OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has added Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s (pictured) to its October roster, set to join its other primetime premieres for the month – Don’t Tell the Bride and Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind, and returning series Ask Oprah’s All Stars and Our America with Lisa Ling.
Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, a Pilgrim Films & Television series, stars former Ike and Tina Turner backup singer Robbie Montgomery, whose real passion is cooking soul food.
Her St. Louis’ restaurant, Sweetie Pie’s, run by Montgomery and her family, already has two successful locations and she’s preparing to launch a third. The series will document the activity as Montgomery and her son and business partner, Tim, prepare to expand the business, while another plotline will involve the never-married Montgomery looking for love at 71-years-old.
Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s launches on October 15, ahead of the premiere of Don’t Tell the Bride, produced by Shed Media US and based on a Renegade Pictures and Digital Rights Group format.
In the U.S. version, a couple is given US$25,000 to plan their wedding, but there’s a catch: the groom must do the planning with no help from his partner. Comedian and actress Caroline Rhea serves as narrator.
Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind, which previously had its premiere date set for June and then August, is now making its debut on October 16. The hour-long doc series gives viewers an inside look at innovators at work.
The series premieres with filmmaker Tyler Perry, and other visionaries featured include fashion icon Tom Ford, filmmaker James Cameron, musician will.i.am, and photographer Annie Leibovitz. Visionaries is produced by @radical.media.
Also premiering on October 16 are the second series launches of Ask Oprah’s All Stars and Our America with Lisa Ling.
In the new season of Ask Oprah’s All Stars, Dr. Phil, Suze Orman and Dr. Oz will have themed episodes such as “Ultimate Checklists” and “Is This Normal.” The series, produced by Stage 29 Productions, will also have an update for season one’s 52-year-old virgin.
Meanwhile in season two of’ Our America with Lisa Ling, the part2 pictures series will deal with the topics of polygamy, amateur porn, sex trafficking and veterans with PTSD.
The primetime premieres are kicked off on October 10 with the previously announced The Rosie Show and Oprah’s Lifeclass, previously known as OWN Your Life: The Oprah Class.
“With Rosie and Oprah holding down our weeknights, we have a great opportunity to seamlessly reach our core audience on weekends with these strong original and returning series,” said Erik Logan, co-president, OWN.
“We’ve already created a destination for our audience on Sunday nights and look forward to building on the momentum Monday through Friday, and expanding OWN’s success to Saturdays,” added OWN co-president Sheri Salata.