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Oprah Winfrey must be thanking her lucky stars that she went into business with Tyler Perry. The arrangement has proven to be a very beneficial one to her and to the Oprah Winfrey Network and now even more so. This past Tuesday Tyler Perry’s “The Have and Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong” both delivered viewership highs in the history of Own. Both shows pulled in an average of 2.5 million viewers and The Have and Have Nots, which aired it's season’s finale, pulled in alone 3.5 million viewers. Not only was the show the most watched show on cable Tuesday night, but it also was the most watched show ever on the network breaking the previous record holder of Oprah’s interview with Bobby Kristina Brown on Oprah’s Next Chapter, a month after the death of her mother, Whitney Houston.
A strong finish by “The Haves and the Have Nots” and the return of “If Loving You is Wrong” — a pair of soapy dramas created by Tyler Perry —combined Tuesday to give Own its most-watched night on record.
Nielsen estimates that the midseason finale of “Haves and Have Nots” averaged a 1.1 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall — up nearly 20% in both categories from the previous week. Among cable programs, it was No. 1 in its 9 o’clock hour in 18-49 and No. 1 among all cable programs for the night in total viewers.
It was followed by the second-season premiere of “If Loving You is Wrong” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), which set series records across the board. It retained a strong 85% of its “Haves” lead-in among women 25-54 (1.56 rating vs. 1.84), and the programs ranked as cable’s top two for the night in Own’s target demo.
For the night, »
- Rick Kissell
Tuesday was a very nice night to be the Oprah Winfrey Network and a very nice night to be the creator of The Haves And The Have Nots and If Loving You Is Wrong. With the former wrapping up its second season and the latter starting its second, Own had its most watched primetime ever in its just over 4-year history with an average audience of 2.567 million. That's up 5% over the previous Own primetime viewership record of March 11, 2012 when the channel aired the Oprah's Nex… »
Own: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today two new series joining its primetime lineup, in addition to new seasons and episodes of its popular returning series, and a star-studded lineup for its fifth season of "Oprah's Master Class." First, a spin-off of the network's much-discussed "Iyanla: Fix My Life," featuring Jay Williams who says he fathered 34 children by 17 different women; and a new docu-series starring reality TV star Evelyn Lozada. The network has also picked up additional episodes of three of its popular Saturday night docu-series including a second season of "Deion's Family Playbook" and additional episodes of "Flex & »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Own: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today two new series joining its primetime lineup, in addition to new seasons and episodes of its popular returning series, and a star-studded lineup for its fifth season of "Oprah's Master Class." First, a spin-off of the network's much-discussed "Iyanla: Fix My Life," featuring Jay Williams who says he fathered 34 children by 17 different women; and a new docu-series starring reality TV star Evelyn Lozada. The network has also picked up additional episodes of three of its popular Saturday night docu-series including a second season of "Deion's Family Playbook" and additional episodes of "Flex & Shanice" and "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's." Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Smokey Robinson are all set to appear during the network's star-studded 5th season of "Oprah's Master Class." Full details of each follow below... "Deion's Family...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Own: Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered additional episodes of Deion’s Family Playbook, Flex & Shanice and Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s for its 2015 primetime lineup. At its upfront today, Own also announced it has ordered two new series, a spinoff of Iyanla: Fix My Life featuring Jay Williams; and Evelyn (working title), a docuseries starring Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada. Oprah’s Master Class also returns for a fifth season in the fall, with Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall… »
The cabler also ordered more episodes of three returning docuseries, “Deion’s Family Playbook,” “Flex & Shanice” and “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” and announced the lineup for Season 5 of “Oprah’s Master Class,” which includes Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Smokey Robinson.
“We are thrilled that Own continues to be one of the fastest-growing cable networks for women,” said Erik Logan, president of Own, of the programming news announced Wednesday. “Oprah and our team are laser-focused on development.”
Sheri Salata, president of Own, also commented on the net’s growing slate: “We are taking our multimedia platforms to the next level with Oprah’s first role in an Own scripted show and our new network anthem »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it has ordered two new series, ordered additional episodes of three shows from its Saturday night lineup, and revealed its first batch of stars on the upcoming fifth season of “Oprah’s Master Class” during its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City on Wednesday. “Evelyn” (Working Title), which stars VH1’s “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, is scheduled to premiere in July. It will follow Lozada and her 21-year-old daughter Shaniece, both of whom are experiencing big changes in their lives. Lozada and fiancé, baseball player Carl Crawford, just had a son, »
- Jethro Nededog
Oprah Winfrey is holding the yard sale to end all yard sales -- in the form of a massive online auction -- and the items up for sale reveal ... Oprah's a little bit of a freak. Look past her run-of-the-mill plates, tables, chairs, etc. -- and the thing that stands out is her abundance of nude artwork. For example, there's the set of four framed nude male mythological figures ... expected to fetch between $800- »
- TMZ Staff
Mo'ne Davis is taking the high road.
The pitching phenomenon reached out to Bloomsburg University after they released baseball player Joey Casselberry from the team, following an offensive tweet in which he called the 13-year-old Little League World Series star a "slut." Casselberry was reacting to news that Mo'ne is getting her own Disney Channel movie, writing this now-deleted tweet.
"Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? What A Joke. That slut got rocked by Nevada."
Photos: Stars Who Love Sports
Not surprisingly, the tweet didn't sit well with Bloomsburg, who noted that "his words do not represent Bloomsburg University," before announcing his dismissal on Twitter.
Still, Mo'ne showed her maturity on Sunday, when she emailed university President David L. Soltz, asking the school to reinstate Casselberry.
