OWN just unveiled four new unscripted series, including a docu-series based on YouTube act 3 Golden Sisters.
For those who haven’t seen their vids, the Golden Sisters are three senior siblings who became an online sensation after posting a video of themselves watching Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. The online-era Golden Girls have also posted on subjects like Kristen Stewart cheating and Fifty Shades of Grey. There’s a full description of the show, and the three other new OWN series, below. After a very rocky start, Oprah Winfrey’s cable network has improved somewhat in the ratings, growing 30 percent in primetime during 2012.
“Blackboard Wars” (Premieres in March)
“Blackboard Wars” centers on the dramatic transformation of New Orleans’ John McDonogh High School, one of the most dangerous and under-performing high schools in the country, where more than half of its students fail to graduate. Granted unprecedented access, the docu-series goes behind the scenes following education maverick Steve Barr and no-nonsense principal Dr. Marvin Thompson as they embark together on an unpredictable mission to reinvent and revive the struggling school. The series is produced by Discovery Studios.
“Golden Sisters” (Premieres 2013)
“Golden Sisters” is a real-life comedy following the hilarious adventures of Mary, Josie & Teresa, three sisters who shot to fame after a web video of the ladies watching a celebrity sex tape went viral. With Mary in her eighties and her twin sisters not far behind, these three raucous women are not your average seniors. Between running a successful salon and giving colorful advice to their growing online fan base, these spirited, lovable ladies share their outrageous opinions on everything from sex and dating, to celebrities and pop culture One minute they are at each other’s throats, and the next they’re best friends sharing a lifetime of memories and providing an endless supply of laughs. Produced by LMNO Productions.
“Raising Whitley” (Premieres 2013)
“Raising Whitley” (working title) is a humorous and poignant new docu-series following actress and comedienne Kym Whitley and her chaotic collective of friends – whom she calls “The Village” – as they attempt to do something none of them have ever done before: raise a baby…together. When Kym signed up for the Big Sister program to mentor a troubled young girl, she never imagined she’d get a call from the hospital saying, “Your baby is ready for collection.” After learning that her mentee exited the maternity ward leaving only Kym’s contact information, Kym experienced a cataclysmic moment. With less than an hour to make a life-changing decision – and to do a lifetime of soul-searching – Kym chose to become a mother. The Village banded together to help Kym bring up baby Joshua Whitley the best they know how, but sometimes it’s hard to tell who is more mature – baby Joshua or the adults tasked with raising him. Produced by Pilgrim Studios.
“Dogfellas” (Premieres 2013)
“Dogfellas” (working title) follows James “Head” Guiliani, a former street enforcer for the mafia and one of John Gotti’s most trusted men, whose life-changing encounter with a stray pup inspired him to open Brooklyn’s top dog grooming parlor. In addition to pampering pooches, Head rescues dogs, and his life is as complicated now as it was with the mob. With a constant battle to pay the bills, a fiery wife who doesn’t always share his love for canines, and a staff who spend more time primping themselves than the pets,Head has his hands full. From old ‘associates,’ to thrilling rescue missions, to his wife, Head tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy in his bizarre, heartfelt, and hilarious new life. Produced by NERD TV.