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 ...
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 ...
Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston
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...
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.
The Help, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis
After sweeping the Screen Actors Guild awards in January, The Help came out triumphant once again at the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards on Friday.
The Help stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who are both nominated for Oscars, took home awards for...
Discovery Communications will launch a new cable channel targeted at upscale males later this year, the company announced Thursday.
Exclusive: Science officially orders Season 2 of Ricky Gervais' An Idiot Abroad
Dubbed Velocity, the new network will feature programming about sports, cars, travel and adventure. It will replace Discovery's HD Theater and will be broadcast in more than 40 million homes when it launches in late 2011...
Fringe (Friday, 9/8c, Fox)
This entire season has been a tour de force for Anna Torv. Doing double duty as dueling Olivias from parallel warring universes, she most recently spent an episode channeling her inner Spock — aka Leonard Nimoy — as the ghostly soul of William Bell inhabited her body for a very clever outing. (In the climax, the dormant Olivia resurfaced briefly, freaking out Peter and the viewing audience.) This week, we're back in alt-world, as the pregnant Alt-livia faces mortal danger from several fronts. It's a very harrowing hour, deserving a far larger audience than it's likely to get, tucked away on Fridays. Fox, stand by this show!
Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Stand-Up (Saturday, 11:30/10:30c, Comedy Central)
The sardonic comic...
Homer becomes obsessed with a 1980s sitcom called Thicker Than Waters that's written by David Mamet (who supplies his own voice), and he adopts his parenting persona from the show's practical father. This irks Bart to no end since he has his eyes set on a dirt bike. So Bart does what any normal kid would do — he sells his father's nuclear secrets to Chinese spies to get the bike. James Lipton (Inside the Actors Studio) has a voice cameo as himself. — Fred Mitchell
Read on for previews of the NFC Championship, the AFC Championship, Mean Girls 2, Hawaii Five-0, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Oprah Presents Master Class.
Happy New Year! Or should we say: Happy Oprah Year!
I don't know how you spent your first few days of 2011, but I was immersed — or perhaps baptized is a better word — in the launch of OWN, which isn't just another cable channel. The Oprah Winfrey Network is a crusade, on a mission of unyielding and unapologetic uplift, inviting us into an electronic big-tent revival where each weepy show should come with its own supply of Kleenex and where all of Oprah's ambassadors stay relentlessly on message...