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Oprah Winfrey's OWN debuts docu-series, 'Welcome To Sweetie Pie's' Oct. 15th

(October 13, 2011) -- Welcome to Sweetie Pie's, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's highly-anticipated new family docu-series premieres on Saturday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (8 p.m. CT) and takes viewers inside the close-knit Montgomery clan from St. Louis as they attempt to balance the daily demands of their lives while expanding the family-owned business. Featuring an African-American cast, Welcome to Sweetie Pie's is a heartwarming depiction of a hardworking, colorful and loving family, and demonstrates how good food, prepared with love, brings people together from all walks of life.

"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's features a strong, fun-loving family as they work together to run their St. Louis soul food restaurant. We look forward to viewers welcoming the Montgomery family into their homes," said Lisa Erspamer, executive vice president, programming and development, OWN.

The show focuses on the family's matriarch, Sweetie Pie's owner Robbie Montgomery, a one-time backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Pattie LaBelle, who honed her world famous fare utilizing her mother's coveted soul food recipes to feed her band mates on tour during the segregated 60's - a time when finding restaurants that would serve African-Americans with dignity was a difficult task. After a health scare ended her singing career, Montgomery (best known as "Miss Robbie") sold her delicious dishes from the trunk of her car before opening her first Sweetie Pie's eatery 15 years ago with the help of her family. Eight years later, Miss Robbie opened her second, roomier location in the Mangrove neighborhood.

The hour-long debut, the first of the eight-episode premiere season, follows Miss Robbie as she juggles the chaos of running her popular St. Louis soul food restaurants while dealing with her boisterous family. While helping her to manage the restaurants, her son Tim also consults friends and family for advice as he gets up the courage to propose to his pregnant girlfriend Jenae. Audiences also learn that getting the business loan to allow for her planned expansion of the Sweetie Pie's empire may not go as Miss Robbie planned. Over the course of the season, we see Miss Robbie opening herself to the possibility of love and marriage despite her senior citizen status; planning her annual birthday bash, which will include a reunion performance of the Ikettes; and dealing with a family medical emergency and the birth of a grandchild.

Welcome to Sweetie Pie's is produced for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network by Pilgrim Films & Television. Executive Producers are Craig Piligian, Laurie Girion, Tim Brietbach, Jeff Keane and Steve Luebbert. Co-Executive Producer is Jenn Duncan.

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