OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network two new unscripted series

Los Angeles – While the nation is staying safer at home together, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that beginning May 16, Saturday nights become “Sisterhood Saturday Nights” with the launch of two new limited unscripted series joining the network’s popular lineup, each filmed virtually.

“Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant” (9 p.m. ET/PT) features Iyanla Vanzant, the star of OWN’s hit show “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” offering her trusted guidance during the pandemic with special guests including Oprah Winfrey, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Bebe Winans, and financial educator Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, with more to be announced.

“Girlfriends Check In” (10 p.m. ET/PT) brings different groups of female celebrity friends together each week for virtual get togethers where they share laughter, support, love, and gossip.  Episodes of “Girlfriends Check In” will feature actress, author, producer and director Meagan Good with her sister La’Myia Good Bellinger, and actresses Tasha Smith and Grace Byers from “Empire.” The fun will continue with “The Real” host Loni Love along with comedian and internet star B. Simone, actress and television personality Tami Roman, and celebrity hair stylist Robbi Rogers. More names to be announced.

“Now more than ever before we want to provide our audience with programming that unites and uplifts us,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We are excited to bring together sisterhood on Saturday nights, and we are grateful to Iyanla and all of the girlfriends for sharing hope and a little bit of light during this time.”

 More About the Programming:


“Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant”
Premieres Saturday, May 16 (9 p.m. ET/PT)

Executive Produced and hosted by popular inspirational life coach and star of OWN’s hit series “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” Iyanla Vanzant offers guidance on how to live beyond fear, one step at a time. This weekly series includes heart-to-heart conversations with experts and notable guests that explore the basis of human fear, offering guidance and tools that will support guests and viewers in living beyond the stress and anxieties they are now attributing to the Coronavirus pandemic. Guests will include Oprah Winfrey, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Bebe Winans, and financial educator Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche. The series is produced by Bunim/Murray.

“Girlfriends Check In”
Premieres Saturday, May 16 (10 p.m. ET/PT)

Good girlfriends can get you through anything in life – especially during quarantine. With the help of a little tech and a lot of sisterhood, each week different female celebrity friends will hold a virtual chat room “check in” — spilling the tea about their relationships, their families, sharing new recipes, and reminding us that we are truly all in this together. Episodes of “Girlfriends Check In” will feature actress, author, producer and director Meagan Good with her sister La’Myia Good Bellinger, and actresses Tasha Smith and Grace Byers from “Empire.” The fun will continue with “The Real” host Loni Love along with comedian and internet star B. Simone, actress and television personality Tami Roman, and celebrity hair stylist Robbi Rogers. More names to be announced. The six-episode series is produced by Critical Content. 

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