THR’s 30-ish Most Powerful Producers in Unscripted TV

A massive rising star in the unscripted field, King and his Kingdom Reign production company have become one of the biggest suppliers to OWN. Series Love & Marriage: Huntsville and spinoff Love & Marriage: DC are the top two Saturday players among African American women. More spinoffs are an inevitability. And so confident is OWN in King’s skills, behind the camera and in front of it, he launched the network’s first late night talk show (The Nightcap With Carlos King) in May.

If this weren’t my job, I’d be …

“A psychologist, since that’s really what reality producers are at the end of the day!”

“Carlos Is King” Bleu Magazine Cover Story

From Diddy’s blueprint to becoming the prototype for cable productions, Carlos King’s reality reign can’t stop, and won’t stop.

Known for being a purveyor of pop culture-driven reality television, it is nearly impossible to turn on your television without feeling the dominance of the king – Carlos King. Originating from the great Motor City [Detroit], King – the CEO of Kingdom Reign Entertainment – is seemingly unstoppable when it comes to hot streaks of reality television.

Before the green screen Carlos had drive with a dream. While studying media and journalism at Wayne State University, the go-getter decided to move to New York City where he entered a matrix of interning – ABC’s The View, Def Jam Records, MTV, and later BET.

“I followed Puff Daddy’s school of thought, which was to get an internship because no one is going to turn down a freebie! I was an intern at BET when I was 25 years old. For these kids nowadays that’s the end of the road. But I didn’t care. I knew my road was going to be different. I wanted to get in the business.”

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OWN Moves Into Late-Night With ‘The Nightcap With Carlos King’

Carlos King, creator and exec producer of OWN’s Love & Marriage, is hosting a late-night series for the Oprah Winfrey-led cabler.

The Discovery-backed broadcaster is moving into the genre with The Nightcap with Carlos King.

The series, which is in the same vein as Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, will premiere on May 14 at 10pm, after the launch of Love & Marriage: D.C, the network’s first-ever franchise spinoff.

In The Nightcap, King will welcome guests from OWN’s most popular shows to let their hair down and break down their juiciest storylines. The half-hour series will also feature surprise guests from Carlos’s “little black book” of celebrity friends who will dish on pop culture headlines and participate in fun games and revealing challenges.

It comes after King, who is founder and CEO of Kingdom Reign Entertainment, which is also behind Lifetime’s My Killer Body with K. Michelle, Netflix’s Styling Hollywood and BET’s Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka’Oir, recently launched his own podcast – Reality with the King.

He also hosted the Love & Marriage: Huntsville season three reunion show. The spinoff series – Love & Marriage: D.C – will focus on The Real Housewives of Potomac alumni Monique and Chris Samuels, marking their return to reality television after four years. They are joined by their friends Erana and Jamie Tyler, and Ashley Silva and her husband, on-air personality DJ Quicksilva.

The Nightcap with Carlos King is produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment for OWN with Carlos King as executive producer.

‘The Real Housewives’ Producer Carlos King Launches Reality TV Podcast With SiriusXM

EXCLUSIVECarlos King, who has exec produced series including The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love and Marriage: Huntsville, is getting into the podcast game.

King is launching Reality with the King podcast, which will go behind the scenes from some of the most iconic moments from the biggest reality shows on TV.

He has teamed up with SiriusXM-owned Stitcher to launch the series on April 6 with episodes every Wednesday and Friday.

The series will look at the betrayals, hilarious interactions and dramatic scenes from The Real Housewives franchise, Love & Marriage: Huntsville, The Bachelor and many other shows. King will be joined by reality TV stars to talk about the drama.

OWN Orders DC-Set ‘Love & Marriage: Huntsville’ Spinoff With ‘Real Housewives Of Potomac’ Alums Monique & Chris Samuels

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is expanding the Love & Marriage franchise with Love & Marriage: DC, the first spinoff of its successful reality series Love & Marriage: Huntsville, from Carlos King’s Kingdom Reign Entertainment.

The new series, starring Real Housewives of Potamac alums Monique and Chris Samuels, is set for premiere this spring on OWN.

Like the mothership series, Love & Marriage: DC will follow successful power couples as they navigate both their business and personal lives, but this time, set against the backdrop of the D.M.V. (aka the DC, Virginia, Maryland area).

