OWN: The Haves and The Have Nots
*OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network delivered the most-watched month in network history in primetime for the month of February (538,000 total viewers), the cable channel announced Tuesday.
OWN’s prime average in the key W25-54 demo marked a six-month high, up +11% versus January and up a whopping +86% versus one year ago. This makes OWN the fastest-growing cable network for W25-54 versus a year ago.
The drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” from Tyler Perry is cable’s most-watched show on Tuesday nights and the No. 1 original cable series for African-Americans. It also ranks in the top 10 original primetime series overall on ad-supported cable nets in W25-54, making OWN Tuesday nights the No. 2 cable network for W25-54, nearly tying with TBS.
Don Cheadle in Showtime’s “House of Lies”
*Showtime has renewed its original shows “Shameless” and “House of Lies” for fifth seasons, while Oprah Winfrey’s OWN has finally set a premiere date for its reality series starring Lindsay Lohan.
The critically-acclaimed hit drama “Shameless,” featuring Shanola Hampton in the cast, and comedy series “House Of Lies,” starring Don Cheadle, each received a fresh 12-episode order for 2015, per Tuesday’s announcement from David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
Production for the new seasons will begin in Los Angeles later this year. “Shameless,” and “House of Lies” air on Sunday nights starting at 9 p.m.
Co-Presidents, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Sheri Salata (L) and Erik Logan speak onstage during the OWN portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 2 at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2013 in Pasadena, California
*OWN co-presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan discussed a number of new programs for the network during its presentation this morning at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
As previously reported, Tyler Perry will deliver another scripted series to OWN – this one about moms who ban together to tackle life’s challenges – large and small.
“Single Moms Club,” based on Perry’s forthcoming feature film of the same name, will premiere in the fall as an hourlong drama. It centers on a group of single mothers from different backgrounds who are brought together by an incident at their children’s school. They form a support group that helps them find humor in life’s turmoil, and inner strength to overcome their personal challenges.
“Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious” airing Saturday, January 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
*Comedian Wanda Sykes returns to OWN with another two-part “Herlarious” special, airing this Saturday, Jan. 4, and Jan. 11 at 10 p.m.
The lineup, which combines a mix of stand-up and sketch comedy, features Sykes with special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Wayne Brady, Jeff Probst and Camryn Manheim, along with comedians Adele Givens, Jessica Kirson, Helen Hong and Kellye Howard.
Sketches include “I Love Reality,” Wanda’s homage to reality television, featuring Kristin Chenowith as a much-needed vocal coaching to diva-wannabe Wanda and Jeff Probst as the host of an adventure show.
*Join Kym Whitley, baby Joshua and the rest of the Villagers as they take a look back at 2013 in an all-new holiday special airing this Saturday on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
All Kym wants is a little holiday down time with her son, but as always Casa Whitley is a non-stop frenzy of activity. Nobody knocks as everyone from “The Village,” Kym and Joshua’s surrogate family of friends, stop in for some early holiday fun.
Mother and son will trim the Christmas tree with the rest of the Village– Wendell, Sam, Demetrius, Stacey, Val and Harold – as they throw to memorable clips from the past season (Kym’s love/hate battle with food, working out, trying to date, the fabulous world of Wendell, the Village’s lack of boundaries, etc.).
It all builds to the arrival of Rodney, adoptive father to Joshua and Kym’s newest tenant, and leads to a special peek at the new season of “Raising Whitley.”
Has shacking up lit a romantic spark between Kym and Rodney? Or have things gotten too close for comfort since we last left them?
“Raising Whitley: Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays” airs at 8 p.m., and is followed at 8:30 by the holiday special “Life With LaToya: A Jolly Jackson Christmas.”