The Paynes (OWN)


The Paynes (OWN) – Premieres 16th January

Spin-off from House of Payne, where Curtis and Ella Payne are now about to enjoy their retirement. It kicks off with the whole Payne family heading off to Florida for the funeral of Curtis’ uncle, where Curtis reveals to his sons that he was left a dilapidated house in a sketchy part of town along with his laundry business.

After telling them that he plans for the house to be their retirement home, and how he is going to reveal the new abode to Ella after the funeral. He ignores the warnings from his sons that this surprise may not go down well. Which it doesn’t.

As comedies go this is epically poor, the laughter track is overused to the point where lines that aren’t even a joke get laughs for no discernible reason. And all whole thing is played out like a sub-par Chuck Lorre sitcom.

It’s one to avoid.



Checked Inn (OWN)


Checked Inn (OWN) – Premieres 21st November

Reality show that follows Monique Greenwood, the proprietor of four B&Bs as she makes sure that everything is set up for her guests to have the best time possible.

While the guest are there Moniques staff organise outings and activities for them, while Monique generally has deep and meaningful chats with them. All the while Monique is at loggerheads with her daughter who is refusing the offer to take over the family business.

It’s a bland as hell bit of reality TV.


Released (OWN)


Released (OWN) – Premieres 30th September 

Docuseries that follows six former prisoners as they adjust to life outside of jail over a the first 90 days of their release. With each of the people that are followed they are all trying to make amends from their previous indiscretions, while it also interviews their family members about how their imprisonment had a knock on effect on their lives.

As well as showing the folks getting used the outside world again they talk about the sequence of events that occurred that lead to them being incarcerated.  All the while trying to rebuild the trust between them and their families.

As a show it’s sort of the opposite of 24 To Life.


Queen Sugar (OWN)


Queen Sugar (OWN) – Starts 6th September – Renewed

Drama about a group of siblings who are suddenly brought back together after their fathers death. In it you have the son who was recently released from prison and struggling to support his son, the younger sister who’s a reporter and supplier of pain relief medication to the locals, and the older sister who’s married to a basketball player only to discover he’s been playing 5 on 1 with a groupie and his teammates.

As they get back together they find that their dad has missed two harvests with his sugar farm, so plan to work together to get the old family business up and running again.

It’s all very pedestrian.


Greenleaf (OWN)


Greenleaf (OWN) – Starts 21st June – Renewed

Drama where about the Greenleaf family who run one of those for-profit megachurches. It starts off with the return of former young preacher turned news reporter, who returns home after 20 years due to her sisters mysterious death.

After talking to her aunt she finds out that her sisters death may have been committed by one of her own family she decides to stick around and find out what exactly happened.

It’s a by-the-numbers drama. Nothing amazing and does what you’d expect.


For Peete’s Sake (OWN)


For Peete’s Sake (OWN) – Starts 19th March – Renewed

US TV hopefully nears the end of it’s quest to give everyone on earth their own reality show by offering up a copy of Meet The Smiths, to the extent that the husband is a former athlete, the wife a tv personality and they have a few kids.

Just like Meet The Smiths, they get up to the usual family shanagians but throw in a wee bit of pensioner tattooing to mix it up a bit.

It has literally been done before.


It’s Not You, It’s Men (OWN)


It’s Not You, It’s Men (OWN) – Starts 23rd January

Well, this is weird. Tyrese from Furious 7 as well as other Fast And Furious films teams up with Rev Run, whose personal mission in having a programme on every network gathers pace. Together they offer their opinions on a plethora of relationship problems, where Tyrese’s offerings are pretty much the polar opposite of Runs, as well as chatting to a couple of guests about the topics.

It is really awkward viewing.