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OWN lines up “Real Life: The Musical,” “Super Saver Showdown”

U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has unveiled its summer primetime line-up, including new series Real Life: The Musical and Super Saver Showdown.
April 27, 2012

U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has unveiled its summer primetime line-up, including new series Real Life: The Musical and Super Saver Showdown.

Real Life will premiere June 9 at 10 p.m. EST, while Super Saver Showdown will launch in July. The shows join previously reported new series Are You Normal, America?; Lives On Fire; Lovetown, USA; and Million Dollar Neighborhood.

In addition, new episodes will premiere of Oprah’s Next Chapter and Our America with Lisa Ling.

Real Life is a reality series that promises to help tongue-tied people break into a hit song to express the phrases they are too afraid to say, such as “I love you,” “marry me,” or “I want you back.” The volunteers are teamed with a vocal coach and choreographer to stage a live “flash musical” that surprises someone they care about.

The series is produced by ITV Studios America. Annie Price is the executive producer and showrunner, and Mark Christopher, Dan Gelfand and Richard Kaufman are exec producers.

Super Saver Showdown, meanwhile, is a competition reality series that features two obsessed bargain hunters competing to see whose coupon clipping, super saving, and DIY skills are superior. The series is produced by Glassman Mediam with Andrew Glassman executive producer and Grant Julian and Larissa A.K. Matsson co-executive producers.

“Our new summer series have a common thread of being fun, entertaining and meaningful,” said Sheri Salata, president of OWN. “It’s important to give the audience programming that makes them feel good, or provides them with inspiration in their own lives.”

About The Author
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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