This week, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it has ordered eight additional episodes of the network’s popular Saturday night freshman docu-series “Livin’ Lozada” featuring reality star Evelyn Lozada and a new eight-episode second season of “Flex & Shanice” following the lives of husband and wife celebrity duo Flex Alexander and Shanice. The series’ new episodes will premiere later this year.
According to the network’s release, the premiere season of “Livin’ Lozada” brought younger viewers to the network and was the highest-rated freshman season ever for an OWN docu-series for women 18-49. The second cycle of “Flex & Shanice” was up +22% in women 25-54 versus its premiere cycle. In addition, the recent finales of “Flex & Shanice and “Livin Lozada” on August 29 ranked as the top two unscripted season finales in OWN history for women 25–54. The series also helped OWN finish 2015 as Saturday night’s #2 network on all of television for African–American women.
Check out the network’s description of both shows:
“Livin’ Lozada” follows the lives of reality star Evelyn Lozada, of “Basketball Wives” fame, and her 22-year-old daughter Shaniece. The series will return this spring with new drama and a whole new setting. Now that baseball season has ended, Evelyn and her fiancé, LA Dodgers star Carl Crawford, leave the glitz of Hollywood for their offseason home in Arizona. As the big 4-0 approaches, Evelyn feels more pressure than ever about conceiving a child and giving her young son, Leo, another sibling. Meanwhile, Shaniece is blazing her own career path, working to step out from her mother’s shadow in the fast-paced world of modeling. Despite Shaniece’s excitement over her budding career, she finds herself missing her mother and best friend who is now so far away. “Livin’ Lozada” is produced by Shed Media , with Pam Healey, John Hesling, Lisa Shannon, Russ Heldt and Evelyn Lozada as executive producers.
“Flex & Shanice” follows the lives of husband and wife duo, actor Flex Alexander (“One on One”), and Grammy-nominated singer Shanice (“I Love Your Smile”). From the outside looking in, Flex and Shanice are living the dream: they are beautiful celebrities with a long-standing marriage, gorgeous kids and a lovely home in suburbia. But five years ago when they were struggling financially, they invited their hilarious extended family to move in to help make ends meet and they have never moved out. And while this may give Flex and Shanice the support staff they need as they both focus on making professional comebacks, nine people under one roof can add just as much stress as it relieves. Flex and Shanice are working hard to reinvent their careers, and trying to hold it together long enough to capture that one big break before it’s time to chase another dream. “Flex & Shanice” is produced by Lynch-Dyson Entertainment. Executive producers are Jeff Dyson, Vernon Lynch and Robert Caplain.