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Oprah Winfrey signs on Mara Brock and Salim Akil for new drama

Oprah Winfrey signs on Mara Brock and Salim Akil for new drama entertainment oprah mara brock akil

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The Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered a new drama called “Love Is_,” according to Variety.

The show was created by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, who will also executive producer through their Akil Productions. Mara Brock will also serve as the showrunner for the project, which was previously in development for ABC and will be a multi-camera comedy.

“I’ve dreamed of working with the Akils,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I’ve been a huge fan of their work since first viewing ‘Girlfriends.’ They know just how to hit the cultural nerve to make you think and laugh at the same time.”

–Tyler Perry signs to Viacom, will be leaving Oprah’s OWN Network–

The show will be based on the Akils’ relationship and will explore the story of a power couple as they navigate through the highs an lows of life in Black Hollywood.

“To have a partner that brings the attention to detail and sheer excellence that Oprah has built an empire on is an absolute dream come true for Salim and me,” said Mara Brock Akil. “That, and it’s Oprah! ‘Love Is ___’ is not only a passion project, but is a personal one for us as well. We’re grateful to have her wholehearted support and magic touch behind this story.”

The show is slated for a 2018 premiere.

This news comes days after news reports revealed that OWN staple, Tyler Perry, would be leaving the network after signing a new deal with Viacom to produce original and comedy series for BET.

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