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Cincinnati comedian Gary Owen starts filming reality TV series in Queen City

Premiere date revealed for new BET series
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Posted at 3:02 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 15:18:52-04

CINCINNATI — Camera crews started filming episodes of "The Gary Owen Show" in the Queen City this week, according to the Cincinnati comedian's Facebook page.

The cable series, which follows the lives of Owen and his family, is set to premiere at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 on the Black Entertainment Television network, Owen posted Wednesday. 

Owen filmed a pilot for the series in December in Cincinnati after pitching the idea to BET, OWN, Oxygen and We TV. In April BET ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the non-scripted reality television show. 

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Owen said at the time that he and his wife, Kenya, waited to film the entire series until their children were on summer break. 

“We’ll be in Cincinnati filming 90 percent of the show,” he said.

Gary Owen with wife Kenya at the BET Awards in 2014.

The show will not be the first time Owen has appeared on BET, though. The Cincinnati native got his first big break in 1997 when the network made him the first white host of “Comic View,” a stand-up comedy showcase.

Owen has since appeared in shows such as “House of Payne” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood" and movies such as “Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man” and “Think Like a Man Too.”