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OWN Pulls Plug on ‘Love Is__’ Series

OWN has cancelled its drama series Love Is __ weeks after alleged domestic violence charges surfaced against the series’ executive producer Salim Akil.

The series -- created and produced by Akil and his wife Mara Brock Akil -- was initially renewed by OWN this past summer, but the network decided Wednesday to pull the plug on the series amid a lawsuit filed last month by a woman alleging Salim Akil physically and sexually abused her. 

“OWN has decided not to move forward with the second season of “Love Is __,” the network said in a statement. “The TV memoir was inspired by the real-life love story of producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.”

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