"While I admit I was pretty hurt when I read his comments, I felt sad that he was dismissed from the team…," she wrote, via »
Scott Disick is reportedly flying back to La from the rehab facility in Costa Rica today, two weeks early. [TMZ] Vin Diesel named his baby girl Pauline as a tribute to his late friend Paul Walker. [Today] Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence joke that they’re “work husband and wife,” without the sex. [Page Six] Jon Hamm tells GQ the advice Bryan Cranston gave him regarding the end of Mad Men: “It’s hard to let it go. It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times.” [The Wrap] Will Ferrell argues that college Greek life organizations should be banned. [Gawker] In case you missed it, Rob Kardashian posted this bizarre photo on Instagram over the weekend. [@robkardashian]
- Taylor Ferber
Talk about a golden touch ... TMZ Sports has learned Floyd Mayweather used an 18 karat gold pen -- worth $4,000 -- to sign his contract for the big Pacquiao fight. It's called the Peerless 125 (because there are only 125 in the world) by Cross ... and it's one of the most expensive writing implements in the world. A spokesperson for Cross says he's pumped to add Floyd to the list of "noble" clients who use the company's pens ... including Oprah and President Obama, »
- TMZ Staff
Common says a simple misunderstanding caused him to shun a high-five from Oprah Winfrey at the Academy Awards. The rapper-turned-actor won the award for Best Original Song for 'Glory' - his collaboration with John Legend - but failed to celebrate the moment with 'Selma' producer Oprah because he was too caught up in the moment. Recalling the moment - which caused a buzz on social media - Common said: ''Oprah had her hand up to give me a clap - I thought she was giving John a clap so I went past her hand and went to [Selma actor] David Oyelowo. They created a big hype about it. Oprah is someone who I love dearly so I have nothing but reverence for her. ''I talked to her the next day and I don't think she even knew that happened. This is a billion-dollar woman! Do you think she cares if I »
Hollywood is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place where everyone gets along like best friends. That’s why so many film sets are hotbeds for drama. But no drama is more intense than the art-infused feuds between actor and director, because Art!
Here are some of the biggest and best actor-director fights in film history.
Let’s start with the most recent. After Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her role in Precious, she says Daniels told her she was blackballed for not playing the Hollywood game. Then recently she announced that she’d been offered roles in both The Butler and Empire, but never heard anything more until she learned Oprah and Taraji P. Henson were respectively playing what she’d been led to believe were her roles. Despite the struggles, Mo’Nique says she “could work with Lee Daniels tomorrow.”
- Courtney Enlow
Oh, it's on. M.I.A. didn't mince words when she sat down to chat with Rolling Stone recently about her 2005 debut album, Arular, which turns 10 this year. During the very candid interview, the "Sunshowers" rapper took aim at Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey, claiming that the media mogul shunned her at an event several years ago. "In 2009, Time nominated me for one of the most influential people of the 21st century or something and I met Oprah at that party," M.I.A., now 39, recalled to [...] »
Mo’ne Davis is getting her own movie!
Disney Channel is moving forward with Throw Like Mo, a television movie chronicling the 13-year-old baseball prodigy’s inspiring story. In August 2014, Davis made headlines when she became the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series.
Davis, who is the first Little League player to land the cover of Sports Illustrated, will serve as a consultant, along with the female-focused espnW.
As expected, Davis was beyond ecstatic by the new project, which she hopes “will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true.”
“There are so many great things happening to me right now,” she said in a statement. “A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me.”
Sadly, we have reached the end of Empire’s highly entertaining and historic first season. While I know what I’ll be doing in its seasonal break to at least try to fill the void in my life – talking to Black aunties at various fish fry spots in Harlem, men with Lucious Lyon styled conks on the street, and ignoring the people emailing me their mixtapes – I am already envisioning how I would like season two to go. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday, which means I hope Fox decides go through with plans to bring the show back in the fall as opposed to making me wait until January 2016. I don’t feel like waiting that long. Here’s what needs to happen next season:
No, not like some of the people you’ve never »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Will Ferrell visited "The Tonight Show" in a pretty gingham dress and announced that he's the new face of Little Debbie, because apparently he isn't the "Hollywood hunk he once was." Come for the wig, stay for the Oprah impression. One of our favorite running "Jimmy Kimmel Live" skits is Pot Quiz, in which his crew take to the streets and asks pot smokers a variety of topical questions, none of which they can answer. And yes, Willie Nelson makes an appearance this week. It is SXSW after all!
- Mehera Bonner
The meteoric rise (and rise and rise) of Empire's first season concluded during Wednesday's two-hour finale. And though it appears to be again steady in the targeted demographic of adults 18-49, the show, as is its habit, added even more viewers. Read more Fox Plots 'Empire' Season 2: Lee Daniels Courts Oprah, Pushes for Less "Opulence" Two hours of Empire averaged a 6.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.7 million viewers. As for its audience, that's up 800,000 viewers from the previous week. The tune-in during the regular 9 p.m. hour was
- Michael O'Connell
The season finale of Empire is finally upon us. All of the juicy drama, killer music and Cookie's amazing one-liners have lead up to tonight's 2-hour conclusion.
Since the series premiered in January, the Fox hit has conquered TV ratings and now the show's soundtrack is at the top of the Billboard 200 music charts. It's blown up into a cultural and social media phenomenon and Et was on the set of tonight's star studded finale.
The major guest stars making cameos in tonight's 2-hour event include Snoop Dogg, Rita Ora and Patti Labelle. "I am Lucious Lyon's friend from back in the day," Labelle told Et about the role. "I'm singing, I'm acting-- it's a wonderful show."
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