Photo Caption (L-R): Kendrick Cross, Essence Atkins,
Brian White, Robin Givens, Erica Page, Brely Evans and Gino Pesi
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LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit primetime drama series “Ambitions” from record-breaking Hollywood producer Will Packer returns for its midseason premiere on Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT to bring back #TemptationTuesdays. The series is produced for OWN by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and its producer-distributor Debmar-Mercury.
“Ambitions,” which had its series premiere in June, explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia and centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), ex-best friends from college who are adversaries in both their personal and professional lives.
On average during the first half of the season, “Ambitions” ranked #1 in the Tuesday 10:00 p.m. time period across broadcast and cable with African American audiences, averaging more than 1.1 million total viewers.
Check out the new “Ambitions” trailer here: https://youtu.be/HBisKVyluCc
The midseason finale last August ended on an explosive cliffhanger when Senior Lancaster (Tony Vaughn) was murdered outside of his restaurant by a mysterious killer. In the series’ return, Rondell (Brely Evans) and Evan (Brian White) team up to demand justice for the murder of their father, however, a new threat emerges to keep both off the case. Stephanie (Robin Givens) has a checkmate moment when Amara (Essence Atkins) discovers her in Titus’s (Kendrick Cross) hotel room. This fuels Amara’s desires to take down the unstoppable Stephanie once and for all. Bella (Erica Page) faces every mother’s nightmare.
The new episodes will also feature “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Mara Hall who plays Darcia Lancaster, Rondell’s cousin and childhood best friend, as well as soap opera veteran Rick Hearst (“General Hospital”) as Jerry Lannister the high-powered attorney and former law school classmate of Stephanie.
Catch up on “Ambitions” on the WATCH OWN App.
“Ambitions” is created by executive producer and writer Jamey Giddens. Will Packer is executive producer. Kevin Arkadie is executive producer/showrunner. Will Packer Media’s Sheila Ducksworth also serves as executive producer.
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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN’s original scripted series include popular dramas “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong,” “Ambitions” and “David Makes Man.” OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Family or Fiancé” and “Black Love.” OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.
About Will Packer Media:
Led by Hollywood producer Will Packer, Will Packer Media is a first-of-its-kind production and branded content company focused on the New American Mainstream audience. In partnership with Discovery, Inc. and Universal Pictures, the company produces episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms, compelling content for brand clients, and short-form digital content for millennial audiences. Will Packer’s films have earned more than $1 billion, with ten opening at number one at the box office.
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate's content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company's worldwide consumer base.
Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show and, with co-producer City life Productions, Caught in Providence, debuting nationally in September 2018. It has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America’s Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; off-Netflix episodes of BoJack Horseman from Michael Eisner’s privately held media and entertainment company, The Tornante Company; as well as U.S. distribution rights to Schitt’s Creek, the critically acclaimed half-hour, single-camera scripted comedy created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy that ranks as the No. 1 original series on Pop TV; the 10/90 sitcoms Debmar-Mercury pioneered including Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and the Debmar-Mercury / Lionsgate Television comedy Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen). Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next-generation audiences around the world.
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