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OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERES
Emmy-Winning “Super Soul Sunday” Moves to Primetime on October 4 With New Guests Including President Jimmy Carter and Shonda Rhimes
“Oprah’s Master Class” to Feature Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Smokey Robinson, Jeff Bridges, James Taylor and Patti LaBelle
New Episodes of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” Features Updates With Chaz Bono, MacKenzie Phillips, Candace Cameron, J.R. Martinez and More
Seven-Night Landmark Television Event “Belief” Airs October 18-24
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the network’s fall premiere schedule, which includes the seven-night landmark television event “Belief” (Oct. 18-24) plus all-new episodes and seasons of returning favorites beginning this September.
“Oprah’s Master Class” returns for its fifth season on Sunday, October 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with handpicked masters including Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Smokey Robinson, Jeff Bridges, James Taylor and Patti LaBelle.
The fall season kicks off on Friday, September 11 with brand new episodes of Tyler Perry’s comedy series “For Better or Worse” at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. A new season of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” returns on Saturday, September 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with Iyanla’s three-part special premiere followed by the return of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” at 10 p.m. ET/PT with updates on some of our favorite celebrities and newsmakers. New episodes of Tyler Perry’s popular drama “If Loving You Is Wrong” return on Tuesday, September 22 at 10 p.m. (the series will move to its regular time period at 9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, September 29).
On Sunday, October 4, new episodes of the two-time Emmy award-winning “Super Soul Sunday” premieres in its new time period at 7 p.m. ET/PT with guests including President Jimmy Carter, Shonda Rhimes and Dr. BrenéBrown. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the landmark television event series, “Belief,” airs Sunday, October 18-24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
New episodes of family docu-series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (9 p.m. ET/PT) and “Raising Whitley” (10 p.m. ET/PT) return on Saturday, November 14.
Click here for a sneak peek of “Belief” (with embed code):
Fall Schedule (all times ET/PT):
Fridays beginning Sept. 11:
9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For Better or Worse
Saturdays beginning Sept. 19:
9 p.m. Iyanla: Fix My Life
10 p.m. Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Tuesdays beginning Sept. 22:
10 p.m. If Loving You is Wrong
*Series will move to its regular time slot at 9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, September 29
Sundays beginning Oct. 4:
7 p.m. Super Soul Sunday
*Note new time period
Sunday beginning Oct. 18:
8 p.m. Belief
*Television event series will air at 8 p.m. for seven consecutive nights through October 24
Sundays beginning Oct. 25:
8 p.m. Oprah’s Master Class
Saturdays beginning Nov. 14:
9 p.m. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s
10 p.m. Raising Whitley
Detailed show descriptions below:
“FOR BETTER OR WORSE” (#FORBETTER)
Returns Friday, September 11 at 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Comedy “For Better or Worse” from Tyler Perry follows the ups and downs of dating and marriage and centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband of 13 years, Marcus (Michael Jai White). This new season, Keisha (Kiki Haynes) and Richard’s (Kent Faulcon) messy divorce causes tensions among their entire group of friends as well as creates problems for C-Sports. Richard leans heavily on his friendship with Marcus and Angela as he is forced to move in with them during this difficult time. Meanwhile, Joseph (Jason Olive) and Leslie (Crystle Stewart) are settling into life together and begin the harrowing task of planning a wedding. Despite it all, this season delivers more laughs than ever as this cast of characters deal with these uncanny situations in the most eclectic and unconventional ways. The series also stars Brad James and Cocoa Brown. “For Better or Worse” is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.
“IYANLA: FIX MY LIFE” (#FIXMYLIFE)
Returns Saturday, September 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
From pastors leading secret gay lives to a fallen Olympic star to a former model who risked her own health with dangerous butt injections for beauty, spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant tackles many thought-provoking issues on the all-new season of OWN’s award-winning series “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” In eight emotional episodes, Iyanla helps those who are struggling, guiding them toward a new way of living and encouraging them to do the work necessary for real change. Iyanla Vanzant is a bestselling author, spiritual life coach, television host and living testament to the power of acting on faith. Iyanla has lived a unique life filled with personal struggles, which she has overcome and used to do the work in her own life. In her popular OWN series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” Iyanla travels to help people and communities in crisis. Through emotional heart-to-heart conversations and often a dose of tough-love, Iyanla helps individuals confront unresolved issues that are causing turmoil. She coaches guests and gives them the tools to fix their own lives, seeking to break the negative patterns that are preventing true happiness. The series is a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Reality Series. The series is produced by Harpo Studios with executive producers Jill Van Lokeren and Jon Sinclair.
