OWN orders “Iyanla” spin-off, Evelyn Lozada reality series

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has greenlit a spin-off of Iyanla: Fix My Life (pictured) and a reality series starring Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives.
March 26, 2015

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has greenlit a spin-off of Iyanla: Fix My Life (pictured) and a reality series starring Evelyn Lozada of VH1′s Basketball Wives.

Due to premiere in September, the Iyanla spin-off will star Jay Williams, an Altanta man who told life coach and relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant on an episode last year that he has fathered 34 children with 17 different women. The yet-to-be-titled show will follow Williams as he works to put his life and relationships with his children and their mothers in order. Evolution Media is producing.

Evelyn (working title) is due to premiere in July and will star Lozada and her 21-year-old model daughter Shaniece. The series follows Lozada as she cares for her year-old child with fiance and baseball player Carl Crawford, sets up a new home in Los Angeles and runs several businesses. Shed Media is producing with Pamela Healey, John Hesling, Lisa Shannon, Russ Heldt and Lozada exec producing.

Meanwhile, the Discovery-owned cable net has picked up additional episodes of Saturday night docuseries Flex & Shanice and Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and renewed Deion’s Family Playbook for a second season.

Oprah’s Master Class will return for a fifth season later this year and feature interviews with celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Smokey Robinson, among others.

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