Oprah's TV network adds the Judds, Carson Kressley, Ryan & Tatum O'Neal
Oprah's keeping it in the family. On Monday, the Oprah Winfrey Network announced three new original series that will debut in 2011, including “The Judds,” which stars mother-daughter country duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd; “Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals” with father-daughter acting team Ryan and Tatum O’Neal; and “Carson-Nation” which will be hosted by former "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"' host Carson Kressley, the friendly fashion expert who seems like everyone's favorite animal print-loving uncle.
“We’re excited these two iconic families are allowing us to chronicle their personal stories as they embark on new chapters. We think our viewers will relate to the complex and dynamic relationships of Wynonna and Naomi Judd and Ryan and Tatum O’Neal,” said Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer of OWN, in a statement.
As for Kressley, she adds that his "hilarious adventures on the road will entertain and surprise.”
“The Judds” spotlights Naomi and Wynonna as they prepare for their first tour in 10 years. “Carson-Nation” finds Kressley traveling to small towns across America, overseeing viewer makeovers coast to coast. And “Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals” follows the two actors as they try to repair their estranged relationship after years of family dysfunction, drug use and arrests.
When OWN debuts at noon on Jan. 1, 2011, the network's new talent will join a lineup marked by "Oprah" regulars such as Suze Orman, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz (“Ask Oprah’s All-Stars”), Gayle King (“The Gayle King Show”) and Dr. Laura Berman (“In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman”).
-- Melissa Maerz
(Photo: Oprah Winfrey. Credit: AP Photo / Evan Agostini)