OWN to End ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ After Five Seasons

OWN’s long-running docu/reality series Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s will end its run after the upcoming fifth season, the network said Monday.

The series, which follows the lives of a family-operated soul food empire, will premiere its fifth season with a May 1 special sneak preview. The series will resume its run on Saturdays beginning May 5, said network officials.

Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s will end with its 100 episode on June 9, followed by a special one-hour after show hosted by comedian/actress Kym Whitley. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s ranks as the second most watched original Saturday-night series in OWN history, according to the network.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

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