The Samuels will be joined by their friends, Erana and Jamie Tyler, and Ashley Silva and her husband, on-air personality DJ Quicksilva. You can watch a teaser below.

Per OWN, “in the first season of Love & Marriage: D.C. Chris is looking to get his relationship back on track with his wife Monique while still searching for his passion, post-NFL retirement. Meanwhile, Monique’s many businesses are booming; from her essential oil line to another potential career change on the horizon. Radio personality and self-proclaimed “Party Kingpin” DJ QuickSilva is the hardest working DJ in the D.M.V. area, and his wife Ashley is stepping into her own spotlight as a fashion designer, podcast host, and author. Erana and Jamie Tyler are enjoying their notoriety as D.C.‘s hottest socialite couple, but after 26 years of marriage, they are seeking the secret sauce to keep their lasting union sizzling while juggling the ever-changing needs of their children.”

Love & Marriage: Huntsville returns for its third season Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with Melody Holt and Martell Holt, Kimmi and Maurice Scott, Marsau and LaTisha Scott, Destiny Payton-Williams, as well as newcomers Tiffany and Louis Whitlow.

The most recent season of Love & Marriage: Huntsville averaged a record 729,000 total viewers, up 22% over its past two seasons, per Nielsen and the network. In 2021, it was Saturday night’s #1 original series across broadcast and cable with African American women, and the night’s #1 original non-sports series with African American households and total viewers.

Love & Marriage: D.C. is produced for OWN by Kingdom Reign Entertainment with Carlos King, Angela Dugan, Scott Shatsky, Brent Nisbett, and Tarin Laughlin serving as executive producers.

Lifetime Bolsters Unscripted Slate With Plastic Surgery Series, My Killer Body with K. Michelle

My Killer Body with K. Michelle stars the R&B chart topper, who was one of the first celebrities to come forward with personal health struggles after silicone injections nearly took her life. She will help men and women desperate to reverse plastic surgery procedures that now threaten their lives.

The series is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment and Kingdom Reign Entertainment and executive produced by Kimberly Pate. Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon executive produce for Jesse Collins Entertainment, Carlos King and Scott Shatsky executive produce for Kingdom Reign Entertainment. Patrick McCabe and Brandon Wilson also executive produce. and Brie Miranda Bryant and Kimberly Chessler serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

Belle Collective Named as One of the 9 Best Reality TV Shows To Stream On Discovery+

Belle Collective is an underrated gem that originally aired on OWN. Reality TV fans who enjoy ensemble shows will appreciate this series. It follows a group of Black women in Mississippi who are entrepreneurs and socialites, with the show documenting their busy lives as they build their brands, businesses, and families.

But, of course, a reality TV show wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of drama. Belle Collective has plenty of it. The show has the same essence as The Real Housewivesbut it’s unique in its own way. There’s just been one season of Belle Collective so far, making this series a perfect weekend binge.

‘Love & Marriage: Huntsville’ Delivers Most-Watched Episode Ever, Becomes OWN’s Top Unscripted Telecast Since 2019

OWN’s reality television breakout Love & Marriage: Huntsville is seeing a ratings boom in its third season of the network, Shadow and Act can exclusively report.

The show led Saturday night’s cable telecast among its key demo, delivering its most-watched episode ever with more than 1 million total viewers in L+3 for its second episode of the season. This makes it OWN’s most-watched unscripted telecast since March 2019 (an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life). It also makes Love & Marriage: Huntsville Saturday night’s No. 1 telecast across broadcast and cable with the African American W25-54 and W18-49, outperforming NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in both demos. OWN was also Saturday night’s No. cable network among W25-54 and W18-49, only behind USA Network.

Love & Marriage: Huntsville “follows the lives of longtime friends Melody and Martell Holt, LaTisha and Marsau Scott and Kimmi and Maurice Scott in Huntsville, Alabama. This season, there’s a whole new dynamic — the Holts are officially divorced and trying to co-parent peacefully, business is booming for LaTisha and Marsau’s cigar bar, and Kimmi and Maurice are struggling to parent a teenager.”

The show is produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment and ITV America with Carlos King, Bernie Schaeffer, Angela Dugan, Brent Nisbett and Andrew Hoagland serving as executive producers.