The Love & Marriage franchise is expanding its reach into the Midwest with Love & Marriage: Detroit. Created by reality TV producer and Detroit native Carlos King, this new series is set to premiere on June 24 at 9 PM on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The announcement was made during Warner Bros. Discovery’s 2023 Upfront event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Love & Marriage: Detroit introduces a vibrant group of Black community members and leaders from the resilient “Motor City”. The show delves into the lives of three captivating couples, shedding light on the realities of navigating their relationships.
The Harrises: Russell and Kolby Harris, married for three years with a two-year-old daughter, are at the forefront of the series. In addition to being a devoted husband, Russell also runs a non-profit organization called Soar Detroit, which focuses on promoting literacy and sports in the community. Kolby, on the other hand, is a rising social media influencer, using her platform to connect with her followers. However, her rising popularity causes tension with some of the more established influencers in the group. As Kolby navigates the influencer space, a rift forms when a collaboration opportunity arises, leaving her friend Kristina apprehensive about joining forces. The disagreement between the two friends affects their husbands, who are also close friends, adding another layer of complexity to the story.
The Smiths: Brandon and Kristina Bowman-Smith have been married for 11 years and are blessed with two young daughters. They live in a penthouse overlooking Detroit. Kristina is a well-known fashion designer, stylist, and influencer in Detroit, while Brandon owns Star Factory, an artist development program aimed at nurturing young talents aspiring to become singers and recording artists. Marital woes plague the couple, stemming from Brandon’s ambitious dream of becoming the Barry Gordy of 2023, showcasing Detroit’s musical talent. However, Kristina’s strong faith clashes with Brandon’s need to frequent clubs for his talent development business, straining their relationship. Complicating matters, Brandon keeps a secret from his wife—he is working with new female artists in Detroit. When Kristina discovers this, chaos ensues, putting their marriage to the test.
The Thompsons: Anthony and Dr. LaToya Thompson, married for 14 years and raising two sons, bring their unique dynamic to Love & Marriage: Detroit. Anthony works for Live Nation, a touring company, and owns a production studio. Despite his accomplishments, LaToya, a successful sports physical therapist and owner of Opulence Wines, is the primary breadwinner in their household. This reversal of traditional gender roles creates tension, especially as Anthony accepts a production gig in Atlanta against his wife’s wishes. Eventually, LaToya puts her foot down, prompting his return to Detroit. Anthony also starts a men’s organization, providing an outlet for men to discuss issues affecting their relationships and lives. As part of his efforts, he organizes a Man’s Movement March in Detroit, inviting Marsau Scott from “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” as a guest speaker. Meanwhile, LaToya faces challenges as a Black woman in the predominantly white wine business. Disagreements arise when Anthony implies he played a significant role in building her wine company, leading to further complications in their relationship.
Love & Marriage: Detroit promises to captivate viewers with its compelling cast, intriguing storylines, and the exploration of contemporary relationship dynamics. Set against the backdrop of Detroit’s resilience, the show unearths the complexities of love, marriage, and the pursuit of individual dreams. Be prepared to embark on an emotional journey as Love & Marriage: