Cabler also announces premiere dates for two Tyler Perry skeins
Looking to build momentum from its 2012 ratings growth, OWN has greenlit four new original reality series and set a debut date for its first two scripted shows, both from Tyler Perry.“Blackboard Wars,” set to premiere in March and from Discovery Studios, examines a rough New Orleans high school where more than half of the students fail to graduate. “Golden Sisters” is a TV version of the three elderly siblings who were a viral phenomenon when they were seen watching a celebrity sex tape. From LMNO Prods., the show will look at their lives through a myriad of situations. In “Raising Whitley,” comedian Kym Whitley employs her friends to help raise a baby, who was left with Whitley when the real mother stranded the infant at the hospital. Skein is produced by Pilgrim Studios. The last of the four new nonfiction series is “Dogfellas,” about James Guiliani, a former friend of mob boss John Gotti who now runs a dog grooming parlor in Brooklyn. Nerd TV produces. Perry has long been a staple at TBS but is now coming to OWN, which hopes to get a sizable ratings boost with his two new series, hourlong drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” and sitcom “Love Thy Neighbor,” both set to debut May 29. Perry will write and direct the pilot for each, with his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios producing. “We’ve established a foundation of original programming, have seen solid ratings growth and are optimistic about our new slate of shows for 2013,” said president Erik Logan.