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OWN and Oprah Winfrey's April 2013 lineup: LaToya's docuseries debuts

By April Neale Apr 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT

OWN and Oprah Winfrey's April 2013 lineup: LaToya's docuseries debuts

LaToya Jackson on OWN this month. Picture copyright by Joyce Chow / PRPhotos.com.

Tune in alert for OWN / OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK April 2013 highlights:

NEW SERIES & SEASONS

(P) Denotes: Premieres

“IYANLA: FIX MY LIFE” (60 Minutes)

90-Minute Season Premiere - Saturday, April 13 (9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Iyanla Vanzant, accomplished author, inspirational speaker, talk show host and living testament to the value in life's valleys and the power of acting on faith, goes behind closed doors and deep inside the most private parts of people's lives for emotional, riveting conversations.  Season two features powerful episodes with multi-platinum rapper and actor DMX and former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Sheree Whitfield.

(P) Saturday, April 13 (9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Fix My Rap Star Life

Iyanla travels to multi-platinum rapper and actor DMX’s hometown of Yonkers, New York to support DMX in his deep-rooted struggles with women, sex and drugs.  She also sits down with DMX’s 19-year old son, Xavier and his estranged wife, Tashera.  Later, things go awry as DMX’s emotions run high and his temper takes over in the most controversial and explosive interview of Iyanla’s career.

(P) Saturday, April 20 (9 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Fix My Celebrity Ex-Spouse

Iyanla works with former “Real Housewife of Atlanta” Sheree Whitfield on her co-parenting relationship with her ex-husband, former NFL star Bob Whitfield. Iyanla and Bob head to the Georgia Dome to discuss Bob and Sheree’s volatile relationship history. Then, in a tense and emotional conversation, Iyanla sits down with Sheree at “Chateau Sheree” to find out what’s really going on behind the reality star’s tough exterior. Later, she meets with the couple to talk about the role of co-parenting in spite of their contentious divorce.  Secrets are revealed, truths are uncovered and emotions run high as Sheree and Bob reveal how they really feel about each other.

(P) Saturday, April 27 (9 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Fix My Diva Life

Iyanla hits the road to help a family in crisis in Stockbridge, Georgia.  Popular radio personality “Sasha the Diva” is caught in the middle of a tumultuous relationship between her 42-year-old husband of two-years, Kevin, and her 17-year-old son, Dominique.  Since remarrying,  Sasha's husband's harsh parenting style and her son's rebellious behavior have left the family in ruins.  As the damage piles up, Iyanla intervenes to open the lines of communication between all three family members, before it is too late.

“LIFE WITH LA TOYA” (30 Minutes)

Series Premiere - Saturday, April 13 (10:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT)

“Life With La Toya” gives an inside look at the outrageous world of La Toya Jackson—the wild card of one of showbiz’s most famous families—as she tackles love, career and maybe even parenthood, all on her own unpredictable terms.  The new reality series gets up close and personal as La Toya hunts for a new house, builds new business ventures, contemplates starting a family and perhaps the biggest of all --- jumps into the dating pool for the first time, ever.  On board for her new adventures are La Toya’s devoted business partner Jeffré, her legendary mom and dad, a pair of meddlesome matchmakers, a magician, a lovelorn lifeguard and La Toya’s lifelong best gal-pal Kathy Hilton (yes, Paris’ mom).  La Toya also opens up about her tumultuous past darkened by an abusive ex-husband, the death of her brother and family feuds.

(P) Saturday, April 13 (10:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: La Toya On Top

For the first time, La Toya is calling the shots and taking control of her life. For starters, she’s on the hunt for a big new house to call home.  Kathy Hilton, La Toya’s lifelong best friend pops by, and soon the pair is discussing the wild timeline of La Toya’s life, which has led her to where she is today.

(P) Saturday, April 20 (10:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: A Message from Michael

After a visit to the Jackson family home in Indiana, La Toya is inspired to confront haunting questions about her brother’s death; but will paranormal activity and a visit to a psychic push her over the edge?

(P) Saturday, April 27 (10:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Size Matters

La Toya is ready to start shopping for her big new dream house, but when it comes to finding a man to share it with, is she emotionally up to the task? Whether she’s looking for a mansion or a man, La Toya is one tough customer with very specific needs.

