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OWN Announces Darlene Love Movie Starring Toni Braxton, Octavia Spencer Miniseries

Toni Braxton will star as Darlene Love in My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story, an upcoming TV movie about the singer that will air on OWN in December, the network announced Thursday.

In addition, Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night event miniseries tentatively titled Tulsa, about the largest race riot in U.S. history, in Tulsa, Okla. Spencer will play journalist Mattie Clay.

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When Diahann Carroll was a young child, her parents struggled to keep their family afloat. They left her with her aunt in North Carolina while they built a better life back in New York, an abandonment that haunted Diahann for most of her life.

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Growing up in rural South Dakota, legendary journalist Tom Brokaw discovered his passion for news at an early age. Through it all, he remained grounded, which he credits in part to the values he learned as a child. 'I've often said that I had my father's balls, my mother's brains and their common heart,' he says. Watch as Tom reflects on his nearly 'perfect parentage' and why even as a boy he always wanted to know what was going on beyond the Great Plains.

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As society evolves, Susan Sarandon says, she has noticed that strictly defined gender roles and designations have begun to dissolve. In this video, she explains why she feels this change is a good thing, and shares how certain socialization concepts can be troubling for men in particular.

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OWN Announces Darlene Love Movie Starring Toni Braxton, Octavia Spencer Miniseries

Toni Braxton will star as Darlene Love in My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story, an upcoming TV movie about the singer that will air on OWN in December, the network announced Thursday.

In addition, Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night event miniseries tentatively titled Tulsa, about the largest race riot in U.S. history, in Tulsa, Okla. Spencer will play journalist Mattie Clay.

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The Biz: Tyler Perry Raises OWN

Maybe Tyler Perry's next movie should be called Madea Saves Oprah's Network.

Just a year ago, OWN's financial losses and struggle for ratings began to concern the Wall Street analysts who follow the venture that Oprah Winfrey co-owns with Discovery Communications. So writer-director-producer Perry, a longtime Winfrey pal, offered his services to create comedies and dramas for the network, which had been built on reality series and talk shows.

Twelve months later, his scripted ...
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Weekend TV Playlist: Falling Skies, Thrones Finale, Tonys

There's a lot of catching up to do as the third season of TNT's alien-invasion sci-fi action series Falling Skies gets underway Sunday, with a two-hour opener (9/8c) understandably if regrettably heavy on exposition in between the elaborate battle scenes. As reported in TV Guide Magazine's current Sci-Fi Preview issue, and emphasized for what seems at least a dozen times during the premiere, seven months have passed since last season's surprise ending, when a new alien force introduced itself to the human ...
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OWN Schedules Downton-Like Drama From Tyler Perry; Oprah to Interview Whitney Houston's Mom

Oprah Winfrey's OWN will premiere two new original series from Tyler Perry — including a Downton Abbey-esque drama — on May 29, OWN Presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan announced Saturday at the winter TV previews.

The Haves and the Have Nots will focus on the dynamics and secrets of the wealthy Cryer family and of the family of their maid, Hanna. Love Thy Neighbor, a half-hour comedy, will center on a local diner and all of its zany customers. The two series are part of... read more

OWN Orders Five New Series, Including a Game Show

OWN has picked up four new series, a game show and a third season of Oprah's Master Class, the network announced on Thursday.

Iyanla Fix My Life will feature past Oprah fixture Iyanla Vanzant as she uses her past to help others with their future.

Elura and Michele Take Staten Island is a reality series starring two best friends (Elura and Michele) who are former prosecutors.

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Premiered: January 02, 2011, on OWN
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Premise: Accomplished people from various walks of life share lessons they have learned as they look back over their lives. The idea, says Oprah, is to "allow people to learn from people who are mastering this thing called life."

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