The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has renewed four of its most popular love and relationships series. “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Black Women Own the Conversation,” and “Ready to Love” have been picked up for second seasons, and “Black Love” has been renewed for a fourth season. All shows will premiere later this year.
All four series have garnered extensive popularity, especially amongst black women. The last seasons of both “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” and “Ready to Love” ranked in ratings increases, according to Nielsen and the network. “Black Women Own the Conversation” and “Black Love” both came in at number 1 in their time slots across all cable for African American women, according to Nielsen and the network.
“Love & Marriage: Huntsville” follows the lives and careers of three successful African-American couples in Huntsville, Alabama. Each couple works in the real estate industry, together forming “The Comeback Group,” an initiative that strives to bring affordable housing solutions to the residents of Huntsville. However, their personal strifes often interfere with the way in which they work together. Executive producers for the show include Carlos King, Angela Dugan, Bernie Schaeffer, Brent Nisbett, and Andrew Hoagland.
The docuseries “Black Love” documents several famous and real-life married couples through their journeys of infidelity, starting families, and other challenges of married life. The series is produced by married filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver.
“Black Women Own the Conversation,” the intimate talk show hosted by Emmy winner Carlos Watson, focuses on conversations with celebrity guests, often black women, in an intimate setting. The subject matter usually focuses on matters that plague black women. The show is produced by Watson, alongside Samir Rao, Jennifer Ryan, and Marion Cunningham.
Will Packer’s hit dating show “Ready to Love,” hosted by Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles puts a twist on matchmaking. The series is based around successful, Atlanta singles looking for love in the bustling city. The cast is ensembled of black men and women in their mid-30s to early 50s. They have already begun casting for the upcoming season, which will move to Houston, Texas.
OWN president, Tina Perry, is pleased with the renewals, according to a statement.
“We are thrilled to continue building our unscripted slate with the return of these fan favorite series. These shows collectively tell real stories that deeply resonate with our audience, and we are proud to create authentic content that’s relatable to our viewers. We look forward to keep exploring love in African American relationships.”