(NEW YORK) — The Oprah Winfrey Network seems to be putting a modern-day spin on HBO’s iconic hit Sex and the City with its new docu-series called called Love in the City, which follows four friends living in New York City.
The series, previously titled Crazy. Sexy. Life., centers on celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright, life coach Bershan Shaw, actress Chenoa Maxwell and stylist Tiffany Jones — friends who have known each other for more than a decade. The show follows them as they deal with dating, separation, death, infertility and breast cancer.
Shaw, who on the series talks about beating breast cancer twice, said it was easy to open up her life to reality-show cameras because she wanted to help other women who may be dealing with the same issue.
“I mean, when you hear you have stage-four breast cancer and you have three months to live, that changes your life. …I was so shocked and I have a big mouth, and I like to talk, but I remember being so shocked,” Shaw told a room full of journalists Tuesday at an intimate New York City event in honor of the show’s premiere. “When I went out of the doctor’s office, the doctor said, ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ And I said, excuse my language, I said, ‘Hell, yeah, I believe in miracles.’ …I found the warrior in me — the strength — and I wanted to express that to women.”
Maxwell, who lets cameras follow her as she deals with infertility issues and the subsequent breakdown of her marriage, said she was just ready to stop pretending her life was perfect.
“We can feel comfortable about telling it all because I think we live with so many masks, and it disables us,” the Hav Plenty actress explained. “This is it! And we are going through so many struggles, and I think women out here go through so many struggles.”
Discover more of their story when OWN’s Love in the City premieres Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
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