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OWN Picks Up a Reality TV Show That Showcases Black Love And Family

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OWN has ordered eight more episodes of Flex and Shanices reality show. www.naturallymoi.com

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Reported by Kacie Whaley

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network has picked up a new reality series coming this fall titled, Flex and Shanice.

The show— which features the dynamic family life of One on One actor Flex Alexander and his wife, R&B singer Shanice Wilson— aired a test-episode on May 31st and garnered great audience numbers.  According to Multichannel News, almost 500,000 people tuned in, which was a 25 percent increase in viewers in the 10PM time-slot compared to last year.   The special was the night’s number one program for African American women between ages 25-54 and 18-49, reported Eurweb.

“Saturday nights on OWN have become the place to be for viewers seeking great family entertainment, and we are pleased to share the newest members of our family with our audience,” said Sheri Salata, OWN co-president.  “Flex, Shanice and their big, loud, loving brood are not unlike many families today who have combined resources in order to get through some tough times.  Seeing how their love, laughter, and enduring faith in one another makes even the most challenging of days worthwhile is both entertaining and inspiring.  We think our viewers are really going to connect with them.”

The reality show will not only focus on family, but will also delve into the financial issues that Flex and Shanice have experienced over the years.  Flex sat down with Yahoo Music and said that the series will display some of the ‘ups and downs of the [entertainment] business.’  “You’re making money. You think it’s just going to continue to go on…and then reality hits, and you’re looking like, ‘Wow, there’s nothing in the account,” said Flex.

OWN’s Saturday nights will also include Iyanla: Fix My Life, Six Little McGhees, Deion’s Family Playbook, Life With La Toya, Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley.

Will you be watching Flex and Shanice this fall?

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