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On Thursday, the Oprah Winfrey Network announced four new shows and a game show that will be added to the prime time lineup. The network also renewed Oprah’s Life Class and ordered more episodes of Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s.
OWN, which is co-owned by Winfrey and Discovery Communications, made the announcement just before Discovery’s upfront presentation before potential advertisers.
First, Oprah’s Master Class will get a third season. The show’s ratings have slowly been climbing in the second season. Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s is a documentary series that follows a family that runs a St. Louis restaurant and has become a popular series. “Oprah’s Master Class and Sweetie Pie's have proven to be audience favorites. We’re excited about the early success and are pleased to have more episodes coming to OWN,” co-president Erik Logan said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new shows start off with Are You Normal, America?, that will be hosted by producer Barry Poznick and comedienne Kim Coles. It is a game show where contestants are judged on how normal they are, which wins them prizes. This is actually another series based on an Oprah Winfrey Show segment.
Elura and Michelle Take Staten Island centers on former prosecutors who are also friends and “tell it like it is.” Ilyana Fix My Life features an inspirational speaker teaching viewers how to fix their problems. Married to the Army: Alaska focuses on the lives of members of the military in Alaska. Finally, Six Little McGhees follows a couple and their six cute toddlers.
The new shows were announced just a few days after Winfrey admitted her mistakes in handling OWN on CBS This Morning. “The idea of creating a network was something that I wanted to do. Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else,” she said on Monday. Winfrey has had to lay off employees and cancel The Rosie Show due to poor ratings.