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OWN’s ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ to end after five seasons

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Another one bites the dust…

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced today its popular long-running docuseries Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s will premiere its fifth and final season with a special sneak preview on Tuesday, May 1 at 10 p.m. (after Tyler Perry‘s The Haves and The Have Nots). The series about the drama that comes with running a family-operated soul food empire, will continue in its regular time slot on Saturdays at 9 p.m. beginning Saturday, May 5.

The series, which originally debuted on OWN in October 2011, will celebrate its 100th episode finale on Saturday, June 9 at 9 p.m. with a special 60-minute after-show immediately following the finale at 10 p.m. Hosted by comedian/actress Kym Whitley, the special will feature Miss Robbie, Tim, Charles, Monique, Jan, Linda and Cousin Michelle, as they share juicy stories and fun behind-the-scenes moments from the run of the entire series. Nothing in this family is off limits as they dish on the drama between Miss Robbie and Tim, family tensions, what the future holds for the family and more.

“For nearly seven years, our viewers have fallen in love and followed an incredible journey with Miss Robbie, Tim and the whole family,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “It comes with immense gratitude and appreciation as we send off the series for its final season and make OWN history celebrating 100 memorable episodes.”

Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s ranks as the #2 original Saturday-night series in OWN history among the network’s core demo of women 25-54 and in total viewers and was 2017’s #2 original cable series on Saturday nights for African American women.

Photo Credit: Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)

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#UPFRONT w/Monique Greenwood, DeVaughn Nixon, Miss Robbie & Lil Charles (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out today’s holiday edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. My special guests included Monique Greenwood, star of OWN’s new docu series CHECKED INN. The Bed and Breakfast guru was in the studio to chat about her journey and why this series is unlike anything you’ve seen before on television.

Restaurateurs and stars of OWN’s award-winning docu series, Welcome to Sweetie Pies, Miss Robbie and Lil Charles also stopped by the studio to chat about tonight’s season premiere and much more.

#UPFRONT also recognizes the 25th Anniversary of the classic movie, The Bodyguard by talking exclusively to former child star DeVaughn Nixon.  The 30-something year old actor is all grown up now and recalls his time on set with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. He also talked about his newest TV project, Marvel’s Runways, which debuted this week.  We also played music from The Bodyguard throughout the show along with tributes to iconic entertainers—Earle Hyman and Della Reese, who recently passed away.

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‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ returns TONIGHT at 9 p.m. (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

OWN’s NAACP Image Award-winning hit series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” premieres TONIGHT in an all new season beginning at 9 p.m. EST.

On an all-new season, the family experiences a devastating tragedy when they learn of the senseless murder of Miss Robbie‘s grandson, Andre, forcing them to reflect on other dark moments from the family’s past. Tim also revisits the prison where he was incarcerated for 10 years, and Miss Robbie joins him “behind the wall” to witness first-hand the shocking reality her son experienced at the young age of 17.

Meanwhile, as Miss Robbie and Tim continue to expand the Sweetie Pie’s brand, they don’t always see eye-to-eye on the best approach. And after 30 years, Miss Robbie revives her music career, this time doing it her way with exciting opportunities on the horizon. As always – amid personal tragedy, legal turmoil and new ventures – the Sweetie Pie’s family manages to find strength, love and humor throughout their journey.

Check out a sneak peek of the new season below:

Photo Credit: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

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OWN renews ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,’ ‘For Peete’s Sake’ & adds ‘The Book of John’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to the casts of the reality series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” and “For Peete’s Sake.’ Additional episodes of both shows have been ordered by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and will continue to be a part of its hugely popular Saturday night lineup.

According to the press release, eight episodes have been ordered for the Holly Robinson Peete series “For Peete’s Sake” and 13-episodes for Miss Robbie Montgomery‘s family series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.” The network has also ordered a new eight-episode series tentatively titled “The Book of John” which based on the life of Joel Osteen‘s associate pastor John Gray.

“Pastor Gray’s unique blend of humor and heart will make for a great series,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN.”  “We are excited for him to join our Saturday night family and thrilled to order new episodes from the Peetes and Sweetie Pie’s.”

OWN is consistently a top network for African-American women on Saturday night.  “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” is the most-watched docu-series in OWN history and during its most recent season was Saturday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American women.  During its first season “For Peete’s Sake” was Saturday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American women.

Stay tuned…

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RC attends ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ ATL Preview Party [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The cast of OWN’s hit reality series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s hosted a private premiere party Friday night in North Atlanta.  Tim Norman, Chloe Cook, Charles “Lil Charles” Crenshaw, Danielle Champion and Bruce George all came out to Taboo 2 Bistro & Bar to celebrate the new season debut which airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST.

