OWN ORDERS NEW EPISODES OF HIT SATURDAY NIGHT SERIES "READY TO LOVE" AND "LOVE & MARRIAGE: HUNTSVILLE"
Dating Series "Ready to Love" From Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment; Docuseries "Love & Marriage: Huntsville" From Kingdom Reign Entertainment and ITV America
Los Angeles - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced it has ordered new episodes of its popular unscripted series on the network's successful Saturday night lineup: "Ready to Love" and "Love & Marriage: Huntsville." The announcement was made today by Tina Perry, president, OWN.
"These shows tackle the real deal when it comes to love, marriage and dating and have captivated audiences from the very beginning," said Jon Sinclair, EVP, unscripted programming & development, OWN. "We are excited to see more of the passionate relationships and commitment to love explored in new episodes coming this fall."
Record-breaking Hollywood producer Will Packer's popular dating series "Ready to Love," hosted by Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles, explores the real-life dating interactions of sexy, successful and grown Black men and women in their 30s and 40s who are each looking for lasting love and an authentic relationship. Over the course of its first cycle, the series' Saturday average grew +78% in women 25-54 and +57% in total viewers, while driving OWN to be Saturday night's #1 cable network among African-American women 25-54. "Ready to Love" is produced by Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment. Will Packer is executive producer. Will Packer Media's Kelly Smith, Lighthearted's Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler also executive produce along with Anthony Sylvester.
"Love & Marriage: Huntsville" follows the lives of three successful and powerful African-American couples in the thriving city of Huntsville, Alabama who are attempting to come together to help revitalize the region through their joint real estate venture, The Comeback Group. On average during its first cycle, "Love & Marriage: Huntsville" ranked #1 in its time period across all of cable among African-American women and total viewers. Over the course of its run, the series' Saturday average grew +67% in women 25-54 and +73% in total viewers. "Love & Marriage: Huntsville" is produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment for ITV America. Carlos King, Rob Cornick and Andrew Hoagland are executive producers.
About OWN's Saturday Night
OWN is Saturday night's #1 cable network for African-American women. The network features popular unscripted series including "Iyanla: Fix My Life" starring spiritual life coach and bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant, "The Book of John Gray" featuring Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer, docuseries "Black Love" from filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver, record-breaking Hollywood producer Will Packer's first unscripted series, the dating show "Ready to Love," fan favorite "Love & Marriage: Huntsville," featuring three high-powered couples revitalizing Huntsville, Alabama, and "Family or Fiancé" with relationship expert Tracy McMillan.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today's most innovative storytellers. OWN's original scripted series include popular dramas "Queen Sugar," "Greenleaf," "The Haves and Have Nots, "If Loving You is Wrong" and upcoming drama series "David Makes Man" from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and family saga "Ambitions" from record-breaking Hollywood producer Will Packer. OWN's Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes "Iyanla: Fix My Life," "Ready to Love," "Love & Marriage: Huntsville," "Black Love," "Family or Fiancé" and "The Book of John Gray." OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own.