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OWN Tabs Tyrese, Rev. Run For New Series

OWN will team with actor Tyrese Gibson and hip-hop icon Rev. Run on a new series that will explore the topic of men and love.

The as-yet-titled series will be produced by CBS Television Distribution and will follows on the heels of Gibson and Rev. Run’s best-selling book Man-ology, said network officials. The eight episode weekly series will debut in early 2016. 

The show, taped in front of a studio audience, will feature Gibson and Rev. Run along with celebrity guests as they discuss men and relationships, according to the network.

“When Rev Run, Tyrese and CBS came to us with the idea of a primetime series we were energized by the chance to bring OWN viewers something fresh and entertainingly real in the ‘love space,’” said Sheri Salata, president of OWN in a statement.  “We can’t wait to turn them loose - enlightening us all about what makes men tick.”

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.