OWN launching with behind-the-scenes 'Oprah Winfrey' reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/02/2010
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has announced it has ordered Behind the Scenes: Oprah's 25th Season, a new reality series that will document Oprah Winfrey and her staff as they work on the final season of her landmark talk show.
Behind the Scenes: Oprah's 25th Season will kick-off the network's primetime programming schedule when Discovery Communications' Discovery Health network relaunches as OWN in January 2011.
It will feature Winfrey offering perspective and personal reflections on her show while also providing viewers "unprecedented" access to the production on its final season.
"For the first time ever, viewers will get to see behind the curtains of The Oprah Winfrey Show," said CEO Christina Norman.
"Behind the Scenes: Oprah's 25th Season will document what will be the most amazing season, yet."
In addition, OWN also added four one-hour reality series-- Kid-napped, Miracle Detectives, Search and Sentenced -- to its development slate.
Kid-napped will follow kids who are given a chance to "kidnap" a workaholic parent and prevent them from focusing on their professions to instead spend quality time with them.
The tentatively-titled series is based on a U.K. format produced by Love Productions.
Miracle Detectives will follow two investigators -- one billed as a "believer" and the other a "skeptical scientist" -- as they travel around the world and investigate mysteries that go against logic.
Two miracles will be explored in each episode, which will include visits to the sites where the alleged incidents occurred and interviews with eyewitnesses, authorities, and experts.
The tentatively-titled series is produced by Pilgrim TV and Film.
Search will follow renowned search specialist and New Jersey housewife Pam Slaton as she helps people find loved ones ranging from missing family members to friends.
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The tentatively-titled series is produced by Stuart Krasnow Productions.
Sentenced is set at Rockville Correctional Facility, a maximum-security women's prison in Rockville, IN and will track the personal journeys of real-life "women behind bars."
The tentatively-titled series is produced by 44 Blue.