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OWN adds two originals, second Sundance doc to slate

On Monday, the network unveiled its February slate, including new shows Searching For... and Breaking Down the Bars, bringing the number of original series airing during primetime to seven.
February 1, 2011

Two original docu-series and another Sundance doc are among the titles set to air on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in the coming months.

On Monday, the network unveiled its February slate, including new shows Searching For… and Breaking Down the Bars, bringing the number of original series airing during primetime to seven.

Searching For… is produced by Stuart Krasnow Productions and stars New Jersey-based investigative genealogist Pam Slaton as she guides her clients through the emotionally searing process of searching for lost loved ones. Breaking Down the Bars is produced by 44 Blue and chronicles the transformation of a group of female inmates in Indiana and their families who attempt to reevaluate their lives with therapist Dr. Stephanie Covington.

OWN also announced the acquisition of Sundance Film Festival doc Crime After Crime for broadcast during the OWN Documentary Club. Directed by Yoav Potash, the film profiles Debbie Peagler (pictured), a woman who pleaded guilty in 1983 to murdering her abusive boyfriend and then fought to have the case reopened two decades later when California passed a law allowing defendants to introduce mitigating evidence of domestic abuse.

The deal was negotiated between Submarine Entertainment and ro*co films on behalf of OWN. Prior to the TV broadcast, the film will get an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run in Los Angeles and New York.

In January, OWN announced that it would air Becoming Chaz, World of Wonder’s documentary about Chaz Bono’s gender reassignment, following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Other documentaries to be featured in the OWN Documentary Film Club include originals Extraordinary Moms, Serving Life, Seven Suicides and Tent City, USA and acquisitions 65 Red Roses, Family Affair, Life 2.0, Louder than a Bomb, Most Valuable Players No Woman, No Cry, One Lucky Elephant and Sons of Perdition.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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