“RAISING WHITLEY” (30 Minutes)

Series Premiere - Saturday, April 20 (10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

“Raising Whitley” is a humorous and poignant new docu-series following actress and comedienne Kym Whitley and her riotous collective of friends – whom she calls "The Village” – as they attempt to do something none of them have ever done before: raise a baby…together.  When Kym signed up to mentor a troubled young girl, she never imagined she'd get a call from the hospital saying, "Your baby is ready."  After learning that her mentee exited the maternity ward leaving only Kym’s contact information, Kym experienced a cataclysmic moment.  With less than an hour to make a life-changing decision – and to do a lifetime of soul-searching – Kym chose to become a mother.  The Village banded together to help Kym bring up baby Joshua the best they knowhow, but sometimes it's hard to tell who is more mature – Joshua or the adults tasked with raising him.  Over the season, Kym learns the chaotic realities of becoming a full-time mom: She realizes that, while Craigslist may be perfect for finding an old couch, it’s not ideal for finding a new nanny; she survives Joshua’s first haircut; she gets her groove back on a manhunt with her girlfriends; and she discovers that being "just friends" with Joshua’s "daddy" may not be that simple.

(P) Saturday, April 20 (10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Meet Kym Whitley

Actress and comedienne Kym Whitley receives a life-changing call making her the guardian of a baby boy.  Now, with the help of her close friends, they are raising her son Joshua together.

(P) Saturday, April 27 (10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Help Wanted

Kym and her friend, actress Caroline Rhea, resolve that you shouldn’t advertise for nannies on Craigslist. Later, Kym takes her son for his first haircut, and a blowout between her and Joshua’s “daddy” Rodney leaves her rattled.

CONTINUING SERIES (New Episodes)

(P) Denotes: Premieres

“OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER” (60 Minutes)

Sundays (9-10 p.m. ET/PT)

The primetime series features Oprah Winfrey as she steps outside of the studio for riveting, enlightening and in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families.

(P) Sunday, April 7 (9 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Jane Fonda & Adopted Daughter Mary Williams

Oprah Winfrey visits Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda and her adopted daughter Mary Williams for their first-ever interview together. They discuss how they met, and Mary shares what it was like becoming a part of Jane's larger-than-life world. Jane’s biological son Troy also joins the conversation, discussing what it was like to have Mary come into their family. Later, Oprah and Jane speak one-on-one about the importance of giving back to the world, love and motherhood.

(P) Sunday, April 14 (9 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, & Diogo Morgado

Oprah Winfrey speaks with Emmy award-winning producer Mark Burnett, one of the most successful producers in television history, to discuss his illustrious career with shows including "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "The Voice." Most recently, Burnett teamed up with his wife, Emmy nominated actress Roma Downey, to create the television phenomenon “The Bible.” Oprah sits down with the husband/wife team to discuss their personal mission behind the project and the controversy around the series. Later, Oprah also speaks with the actor who portrays Jesus, Diogo Morgado.

“OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” (60 Minutes)

Tuesdays (10 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT)

 “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” tracks down memorable “Oprah” show guests who made you laugh...and made you cry.  Find out where they are now, plus see what happened to some of the biggest newsmakers of all time and how their lives changed after sudden fame and notoriety turned their worlds upside down.

(P) Tuesday, April 2 (10 p.m. - 11 p.m.) Episode: Omarosa and "Starsky and Hutch's" Paul Michael Glaser

In her first sit down since her famous fiancé’s death, TV reality star Omarosa talks about life after losing Michael Clarke Duncan. Then, we catch up with Paul Michael Glaser (aka Detective David Starsky) from the 70’s hit TV series “Starsky and Hutch” and his son Jake.

(P) Tuesday, April 9 (10 p.m. - 11 p.m.) Episode: Columbine Survivors Today, Mike Tyson & The Bachelors And Bachelorettes

Fourteen years after one of the deadliest shooting rampages in U.S. history, Columbine survivors discuss how they moved on from the tragedy. Later, Mike Tyson chats about his new life as a family man and how he lost over 100 pounds.  Then, TV's number one reality couple, Trista and Ryan Sutter from the popular series “The Bachelorette,” talks about what life is like after 10 years of marriage and two kids later.

