T.D. Jakes
Talk Show

TV Talk: Get Ready to Get Empowered With T.D. Jakes

Pastor, best-selling author, film and music producer and entrepreneur  T.D. Jakes shares his wit and wisdom with daytime TV audiences in a new syndicated series. In the eponymous talk show premiering Sept. 12, Jakes will present engaging topics interspersed with personal stories, and have honest conversations with his celebrity and non-celebrity guests (Although Jakes reveals he will try to woo his celeb pals to join him on set — so expect his call Oprah, Tyler Perry, L.L. Cool J and Steve Harvey). A few of the topics the prolific pastor will tackle include: relationships, health, personal struggles, news and even pop culture. And in the series’ […]

TV News & Program Updates

You Get a Chair! And You Get a Chair!: Audience Chairs From “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to Be Auctioned Off

Five years after The Oprah Winfrey Show left the air following 25 years of huge popularity, the talk show is being commemorated with an auction that will allow viewers to own their very own piece of the iconic program. Beginning Thursday, May 5, at 3pm ET, a select number of studio audience chairs from the series will be available for a “chair-ity” auction (get it?), with net proceeds going to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which supports the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls in South Africa graduates as they continue their education. According to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, a commemorative plaque […]

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News & Current Events

Full schedule of TV tributes to Prince

Music fans lost a legend on Thursday, April 21. Prince Rogers Nelson died in Minnesota at age 57. Over four decades, Prince earned 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hits and seven Grammy wins, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Score for Purple Rain. There are going to be a lot of tributes on TV for “The Purple One” this weekend. Below is a list of programming announced so far. Please check back for updates. MONDAY, APRIL 25 Happy Feet at 2:10pmET/PT on HBO Family Prince wrote, produced and performed  “The Song Of The Heart.” He also wrote “Kiss.” […]

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TV News & Program Updates

First Look: Trailer for OWN’s New Mega-Church Drama, “Greenleaf”

OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network releases the first trailer for its new original drama series Greenleaf from Lionsgate TV and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters). And in a word — powerful. The series centers on the return of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) to her family home after 20 years. The prodigal daughter’s homecoming is due to her sister’s mysterious death. As she reenters the world of the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David, Enlisted and Community) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn […]

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Awards Shows

OWN To Air “2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards”

The night before the 88th Annual Academy Awards — which has largely been criticized with its lack of racial diversity and has spawned the hashtag #OscarsSo White — OWN celebrates some of the most powerful women in Hollywood with the primetime broadcast of the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards. The annual ceremony, held in the week leading up to the Academy Awards, shines a spotlight on African-American women who are pushing the limits, raising the bar and breaking through barriers in both film and television. Honorees at the ninth annual ceremony include black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross (Fierce […]

Documentary

My Brother’s Keeper initiative subject of new Discovery/OWN special

President Barack Obama will appear in a new Discovery Channel/OWN special that looks at the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative, the principles of which include ensuring all youth complete their post-secondary education and training and are employed once they’re out of school. Titled Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, and appropriately airing on Father’s Day, June 21, the program explores the lives and families of boys and young men of color from four programs around the U.S. that are living the principles of the MBK initiative. The film, directed by Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army), also addresses President Obama’s challenge to cities […]

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TV News & Program Updates

Tyler Perry celebrates his OWN series with a “Too Darn Hot Party”

Tyler Perry and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network both have reason to celebrate. Perry’s four series for the network — The Haves and the Have Nots, For Better or Worse, Love Thy Neighbor and If Loving You is Wrong — have become hits, and have recently been renewed for more episodes. To celebrate this success, and their partnership, OWN and Tyler Perry are presenting an event called Too Darn Hot Party. Perry hosts this event at his home, and the special offers an exclusive look behind the scenes. More from OWN: “From the intense pre-event planning to candid moments with celebrity guest […]

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Comedy

OWN orders new episodes of all four of its Tyler Perry series

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that more episodes of all four of its popular Tyler Perry series have been ordered. The Haves and the Have Nots has been given 23 one-hour episodes; If Loving You Is Wrong, 22 one-hour episodes; Love Thy Neighbor, 22 half-hour episodes; and For Better or Worse, 20 half-hour episodes. In a release, OWN credits these Tyler Perry series with the network’s boost into the Top 25 among cable networks in primetime among women 25-54. The Haves and the Have Nots (pictured), in particular, has averaged more than 3 million viewers throughout its current season and consistently ranked as Tuesday night’s No. […]

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Awards Shows

Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards airing on OWN

Almost every year around Oscar nominations time, the question tends to be asked about where the black filmmakers and actors are among the nominees. Women of color in particular seem to be left out of the Oscar conversation on many occasions. I’m not sure if the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards were created as a response to real or perceived snubs from the Academy, but, now in its eighth annual installment, the ceremony does a good job of recognizing top African-American women in the entertainment industry. This year’s ceremony will air in a taped presentation Feb. 21 at 10pm […]