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Oprah Winfrey Brings ‘To Have And To Hold: Charlotte’ To OWN

(Atlanta, GA) – As Oprah Winfrey continues to build her network, the media mogul is bringing another relationship based program to OWN.

Unlike most reality shows that often appear to be scripted or fluffed up to add drama, To Have And To Hold Charlotte needs no help. With an eclectic group of couples putting it all out there for the world to see, viewers will finally get an authentic look at what marriage is really like.

Some of the cast of To Have And To Hold Charlotte speak to the press in Atlanta about the new show. – Photo Credit: Sytonnia Moore

As castmate Alane states in the first episode, marriage is a whole lot different behind closed doors.  She and her husband Yandrick along with Christine and Daryhl and Ursula and Clinton also known as The Socialites, The Dinks and The Empty Nesters respectively, sat down for a private Q & A to talk about the experience.

Members of the press were given an advantage though with access to the first three episodes and it is definitely a must watch. Five couples, including a gay couple, managing their lives and navigating their way through the ups and downs of married life; what’s refreshing about To Have and To Hold Charlotte is that no one is pretending that he or she has the perfect union.


Yandrick and Alane Paraison, run right along the heartbeat of the city as the show’s socialites. 

As proclaimed, they run Charlotte and everyone knows who they are. 

The couple, both entrepreneurs at this point, speak candidly about past financial struggles and role reversal when Alane carried the family through a rough patch. 

Yandrick has no problem with crediting his wife for holding their family down financially when those problems arose, but acknowledges that it’s not easy for a man to be in that position.

Married for 15 years with four children, he’s a senior consultant and entrepreneur.

She owns a salon and works long hours as a hair stylist.

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OWN Cancels Series Love Is__ After Producer Accused Of Domestic Violence

(AP) – The Oprah Winfrey Network is canceling the TV series Love Is __ after the man in the middle of the show was accused of domestic violence. The series is based on the real-life love story of producer Mara Brock Akil and executive producer Salim Akil.

OWN shut down the second season this week after one of Salim Akil’s ex-lovers sued him. Amber Dixon Brenner says Akil physically, verbally, and sexually abused her during a ten-year extramarital affair. The actress, who appeared in the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, also says Akil stole the idea for Love Is __ from a screenplay she wrote.

Nooooooo! Oprah Sells Off More Of Her OWN Network To Discovery

(SL)  –Today in news that is simply related to a business deal and is not necessarily indicative of anyone’s future plans, Oprah Winfrey has sold off some of her stake in the OWN network to Discovery Communications for $70 million, giving it majority control. That comes from the Los Angeles Times, which explains that OWN used to be a 50-50 joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery, but this deal brings its ownership to “nearly 75 percent.” Winfrey will still serve as OWN’s CEO, and she will “work exclusively” on basic cable for the network through 2025.


Discovery said it paid $70 million to acquire an additional 24.5 percent stake in OWN from Winfrey’s production company, Harpo Inc.

Harpo Inc. retains a minority stake in OWN, and Winfrey will continue in her role as CEO through at least 2025.

“This transaction allows Discovery and Oprah to unlock more value from our partnership; extends once more her commitment to the network; and lets us continue our strong work together to nourish OWN viewers with the content they love,” Discovery CEO David Zaslav said.

In September, Discovery agreed to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. for $11.9 billion.

Discovery said once the Scripps acquisition is completed and combined with its existing female-focused networks, Discovery will be home to five of the top pay-TV networks for women.

The Scripps acquisition will give Discovery channels that include HGTV and Food Network.