This November, reality TV is front and center on OWN with the series premiere and season premiere of shows starring Michelle Williams, the singer best known as a member of Destiny’s Child, and Laila Ali, the multimedia personality, former boxer and daughter of the late Muhammad Ali.
Here is a glimpse of what’s to come:
“HOME MADE SIMPLE WITH LAILA ALI” – Season premiere Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m.
Creating homes that families love to live in is at the core of “Home Made Simple.” The show pairs inspiring families, a team of professional designers, carpenters and special guest artists, who work together with the families to create simple solutions to everyday home challenges and design dilemmas.
Host Ali will be working alongside families as they transform their living, work and play spaces, revealing the compelling and inspiring stories of the families behind the makeovers. Ali, who describes herself as a “home cook,” will also teach the families easy recipes from her cookbook, “Food for Life.”
The first episode is titled “Kickin’ Home Office for a Family Shoe Business.”Newly retired, Dr. Kerry Cox had golf and travel in his sights, but his sons envisioned a family-owned shoe company instead. On “Home Made Simple,” his vintage home office is turned into a modern and functional space.
“CHAD LOVES MICHELLE” — Series premiere, Nov. 3, 8 p.m.
The new series features an honest, inside look at the path to marriage between Grammy Award-winning singer Michelle Williams, one-third of chart-topping Destiny’s Child, and Chad Johnson, sports chaplain to professional sports organizations.
Having been together for a year and never in the same city for more than seven days, the newly engaged couple is turning to intensive pre-marital counseling to help prepare them for life together as husband and wife. Both are relocating to Los Angeles from different cities in the months leading up to their wedding, but not to the same bedroom.
Guided by their faith and unwavering values, the couple has vowed to consummate the relationship only after they are wed. Each episode will feature real issues the couple is tackling in their everyday lives, including Williams’ high-profile battle with mental health issues and the lessons they learn from the pre-marital counseling sessions that bond them stronger together.
In the first episode, titled “Save the Date,” Williams and her new fiancé were about to start planning their dream wedding, but their plans are put on hold after Williams checked herself into a hospital for depression.
Williams announced the series on her Instagram page and wrote, “Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Chad and I are so excited to announce a partnership with @owntvin the premiere of our new show Chad Loves Michelle #AndILoveHimToothat we are also executive producers of!”
She said people were probably wondering why she and Johnson put themselves “out there.”
“This is an awesome, unique opportunity to show what God is doing,” she said. “We mutually wanted to show our journey to marriage…”
Johnson has served as chaplain for such teams as the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s white, and commented on his interracial relationship with Williams.
“What a special time for our relationship to be on display in that respect with the tension in the world and in our country,” he said.