OWN ignites “Lives on Fire,” heads to “Lovetown”

U.S. cable net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has added three original series to its 2012 lineup: Lives on Fire (pictured); Are You Normal, America? and Lovetown, USA.
January 16, 2012

U.S. cable net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has added three original series to its 2012 lineup: Lives on Fire (pictured); Are You Normal, America? and Lovetown, USA.

Lives on Fire, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, follows four female firefighters who risk their lives to take command during California’s most dangerous disasters. The show follows the women both in their jobs and in their personal lives, as they strive to balance being mothers, wives, girlfriends and daughters.

The executive producers are Melody Shafir and Brad Epstein, with Anthony Samu the co-executive producer is. The exec producers for BBC Worldwide Productions are Elli Hakami, Michael Brooks and Jane Tranter.

Also from BBC Worldwide Productions is Lovetown, USA. The series will attempt to transform Kingsland, Georgia into the titular “Lovetown,” by sending matchmakers Paul Carrick Brunson and Kailen Rosenberg in for 30 days, to help eight local singles find love.

From the local mayor to restaurateurs, bosses and married couples, everyone in the town will be involved, the show promises. Bruce Toms is executive producer for OWN, with Izzie Pick Ashcroft, Rob Bagshaw and Tranter executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions. Charlie Debevoise and Mark Hickman are exec producers for NorthSouth Productions.

Finally, Are You Normal, America? is a gameshow promising to help viewers figure out how “normal” they are, produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios in association with Zoo Productions (Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?)

The show promises to use “a highly scientific and deeply revealing poll, in addition to a ‘jury’ of real Americans, man-on-the-street polling, real life situations shot in the field and in-studio demonstrations” to reveal whether things like looking at your partner’s emails or doing household chores naked should be considered abnormal.

The exec producers are Jill Van Lokeren and Jon Sinclair from Harpo, as well as Barry Poznick and John Stevens from Zoo Productions

“Each of our new shows is right on brand and aligned with Oprah’s intention to bring our audience meaningful, entertaining programming,” said OWN president Sheri Salata, while OWN president Erik Logan added: “We feel really good about the direction the network is heading in 2012 and we’re just getting started.”

The shows will all premiere later this year.

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