The Book of John Gray (OWN)

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The Book of John Gray (OWN) – Premieres 15th April

A reality show that follows pastor John Gray, who in between from working in the biggest church in the US, helps some of his parishioners all while making time for his family.

In the show, after meeting up with his assistant he finds out that one of his flock needs some help. So heads off to find out whats going on, offers some advice and promises to help them in some way.

From there John meets up with some of his colleagues to talk about the situation, and to get some ideas in to best help the parishioner. Before doing a quick catch up with them to see how everything is going.

After some chat with his family where he discovers that his home life is going to be changed is some way. John does his final meet up with the person needing help, where he reveals the way the church will help them, including his colleagues managing to wangle specific benefits to them.

The show then wraps up with John having some family time, before he handily recaps everything that has gone down by writing a letter to his dead father. As reality shows go this is a laid back one, where it would only be of interest to those that have more than a passing interest to the life of a preacher.

1.5/10

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The Paynes (OWN)

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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.

0.8/10

Checked Inn (OWN)

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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.

1.3/10

Released (OWN)

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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.

4.7/10

Queen Sugar (OWN)

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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.

3.0/10

Greenleaf (OWN)

Greenleaf

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.

4.3/10

For Peete’s Sake (OWN)

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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.

1.0/10