La Toya Jackson Reality Show Coming Soon
By Breeanna Hare, CNN
(CNN) — The Jackson family’s ongoing public feud already feels like a reality show minus the editing, but now one of the Jackson siblings is about to star in the real deal.
While announcing its fall lineup on Thursday, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network revealed that it has a La Toya Jackson reality show in the works for 2013.
Titled “Life with La Toya,” the program is expected to get “up close and personal” as La Toya “juggles the many demands of her famous family, her life-long friends, and her growing entertainment business empire,” a statement from OWN says.
Apparently, La Toya is known as “outspoken,” as the statement says, but the new show aims to display all the sides to La Toya as she searches for romance and considers building her own family.
For her part, La Toya Jackson told CNN in a statement via her rep that she’s “so pleased to be working with television legend Oprah Winfrey and to be a part of the OWN family. This will be one of the most exciting adventures of my life.”
Before “Life with La Toya” arrives in 2013, OWN plans to air some “Oprah”-centric programming, including a series called “TV Guide Magazine’s Top 25 Best Oprah Show Moments.” As you can probably guess, it’ll focus on the most memorable moments during “Oprah’s” 25-year run; that series will launch August 28 at 9 p.m.
OWN will also ask “Where are They Now?” of some of the long-running talk show’s unforgettable guests, and Iyanla Vanzant will be on call to help the troubled with “Iyanla, Fix My Life.”
Vanzant’s series will premiere on September 15 at 10 p.m., while “Oprah: Where are They Now?” will launch October 2 at 9 p.m.
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”; two new special episodes of “Oprah’s Lifeclass”; and “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will also return to the network in the fall, with “Next Chapter” boasting interviews with Kelsey Grammer and wife Kayte; Stephen Colbert, Bette Midler; and Jennifer Hudson.
Also on tap for 2013 are two other reality shows: “Neighborvention,” which will feature a new community each week as its members come together and help out neighbors in need; and “The Customer is Always Right,” which allows two customers to essentially act as consultants for big-name companies and gives them the chance to earn $10,000 if the companies like the changes suggested.
— CNN’s Carolyn Sung contributed to this report.