(P) Tuesday, April 16 (10 p.m. - 11 p.m.) Episode: Chandra Levy’s Parents & Ryan White’s Mom Today

In 2001, Chandra Levy, a young political intern vanished without a trace. Today, her parents talk about their daughter’s case.  In 1985, teenager Ryan White was barred from school because he contracted AIDS during a blood transfusion. His mother talks today about keeping his legacy alive.

(P) Tuesday, April 23 (10 p.m. - 11 p.m.) Episode: Heidi Fleiss, Bow Wow All Grown Up, & Terry Schiavo’s Family

Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, who was busted for running a high-class prostitution ring, talks about her life today.  Rapper Bow Wow discusses fatherhood and hosting BET’s “106 & Park.”  Then, Terri Schiavo’s family speaks about the battle to let their daughter live or have the right to die. 

“POLICE WOMEN OF DALLAS” (60 Minutes)

Fridays (8 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET/PT)

“Police Women of Dallas” follows the lives of four extraordinary women -- three police officers and a detective -- as they provide a first-person account of their intensely demanding and often dangerous lives as officers of the law. Each episode is packed with adrenaline, bringing viewers along for the ride as the women risk their lives to keep the streets of Dallas safe.  Every day brings a delicate balance as the women juggle their lives as mothers, sisters and wives against a career that comes with serious risks.

(P) Friday, April 5 (8 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: There’s Blood Everywhere

Yvette responds with gun drawn to a home robbery in progress. Tracy has to calm a naked man who’s high on PCP.  Cheryl rushes to a self-inflicted stabbing. Angela investigates an aggravated robbery involving a transgendered suspect.

(P) Friday, April 12 (8 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: So…You Ready To Die?

Tracy responds to a call of a woman waving a butcher knife.  Yvette draws her gun during a burglary-in-progress. Cheryl tries to help a troubled teen; and Angela interrogates a carjacking suspect with a wild alibi.

“Home Made Simple” (60 Minutes)

Saturdays (9 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET/PT)

Each week host Paige Davis and her team of experts meet a couple who find themselves stuck in their quest of making over a room, tackling a once-in-a-lifetime event or repurposing that favorite antique.  Whether our couples are married, best friends, sisters or mother/daughter, our host and experts guide them through a series of clever ideas, renewed recipes and surprisingly simple do it yourself projects as they build to the big reveal.  With teamwork they learn to complete their transformations and the “Home Made Simple” experts show our couples short cuts to simplify their homes, so they can live their best lives.

(P) Saturday, April 6 (9 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: A Family That Gives, Is a Family That Gets

The inspiring Grimes family devotes their time to making home-cooked meals for the needy while their own home takes a back seat.  Host Paige Davis, her team of experts, a celebrity chef and local neighbors give back to the family with a refreshed new kitchen, dining room and an eco-friendly front yard.

(P) Saturday, April 13 (9 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: Turning Thrift Store Finds to Chic

A crafty mother struggling to make ends meet works with host Paige Davis and her team of experts to create a French provincial dream living room by repurposing old thrift store finds. Plus, the family meets a celebrity chef with a French twist and gets a surprise vacation that brings them to tears.

SPECIALS

“7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS” (60 Minutes)

Sunday, April 14 (10 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT)

The Johnstons, a feisty family of seven, refuse to live life differently because of their size.  Amber and Trent Johnston are living the American dream.  They have been happily married for 14 years and have five children ranging from 6 to 13 years old.  On paper, they might seem like your average family…yet in person, they attract a lot of attention…. because all seven members of the Johnston family – Amber, Trent, their two biological children, Jonah and Elizabeth, as well as their three adopted children, Anna, Emma and Alex – happen to have Achondroplasia Dwarfism.  Together, these spunky seven make up the largest known family of Achondroplastic dwarfs in the world.  In the special, Amber and Trent have big plans to design and build a backyard pergola in time for Alex’s seventh birthday, the family’s Christmas card photo shoot brings out the “bossy momma” and Amber tries to convince her husband to let her have plastic surgery.



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