It’s a celebration at OWN’s Ready to Love as the dating show marks 100 episodes with a retrospective special.
The one-hour special, airing this week, looks back on fan favorite highs and lows from past episodes.
The milestone episode will highlight the show’s success at helping Black men and women find partners, and it includes updates from the cast, as well as a special appearance by Oprah Winfrey.
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Host Tommy Miles, known to fans as “Nephew Tommy,” recently spoke with Urban Hollywood 411 and said he can’t believe the 100th episode has arrived.
“That is big. That is major. I feel like the Jeffersons, moving on up, moving on up,” he quipped, referring to the classic sitcom, The Jeffersons.
“I’m excited. And I mean, 100. I had no earthly idea we would be even talking about 100,” Miles added. “When I first jumped on, I was like, ‘Oh, my God. How can I make this first season outstanding?’ And now here we are, fast forward and we’re at number 100. That’s a big blessing.”
The series focuses on bringing together singles who are committed to finding love, a task Miles said can be difficult because not everyone who comes on the show is ready for love.
Participants are challenged to date and eliminate their least favorite prospects to determine who is ready to make a genuine connection.
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Throughout the previous six seasons, the dating show has connected singles looking for love in Atlanta, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Miami.
When asked if they’ll ever bring the series to Los Angeles, Miles was coy.
“You know what? I would love to see how L.A. would do, that would be interesting,” he said. “And can we find 20 genuine singles who are looking for love? I think they’re there. I think there’s some people that want it. We’ve just got to do a lot of good vetting and make sure we don’t get some good actors, because I’ve been getting some good actors and we find out later, they really weren’t looking for love.”
Still, the TV host, radio personality, comedian and actor said he has a personal connection to the City of Angels, so it could happen.
“I’ve lived there, I love L.A. and I think the excursions that the couples would go out on would be great, especially in California”, he added.
Ready to Love’s average viewership has grown across all key demos in each of the past 2 years,” as previously reported. Total viewership is up more than 20 percent, making the series one of OWN’s most watched shows and an audience favorite.
The series is executive produced by Will Packer, Will Packer Media, and Jeff Spangler and Rob LaPlante of Lighthearted Entertainment. Anthony Sylvester and Angela Fitts executive produce for Lighthearted Entertainment.
The Ready to Love celebration special premieres Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.
Anita Bennett contributed to this report.