After enjoying their most watched quarter in OWN’s history, Oprah Winfrey’s network has released its fall lineup and the big O is bringing out the star power.
RumorFix has the details for you:
My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story – Premieres December 2014 Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love. Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Whether it was the wild parties Tom Jones used to throw, how Elvis came on to her backstage at his 1968 comeback special, or her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love holds nothing back as she recalls the exciting events that make up her life. This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up. Love will also serve as an executive producer. My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story will star Toni Braxton in the title role. The winner of six Grammy awards, seven American Music Awards and nine Billboard Music Awards, R&B superstar and bestselling artist Braxton’s smash hits include “Un-break My Heart,” “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” and “You’re Making Me High.” She also performed an extensive Broadway run as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Most recently she reunited with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds for a new duets album Love, Marriage & Divorce, which has reached the top of the charts, and she made a triumphant return to Broadway with Edmonds in the musical revue After Midnight. Braxton’s memoir Unbreak My Heart will be released by Harper Collins on May 20.
Oprah’s Master Class – Premieres May 11, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT The acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series Oprah’s Master Class returns for its fourth season featuring unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of entertainers we love, respect and admire, with modern masters hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world. From award-winning actors and musicians to groundbreaking journalists, Oprah’s Master Class tells the stories you’ve never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Sharing the greatest lessons they’ve learned along the way from triumphs, failures, disappointments and heartbreaks, this all-new season of masters begins with multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor and musician Justin Timberlake (May 11); followed by the beloved actress and comedian who is among the very few with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, Whoopi Goldberg (June 1); country music royalty, multi-Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and actor, Tim McGraw (June 8); Peabody award recipient and Good Morning America newscaster, Robin Roberts (June 15); Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning music mastermind Lionel Richie (June 22); legendary journalist whose career is unrivaled as a pioneer in the field, the prolific, multi-Emmy award-winning Barbara Walters (June 29); multiple NAACP award-winner and Grammy-nominated singer and actress Vanessa Williams (July 13); Academy Award-winning actor, director, screenwriter and musician Billy Bob Thornton (July 20); and Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Sharon Stone (July 27). Oprah’s Master Class is co-produced by the award-winning production companies, Harpo Studios and @radical.media. The series is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Jon Sinclair, Jon Kamen and Justin Wilkes.
Tulsa (working title) Starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help), the two-night event mini-series Tulsa currently in development is the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history, where over 300 people were believed to have been murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma – a story that was largely covered up for decades. The mini-series centers on Mattie Clay (Spencer), a journalist from Tulsa, who moved to Chicago with the hopes of getting off the society pages and away from racism. Mattie’s journey eventually brings her back home to Tulsa where she must face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies. Tulsa is executive produced by Nancy Miller (Saving Grace). Co-executive producers are Valerie Woods (Soul Food) and Dayna North (Single Ladies).
Of course, Tyler Perry’s hugely popular The Haves and The Have Nots has also been picked up for a 20-episode order.