NEW YORK (AP) — When Tyler Perry began creating shows for the then-struggling OWN Network four years ago, he’d send the scripts he’d written to Oprah Winfrey for approval — and she’d wince.
“I would say, ‘I think that’s too much! It’s over the top! Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening!’” Winfrey recounts about Perry’s first OWN show, “The Haves and Have Nots,” a prime-time drama fueled by connivers, sex and blackmail, now in its fourth season.
Others might have acquiesced to Winfrey. But not Perry.
“He would say to me, ‘I know this audience better than you do, I know what the audience wants,’” she said. “And he’d say, ‘I’m telling you it’s gonna work.’ And every time he’s been right.”
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Oprah Winfrey is returning to TV as an actress for the first time in two decades in her network’s new original scripted series Greenleaf
The 13-episode megachurch drama from Emmy nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under) and Lionsgate Television and will debut with a two-night premiere June 21 on OWN.
Winfrey blessed her followers with a sneak peak at the series via her Twitter and Facebook accounts yesterday.
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You got a solid eight hours of sleep last night… so why are you still so groggy? Dietitian and fitness expert Rebecca Scritchfield says that when her otherwise healthy clients complain of low energy levels, they’re often missing two very important nutrients in their diet. In the above #OWNSHOW video, she reveals the simple changes anyone can make to feel less tired and more energetic.
“If you know your sleep is in check [and] you’re getting a good amount of exercise, it’s definitely time to take a look at the food intake and how high quality is your diet,” she says.
Scritchfield has her clients keep a food journal, and when she looks at their records she consistently sees these two important nutrients lacking in their diet:
The B Vitamins
Foods rich in the B vitamins include fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes, milk and dairy products.
This is a big class of vitamins, Scritchfield says, so it’s important to eat a wide variety. “They help your body unleash the energy out of food,” she explains.
Because iron carries oxygen to all of the cells in our bodies, Scritchfield says eating iron-rich foods like beef, chicken, beans, legumes and eggs will have a direct impact on day-to-day energy levels. Women in particular often fall short on iron, so it’s important to monitor your intake.
When Scritchfield’s clients change their diet to include more of these two nutrients, she says they often report that they feel better instantly. “I think it’s a combination of mental and physical,” she says. “Because they feel better and they’re not trying to cope with their low energy by just eating sugary foods.”
The key to remember, Scritchfield says, is that feeling good starts with taking care of yourself. “Get good sleep and eat well, and you will feel better and you will feel that energy come back,” she promises.
Anyone who watches the Oprah Winfrey Network is familiar with the magic-like methods of spiritual life coach, Iyanla Vanzant, host of the critically acclaimed series, Iyanla: Fix My Life.
Oprah is giving her friend and OWN teammate the surprise of a lifetime with a spectacular, one-of-a-kind makeover, executed by celebrity home interior designer Nate Berkus.
On behalf of all the things Iyanla has done for others, Oprah wanted to do something special for Iyanla and hatched a plan with interior designer Nate Berkus to surprise her with a design overhaul for her new house.
“I never thought I would own a home again, ever. To find this house, to love it and to now have somebody to support me in making it my home is mind boggling.… Thank you, Ms. Oprah,” Iyanla said.
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Oprah Winfrey is reuniting the cast of the groundbreaking television show, A Different World, more than 25 years after its debut.
The Hillman College crew came together for an upcoming episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? on OWN.
The cast reunion includes stars Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Darryl M. Bell, Dawnn Lewis, Cree Summer, Sinbad, and Debbie Allen, sharing how they addressed important life issues in each episode and their favorite memories of six seasons together.
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Tyler Perry‘s new scripted series for the Oprah Winfrey Network, If Loving You is Wrong, is a hit, based on the strong response from social media.
The show, which debuted last night, was still trending on Twitter in several major cities across the country, including Atlanta, this morning.
On the heels of OWN’s widely popular series The Haves and the Have Nots comes Tyler Perry’s new primetime drama, If Loving You is Wrong, premiering two back-to-back episodes last night.
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Steve Harvey is getting real with Oprah during the season premiere of the Emmy-award winning series, Oprah’s Lifeclass, on OWN.
Oprah and Steve have an eye-opening and inspirational conversation about the keys to success.
Coming back this fall with an all-new season of his nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey Show, Harvey doles out practical advice in his latest book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and The Way To Life’s Riches.
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The veteran movie producer may soon be adding “talk show host” to his resume. Yesterday, he took to Instagram to reveal the set of Tyler: The Tyler Perry Show, which will air on Oprah’s OWN channel.
“Look what I’m working on,” posted Perry along with the photograph. “Coming on next Tuesday after The Haves And The Have Nots, only on OWN.”
Perry, wearing a navy track suit, is seen standing front and center of the soundstage, which resembles a set from The Voice or America’s Best Dance Crew more than a late-night talk show. The design seems to fit Perry’s outsized persona as an entertainment mogul, as it includes vibrant blue and purple lighting, a bit of a runway and a massive video screen in the backdrop.
Perry, it seems, is riding the wave of success that television, and specifically his partnership with OWN, has brought him recently. Perry’s first two television shows, House of Payne and Meet the Browns, became high-performing sitcoms on TBS. Both continue to be shown in syndication.
In 2012, Perry signed a deal with Oprah’s network to bring several scripted programs to the channel, resulting in several new programs – The Haves and Have Nots, Love Thy Neighbor, and Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse (which had been cancelled by TBS, but revived by OWN.) The Haves And Have Nots has become the most popular cable show on Tuesday nights. And a new show, The Single Moms Club, is slated to premiere later this year.
Compare the success of Tyler Perry’s TV projects with that of his recent box-office offerings. Perry’s last film, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, made a rather disappointing show at the theaters this past holiday season – it had the worst opening weekend of any Madea film, and the third-worst opening among Perry’s film projects.
Tyler Perry’s Peeples barely made a blip at the box office when it was released last spring, despite having Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson in starring roles. That film made just over $9 million during its run at the theaters, the worst-ever performance of a Tyler Perry film.
And last spring’s Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor did see respectable numbers at the box office, but suffered devastating reviews from critics. Between the contrived storyline, the borderline offensive ending and the casting of Kim Kardashian, the movie won more enemies than friends. Several reviewers deemed it Perry’s worst film ever.
So it seems Perry’s commitment to television is right on time. Fans of his film work may be moving on to greener pastures, but television viewers are committed enough to tune into his dramas and sitcoms every week. (It also doesn’t hurt that he seems to have carte blanche at OWN).
As for Perry’s new talk show, an official statement has yet to be released. So for now, the Instagram post is the only clue into what kind of program Tyler: The Tyler Perry Show might be.
It’s entirely possible that the show is simply an occasional special, much like 2009’s and 2010’s The Tyler Perry Show on TBS; those programs amounted to one-hour promotional vehicles for Tyler Perry’s latest films at the time (I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Why Did I Get Married Too?). Perry’s next movie, The Single Moms Club, hit theaters March 14th, so there’s a good chance the television project is merely a spruced-up press junket for the film.
But if it’s not – if Tyler turns out to be Perry’s entry into the late night talk arena – can Tyler Perry be effective in this new role as a talk show host? If previous clips of The Tyler Perry Show are any indication, Tyler: The Tyler Perry show may be more self-referential than most late night fare, which won’t work with viewers in the long run.
(And serious question: How many times can one person’s name show up in the title of a TV show?)
Any curiosities about Perry’s new project will be answered next Tuesday, when Tyler: The Tyler Perry Show debuts on OWN. In the meantime, we’re taking bets on who the first guest will be – my guess is Tyler Perry.