“When Rev Run, Tyrese and CBS came to us with the idea of a primetime series we were energized by the chance to bring OWN viewers something fresh and entertainingly real in the ‘love space,’” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. “We can’t wait to turn them loose – enlightening us all about what makes men tick.”
“We are thrilled to be in business with OWN on our first original production for the network,” said Scott Koondel, executive vice president and chief licensing officer for CBS Corp. “Combining the enormous popularity of Tyrese and Rev Run with engaging topics like love and relationships will make a very entertaining hour for viewers.”
Millions of fans throughout the world know Tyrese Gibson for his starring roles in two of the biggest movie franchises as Roman Pearce in Universal’s juggernaut “Fast and Furious” movie and the Paramount Pictures franchise “Transformers.” He is also a four-time Grammy-nominated platinum recording artist. Gibson’s upcoming album, BLACK ROSE – which marks his last solo album – will be released July 10, 2015 through his own label, Voltron Recordz. His new single from the album, “Shame,” was the #1 Most Added song to radio in the country and is currently #4 on Billboard. Gibson is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller How To Get Out Of Your Own Way.
Rev Run (aka Joseph Ward Simmons) is a founding member of RUN DMC, the international platinum recording artists who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rev Run currently tours with RUN DMC and also enjoys a solo career as a DJ with residencies worldwide. He then starred in “Run’s House,” the reality series that ran for six seasons on MTV and spawned the spinoff “Daddy’s Girls.” He currently stars in “Rev Run’s Renovation” on HGTV and DIY Network; “Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers” on The Cooking Channel; and “Rev Run Around the World Adventures,” set to debut later this year on The Travel Channel. He is the author of several books including Take Back Your Family: How to Raise Respectful and Loving Kids in a Dysfunctional World, and Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith.
The yet-to-be-titled series is produced for OWN by CBS Television Distribution in association with Voltron Pictures and Simmons/Lehman Productions. Eric Pankowski created the show in collaboration with Tyrese and Rev Run. Pankowski is the showrunner/executive producer. Joining him as executive producers are Tyrese Gibson, Joseph Simmons, Jerome Martin, Isabella Castro and Michael Lehman.
The eight episode weekly series will debut in early 2016.