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OWN preps day-long “Specials” series

U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired a 13-episode, disability-focused docuseries (pictured), which it will broadcast in its entirety on September 7.
August 8, 2014

U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired a 13-episode, disability-focused docuseries, which it will broadcast in its entirety on September 7.

The Specials (pictured) follows five housemates with learning disabilities who are living together in England. The Award-winning series was originally produced in the format of shortform,10-minute webisodes in the UK.

OWN will broadcast “fresh, newly adapted episodes following housemates as they continue to support each other through major changes in their lives,” the network said, with all 13 episodes airing back-to-back on September 7 from 2.30 p.m. EST to 9 p.m. EST.

“We were extremely thrilled to bring this series to OWN,” said exec producer Carolyn Strauss. “We fell in love with the fun, adventurous energy and bond the housemates share.

“It is our hope that viewers are not only entertained by their experiences, but inspired by their excitement for life and encouraged to accept and celebrate all people no matter their walk in life.”

The Specials is produced by Katy Lock and Daniel May for Kada Media, and exec produced by Strauss, D.B. Weiss and Rosie O’Donnell, in association with KidRo Productions and OWN. Electric Sky is distributing the series internationally.

Check out a clip from the show below, courtesy of OWN:

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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