DSC_0311Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s follows the loud, loving and often singing Montgomery family as they work to expand their empire, one soulful dish at at time. In this new season, Miss Robbie and Tim are taking their soul food dynasty to the stars and fanfare of L.A. where they are opening their fifth restaurant, which is located in the North Hollywood.

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In addition to the new restaurant, Tim has to also relocated his all-star team–Charles, Danielle, Bruce and Chloe— across the country to help bring Sweetie Pie’s signature style and flavor to this big-time city, but not everyone plays nice. The group may help keep things spicy with their antics and but will they be able to stand the L.A. heat?

Check out more pics below from the red carpet as well as sneak peek of this season. In the clip, Miss Robbie stops in on Tim and the crew to see if the new North Hollywood or “NoHo” location is up to her standards. If it’s not, some heads are gonna role because Miss Robbie don’t play!

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Tim Norman taking a selfie with ItsRobinLori.com

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Sweetie Pie’s fans Mother Hattie Maye, Dr. T. Pullum and Shun Johnson

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Danielle Champion

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Tim Norman with Cutting It In the ATL‘s Patricia Thompson

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Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Deb Antney

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Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s debuts TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST on OWN

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‘Iyanla: Fix My Life’ Special Report: Healing in Ferguson airs TONIGHT! (VIDEO)

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OWN will air an Iyanla: Fix My Life -Special Report: Healing in Ferguson TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST. The special episode of the award-winning series follows ordained minister and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant on an emotional trip to Ferguson, Missouri, as she embeds herself in the local community and works to empower citizens by helping them formulate a plan for peace and healing in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Iyanla visits the protest area and memorial, spending hours reaching out to individuals affected by the tragic event to hear their stories and empowering them with ways to move past their anger.

She brings face-to-face Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson and Michael Brown’s uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, and together they discuss the need for peace in order to give the system time to work. Not stopping there, Iyanla hosts a community discussion with leaders and citizens; sits down in a church minutes from the shooting site with a group of young men, many of whom profess to be gang members; and makes her way at 1 A.M. with community leader and Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s  Tim Norman past National Guard checkpoints and police, to join a peaceful protest.

Later, as a first healing step, Iyanla, surrounded by citizens and community leaders, encourages everyone to choose peace.

Check out the preview below!

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‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ RETURNS for a New Season (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Acclaimed soul food chef and Sweetie Pie’s restaurant owner Miss Robbie Montgomery and her family are returning to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on TONIGHT (Saturday, July 12) at 9 p.m. for another lively season of the NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.

In an all-new season, Miss Robbie and her son, Tim, prepare to expand their restaurant empire beyond St. Louis with a new location on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.  Getting the restaurant together is no easy task as they prepare to renovate the new location and find staff to train in time for the summer rush.  Meanwhile, back in St. Louis, Tim struggles with planning the move to Memphis while continuing to manage the local restaurants, and hires a new district manager, Ma’ri, who quickly implements change and starts ruffling the staff’s feathers.  As if Miss Robbie’s plate wasn’t full enough, she’s also moving ahead with launching her new Sweetie Pie’s Sweet Tea line. It’s all systems go as this family works hard to expand their brand – one recipe at a time.

Check out the trailer below:

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Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s  airs tonight at 9 p.m. on OWN

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‘R&B Diva’ Syleena Johnson to appear on ‘Iyanla Fix My Life’ + more OWN news…

Syleena Johnson with Iyanla Vanzant/Photography Credit: The Jasmine Brand

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Earlier this month we reported that Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN had ordered additional episodes of Iyanla Fix My Life  featuring life coach Iyanla Vanzant. Well, now a few details have surfaced about some of the new summer episodes including one starring R&B Diva Syleena Johnson.

According to Indie Wire, Iyanla: Fix My Life  will attempt to help mend the volatile relationship between the R&B singer and reality starlet and her mother. Vanzant will also address the issues of a couple on the verge of financial ruin, what to do with free loading family members, and the truth behind a mother behaving badly.

Also scheduled to return this summer are new episodes of two OWN original series. First up is Welcome to Sweetie Pies, where Miss Robbie and her son Tim, debate the potential shutdown of their original Sweetie Pies soul food restaurant location. Tim also faces the possibilities of being a single father. Oprah: Where Are They Now  will feature new episodes with updates on Oprah’s sister, Fab Morvan from 90’s music group Milli Vanilli, A Different Strokes  actor Todd Bridges and some of our favorite American Idol  Contestants.

It all begins on July 7th with new episodes of Oprah’s Life  class  and the 90-minute episode featuring Iyanla Vanzant and Winfrey addressing the reaction to their hugely popular ‘Fatherless Sons’ episode. The conversation will also continues on July 14 and 21, when the two ladies address ‘Daddyless Daughters’ as a two-part special.

RC will keep you posted as more information about these new OWN programs becomes available.