“OPRAH WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” (#WHEREARETHEYNOW)
Returns Saturday, September 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Their stories made headlines across America. “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” rediscovers “Oprah Show” guests who made you laugh and made you cry. Find out where they are now, plus see what has happened to some of the biggest newsmakers of all time, and how their lives changed after sudden fame and notoriety turned their worlds upside down. Upcoming episodes feature updates with a wide variety of newsmakers from all walks of life, including J.R. Martinez, the former U.S. Army soldier who suffered disfiguring injuries while serving in Iraq, yet who went on to co-star in “All My Children” and win Season 13 of “Dancing With The Stars;” Danny Pintauro, the child star of “Who’s The Boss,” and Tracey Gold, the “Growing Pains” star whose battle with anorexia focused a spotlight on the potentially deadly disease. Chaz Bono sits down with Oprah for a one-on-one interview about his life today; former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Holly Madison, now married and a mom, blows the lid off her years living at the Playboy Mansion; MacKenzie Phillips and new “The View” host Candace Cameron share what life is like for them today, and Andre Walker, Oprah’s personal hairdresser for 30 years, reflects on his life and career as he prepares for retirement. Chaz Ebert, widow of celebrated journalist and film critic Roger Ebert, talks about her husband’s legacy and how she keeps his memory alive, and funnyman Tommy Davidson shares his professional reinvention, 25 years after his first big break in the hit sketch comedy series “In Living Color.” Other fascinating updates include Alison Dubois, the woman upon whom the hit series “Medium” was based; “Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach, actresses Debi Mazar and Debbi Morgan; Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings who was shot four times during the melee; singer Amy Grant; beloved coach Mike Ditka; rapper and entrepreneur Master P and his son, actor Romeo Miller. “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” is executive produced by Harpo Studios’ Jill Van Lokeren, Julie Simpson and Veronica Votypka.
“IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG” (#IFLOVINGYOUISWRONG)
Returns Tuesday, September 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Following the season finale of “The Haves and the Have Nots” at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
*Series will move to its regular time period at 9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, 9/29
OWN’s popular drama takes viewers into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle class neighborhood. This season examines what happens when friends and neighbors become the victims of their own lust, anger and misdeeds. The city of Maxine is left reeling as news hits the streets of the birth of Alex’s (Amanda Clayton) interracial baby, proof of her adulterous affair with next-door-neighbor Randal (Eltony Williams). Brad’s (Aiden Turner) rage over his wife’s infidelity, shared by neighbor Marcie’s (Heather Hemmens) disgust of her own husband’s actions, sets both on the destructive path of revenge. Meanwhile, police officer Lushion (Charles Malik Whitfield) begins to uncover the horrific depth of corruption of his former partner, Eddie (Joel Rush, who is intent on delivering his own brand of street justice, aware that he has angered the Colombian mob who will stop at nothing to have him killed. “If Loving You is Wrong” is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.
“SUPER SOUL SUNDAY” (#SUPERSOULSUNDAY)
Returns Sunday, October 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT
*Note new time period
“Super Soul Sunday” is the two-time Emmy award-winning series that delivers timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The series features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world. Episodes this season include President Jimmy Carter, prolific television creator Shonda Rhimes, professor and TED speaker Dr. Brené Brown, women’s rights activist and humanitarian Zainab Salbi, Pastor and education activist Wintley Phipps, human rights activist Bryan Stevenson, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” co-creator Jack Canfield, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin (“The Happiness Project”), groundbreaking psychologist Daniel Goleman (“Emotional Intelligence”), New York Times columnist David Brooks, religious scholar Thomas Moore (“Care of the Soul”) and prison activist and mentor Shaka Senghor (“Writing My Wrongs”). “Super Soul Sunday” is produced by Harpo Studios and executive produced by Tara Montgomery.
