” After learning that the girl left the maternity ward leaving her four-day-old baby and only Kym’s contact information, Kym was faced with making a life-changing decision – to become a mother.
During the first season of “Raising Whitley,” viewers watched as Kym experienced the first steps of motherhood and understanding her unconditional love for her heaven-sent gift, Joshua. From experiencing his first haircut to finding a nanny, Kym had her hands full for the first cycle of her docu-series. In addition, cameras followed Kym and her riotous collective of friends – whom she calls "The Village” – who banded together to do something none of them have ever done before: raise Joshua…together. “Raising Whitley” proved to be an instant hit with viewers, drawing in over 1.2 million viewers for the series premiere in April 2013, making it the fifth biggest premiere in the history of the OWN network.
In all-new episodes premiering January 4, 2013, Kym adjusts to life with a new tenant taking up all the “Man-space” in her house, Joshua’s adoptive dad Rodney. Joshua, now two and a half, is no longer a baby, and Kym faces new challenges and milestones like potty training and Joshua’s first swimming lessons as she balances her busy acting career.
Viewers will get an inside look into Kym’s quest to raise awareness of childhood allergies. Not knowing Joshua’s full medical history, a nanny mistakenly fed Joshua peanut butter. As Joshua could not communicate his allergies at such a young age, the incident inspired Kym to create the “Don’t Feed Me” allergy awareness t-shirts and care packs, where parents can write the child’s name and fill in their food allergies; making it easier for childcare providers to identify.
Kym Whitley’s vast array credits include starring alongside some of Hollywood’s elite such as Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston, Jim Carrey, Ice Cube and Eddie Murphy in box office hits including “Next Friday,” “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” “Fun with Dick and Jane,” “Along Came Polly,” “Rango” and “We Bought a Zoo.” Most recently as a guest star, she appeared on the popular show “2 Broke Girls,” as well as other fan favorites including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “My Wife and Kids” and “The Cleveland Show.”
Continuing to spread laughter, Kym’s current comical roles on television include the voice of “Honeybee” on “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, “Mrs. Margaret Jensen” on ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy,” and Charmaine on BET’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
"Raising Whitley" airs on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, is produced by Pilgrim Studios and executive produced by Craig Piligian, Melodie Calvert and Kym Whitley.