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This marks an end of a chapter in OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s history — the network’s popular docuseries Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s will end after its upcoming fifth season, which is set to premiere with a special sneak preview on Tuesday, May 1 at 10 PM, following Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots. The series about the behind-the-scenes drama at a family-operated soul food empire, will continue in its regular time slot on Saturdays beginning May 5.
Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s debuted on OWN in October 2011 when the cable network, a co-venture of Winfrey and Discovery Communications, was undergoing growing pains, with its first series, focused largely on empowerment, failing to attract broad audience and a revolving door of executives coming and going in a slew of shakeups.
Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s was OWN’s first breakout hit that helped the network find its identity and start catering more to African American audiences. It became a signature series for OWN, which found stability, ratings growth and more hits. It ranks as the #2 original Saturday-night series in OWN history among the network’s core demo of women 25-54 and in total viewers and was 2017’s #2 original cable series on Saturday nights for African American women.
“For nearly seven years, our viewers have fallen in love and followed an incredible journey with Miss Robbie, Tim and the whole family,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “It comes with immense gratitude and appreciation as we send off the series for its final season and make OWN history celebrating 100 memorable episodes.”
Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s will mark its 100th episode finale on Saturday, June 9 with a special 60-minute after-show immediately following the finale. Hosted by comedian/actress Kym Whitley, the special will feature Miss Robbie, Tim, Charles, Monique, Jan, Linda and Cousin Michelle, as they share behind-the-scenes stories from the run of the entire series.
Watch the promo for Welcome to the Sweeties Pie’s final season here.