Raising Whitley

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Raising Whitley
Raising Whitley.jpg
Genre Reality
Starring Kym Whitley
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Craig Piligian
  • Kym Whitley
  • Melodie Calvert
Running time 22 minutes
(Season 1)
42 minutes
(Season 2-)
Production company(s) Pilgrim Studios
Broadcast
Original channel Oprah Winfrey Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run April 20, 2013 (2013-04-20) – present
External links
Website

Raising Whitley is an American reality television series that premiered April 20, 2013, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.[1][2][3] It was announced in June 2013 that the Oprah Winfrey Network had ordered a ten-episode second season.[4] Season 2 premiered on January 4, 2014, and expanded to hour long episodes.[5] On April 29, 2014, OWN announced that Raising Whitley has been renewed for another season.[6]

Premise[edit]

Raising Whitley chronicles the daily life of actress-comedian Kym Whitley and her group of friends — whom she refers to as "The Village" — as they raise baby Joshua, the child that Kym unexpectedly gained custody of. Joshua was left to Whitley after a troubled young woman, who she mentored for 15 years, had mysteriously escaped the hospital immediately after giving birth and left behind only Kym's contact information.[7][8]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 8 April 20, 2013 (2013-04-20) June 15, 2013 (2013-06-15)
2 10 January 4, 2014 (2014-01-04) March 8, 2014 (2014-03-08)
3 TBA January 3, 2015 (2015-01-03) TBA

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "Meet Kym Whitley" April 20, 2013 (2013-04-20) 0.78[9]
2 2 "Help Wanted" April 27, 2013 (2013-04-27) 0.63[10]
3 3 "Mama's Manhunt" May 4, 2013 (2013-05-04) 0.39[11]
4 4 "My Two Daddies" May 11, 2013 (2013-05-11) 0.42[12]
5 5 "It Cakes a Village" May 18, 2013 (2013-05-18) 0.49[13]
6 6 "Palm Springs Shimmy" June 1, 2013 (2013-06-01) 0.49[14]
7 7 "Flirting With Disaster" June 8, 2013 (2013-06-08) 0.37[15]
8 8 "Friends With Benefits" June 15, 2013 (2013-06-15) 0.40[16]

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
9 1 "Momma Sexy is Back" January 4, 2014 (2014-01-04) N/A
10 2 "Move Out of My Man-Space" January 11, 2014 (2014-01-11) N/A
11 3 "A Stuffer's Kerfuffle" January 18, 2014 (2014-01-18) N/A
12 4 "The Blind Leading the Blind" January 25, 2014 (2014-01-25) N/A
13 5 "Cleveland Roots" February 1, 2014 (2014-02-01) 0.53[17]
14 6 "Here Today, Gondola Tomorrow" February 8, 2014 (2014-02-08) N/A
15 7 "Enough is a Muff" February 15, 2014 (2014-02-15) N/A
16 8 "The Last Straw" February 22, 2014 (2014-02-22) N/A
17 9 "Joshua's Birthmother" March 1, 2014 (2014-03-01) N/A
18 10 "What's Best for Joshua?" March 8, 2014 (2014-03-08) 0.78[18]

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
19 1 "Growing Up Whitley" January 3, 2015 (2015-01-03) TBA
20 2 "Wendell's Struggle" January 10, 2015 (2015-01-10) TBA
21 3 "One Night Only" January 17, 2015 (2015-01-17) TBA
22 4 "Rodney's Remorse" January 24, 2015 (2015-01-24) TBA
23 5 "Runaway Bride" January 31, 2015 (2015-01-31) TBA

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2014 20th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards Reality Show Nominated

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces New Saturday Night Programming Lineup Premiering in April". The Futon Critic. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dawidziak, Mark (March 11, 2013). "Kym Whitley starring in reality show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN". Cleveland Live. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lea, Jason (March 13, 2013). "Shaker Heights Native Kym Whitley Will Star In New Series On Oprah Winfrey's Network". Shaker Heights Patch. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 10, 2013). "OWN Orders Additional Episodes of 'Iyanla: Fix My Life', 'Raising Whitley', & 'Life With La Toya'". TV by the Numbers. 
  5. ^ Bibel, Sara (November 26, 2013). "'The Haves and the Have Nots' & 'Love Thy Neighbor' Season Two to Premiere January 7 & 8 on OWN". TV by the Numbers. 
  6. ^ "OWN RENEWS "RAISING WHITLEY" FOR SECOND SEASON AND ORDERS NEW EPISODES OF "DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK"". OWN Discovery Press Web. February 4, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces New Original Programming for 2013". The Futon Critic. January 5, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 5, 2013). "OWN Greenlights 4 Unscripted Series, Sets Premiere Date For Tyler Perry Sitcoms: TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
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  17. ^ Yanan, Travis (February 4, 2014). "Saturday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "48 Hours" Tops Viewers, College Basketball Leads Demos". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ "OWN RENEWS "RAISING WHITLEY" FOR SECOND SEASON AND ORDERS NEW EPISODES OF "DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK"". OWN Discovery Press Web. April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.