Seven Night Television Event Premieres Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Oprah Winfrey presents “Belief,” a landmark television event exploring humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. This groundbreaking original series invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. Traveling to the far reaches of world, and to places cameras have rarely been, “Belief” searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters. From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces, including: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a group of believers seek redemption along the banks of a holy river; a free climber on the side of a mountain who believes there is no greater power than just being present as he climbs without rope; inside the ceremonies of the past as a 21st century woman seeks to find a miracle cure using ancient ceremonial treatments; the quiet of the night as a culture seeks to hang on to its 50,000 year-old history by searching the stars for insight to share with future generations; and, a courtroom and prison where a grieving mother must grapple with forgiveness as she comes face-to-face with her son’s killer. These stories and others will all lead us to ask: “What do you believe?” “Belief” is co-produced by the award-winning production companies Harpo Studios and part2 pictures. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Sheri Salata, Jon Sinclair, David Shadrack Smith, Greg Henry and Kim Woodard.
“OPRAH’S MASTER CLASS” (#MASTERCLASS)
Returns Sunday, October 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
The acclaimed Emmy-nominated series “Oprah’s Master Class,” winner of NAACP and Gracie Awards this year, returns for its fifth season this fall. Featuring unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of entertainers we love, respect and admire, “Oprah’s Master Class” tells the stories you’ve never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, true modern masters share the greatest lessons they’ve learned along the way, including their successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks. From award-winning actors and musicians to groundbreaking icons, this all-new season will include multiple Emmy-winning host Ellen DeGeneres, film legend Robert Duvall, one of the biggest box office draws of all-time Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Grammy Living Legend Award winner Smokey Robinson. Other masters include Oscar-winning actor and musician Jeff Bridges, five-time Grammy Award winner and singer-songwriter James Taylor and Grammy Award-winning songstress and actress Patti LaBelle. “Oprah’s Master Class” is co-produced by the award-winning production companies, Harpo Studios and @radical.media. The series is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Jon Sinclair, Jon Kamen and Justin Wilkes.
“WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S” (#SWEETIEPIES)
Returns Saturday, November 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
When Robbie Montgomery’s lung collapsed, the 1960’s backup singer and former Ikette had to find another career. So she whipped out her mother’s recipes and focused on her second love, cooking. She opened her first soul food restaurant, Sweetie Pie’s, in 1996, and with the help of her son, Tim, and the rest of her family, they now have four Sweetie Pie’s locations in St. Louis. On an all-new season of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” Miss Robbie and Tim are taking their soul food empire to the stars and fanfare of Los Angeles, where they are opening a fifth restaurant. Tim has brought an all-star team across the country to help bring Sweetie Pie’s signature style and flavor to this big-time city, but not everyone will play nice. Living in the home of show business has also re-lit Miss Robbie’s musical fire, and she is as determined as ever to get a new song recorded. With Hollywood just down the street, you never know who may stop in to get their taste of the world famous “Sweetie Pie’s” kitchen. This docu-series follows the fun-loving, musical Montgomery family through its highs and lows as they work to expand their soul food empire. “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” is produced by Pilgrim Studios. Executive producers are Craig Piligian, Melodie Calvert, Jeff Keane, Tim Breitbach and Steve Luebbert.
“RAISING WHITLEY” (#RAISINGWHITLEY)
Returns Saturday, November 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
“Raising Whitley” is a humorous, poignant docu-series following actress and comedienne Kym Whitley and her riotous collective of friends – whom she calls “The Village” – as they attempt to do something none of them have ever done before: raise a child…together. The Village bands together to help Kym bring up Joshua the best they know how, but sometimes it’s hard to tell who is more mature – Joshua or the adults tasked with raising him. On an all-new season of “Raising Whitley” Kym is ecstatic when her sitcom, “Young & Hungry,” gets picked up for another season, but questions how she will balance important mommy time with Joshua and long work days. Kym’s good friend, Mickey, offers to help out and moves in with Kym, but when weeks turn to months, Kym starts to wonder if her friend will ever leave. Kym’s friends “The Village” find themselves in a heated disagreement and Kym calls Judge Mablean to hold an intervention. Meanwhile, Wendell’s good friend Omarosa (“The Apprentice”), brings in a love coach to help Wendell face his dating fears. At four and a half, Joshua continues to hit new milestones on a seemingly daily basis, as he learns how to ride a bike, play the piano and even goes on his first ski trip. He’s growing up so fast that Kym decides it’s finally time to move out and start looking for a bigger home, the kind of place she’s always dreamed of. “Raising Whitley” is produced by Pilgrim Studios and executive produced by Craig Piligian, Melodie Calvert and Kym Whitley.
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