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OWN orders docuseries “Released,” “Checking Inn”

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has commissioned two docuseries slated to join its primetime Saturday night lineup, including Released and Checking Inn. Produced by Lucky 8 TV, Released provides autobiographical portraits of formerly ...
March 28, 2017

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has commissioned two docuseries slated to join its primetime Saturday night lineup, including Released and Checking Inn.

Produced by Lucky 8 TV, Released provides autobiographical portraits of formerly incarcerated individuals as they attempt to reconnect with loved ones and establish their independence.

Nearly 40% of convicted felons released from prison re-offend within the first six months of freedom, and three quarters (77%) were re-arrested within five years, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The series is exec produced by Oprah Winfrey alongside Lucky 8′s Greg Henry, Kim Woodard, Jarrett Lambo and Keayr Braxton. Author and advocate Shaka Senghor serves as consulting producer.

Meanwhile, the tentatively titled Checking Inn from Trooper Entertainment, in association with Lionsgate Television, features former Essence magazine editor-in-chief Monique Greenwood (pictured) as she pursues her lifelong dream of running her own bed and breakfast.

Cameras will follow Greenwood and her team as they welcome couples seeking to save their marriages and reignite passion to the Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns, a former Woolworth estate set at the Mansion at Noble Lane in Poconos, Pennsylvania.

Checking Inn is executive produced by Trooper Entertainment’s Dave Caplan.

“OWN’s Saturday night lineup features entertaining and thought-provoking docu-series focused around conversations our audience is having in their everyday lives,” said OWN president Erik Logan in a statement. “We think both of these shows will connect with our viewers and we’re pleased to be able to continue to serve up great new content.”

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