Time to get excited! OWN announced today that three new shows will be coming to OWN…Lovetown, USA, Lives on Fire and Are You Normal, America?. “Each of our new shows is right on brand and aligned with Oprah’s intention to bring our audience meaningful, entertaining programming,” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. Added Erik Logan, president, OWN, “We feel really good about the direction the network is heading in 2012 and we’re just getting started.”
Lovetown, USA follows a pair of matchmakers (“Hitch,” Paul Carrick Brunson, and “love whisperer” Kailen Rosenberg with over 200 successful marriages to her name) and eight singles as they search for love. This “social experiment” takes place in the small town of Kingsland in Georgia. For 30 days, they take up residence in this small town helping the locals to find love in their own neighborhoods. Everyone in the town is getting involved! “This one-of-a-kind social experiment is the biggest dating challenge in TV history; examining the effects love can have on the DNA of one American community.” The show will be produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for OWN.
Lives on Fire is a totally different show. The show highlights the journey of four different women who risk their lives daily to assist in California’s most dangerous disasters. These female firefighters respond to life and death situations; battle the intense heat…all in a predominately male profession. As their fight heats up against nature’s forces, they struggle to find the balance in work and home as mothers, daughter, wives, and girlfriends. Each of the women brings a little something different to the show. Nica Vasquez is a mother with 15 years’ experience in the fire field; Rosanne Grier is in her 5th year as a seasonal firefighter trying to get a foot hold in the field; Michele Dyck has 7 years’ experience who recently transferred to a more dangerous station; and Diley Greiser, a mother in her 7th year as firefighter/paramedic. The show allows viewers a look into a dangerous profession and how it impacts normal life. This show is also produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.
The final series is a game show called Are You Normal, America?. I am most excited about this show! Through juries of peers, by polling and simple man-on-the-street interviews, real life situations shot in the field and in-studio demonstrations, this show will take a look at odd behaviors and see just how common they may be in our society. Finally we will all find out if we are NORMAL. On each of the episodes, contestants will try to win big money as they learn whether they are normal or not. On their road to discovery, viewers may find comfort in knowing their oddities are really normalcies….or they find out they are bit abnormal. Either way it is all in good fun! Produced by Harpo Studio and Zoo Productions and with executive producers like Jill Van Lokeren and Jon Sinclair from Harpo, I am certain the show will be a BLAST! We’ve have been hoping for a game show…and finally it is here.
We will keep you posted on air dates as soon as we hear anything. Thanks OWN!
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