Oprah Winfrey’s cable network has announced four new original series.
Those series, including one centered on comedienne Kym Whitley, will be added to OWN’s schedule later this year.
Other shows include a mobster- turned- dog groomer and an underperforming New Orleans high school’s transformation.
A Tyler Perry hour- long drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” and a half- hour comedy called “Love Thy Neighbor” were previously announced, and will premiere May 29.
OWN ended 2013 with double- digit year- over- year ratings gains across the demographic boards. Total viewers were up 30 percent and women 25 to 54 were up 32 percent.
Episodes of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will feature Drew Barrymore at her California home; L.L. Cool J and family in Los Angelese; and Cissy Houston a year after daughter Whitney’s passing.
“Oprah’s Master Class’s” second season will include Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Nicks, Diahann Carroll, Susan Sarandon, music mogul Berry Gordy, Cindy Crawford and journalist Tom Brokaw.
“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” will feature Omarosa (“The Apprentice”), rapper Bow Wow, Nadya “Octomom” Suleman, Dennis Rodman, Gennifer Flowers, Heidi Fleiss and families of the Columbine massacre victims. “Oprah’s Master Class” and “Where Are They Now” will both return in March.