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First Looks At New Tyler Perry Series Coming To Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network

First Looks At New Tyler Perry Series Coming To Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network

Well, I hope these new Tyler Perry series work for OWN (aka the other black TV network that doesn’t call itself a black TV network).

Based on the below first previews, I can say that I’m probably not in the target audience for each; although, given what I do for a living, I’ll certainly watch the first episode or three, to get enough of a feel for each of them. 

But these first looks definitely tell me what each (until now, secretive project) will look, sound and feel like – the one-hour ensemble drama The Haves and the Have Nots, which is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 28 at 9 pm ET/PT, in a 2-hour pilot; and the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor, which will premiere on Wednesday, May 29 at 9 pm ET/PT, with two back-to-back half-hour episodes.

Leading up to the premieres of the two Tyler Perry serials, OWN will air some special event programming; specifically, on Sunday, May 26, Oprah will sit down with Perry for what the press release calls “an intimate in-depth interview” on a special Oprah’s Next Chapter at 9 pm ET/PT. 

It will be immediately followed at 10 pm ET/PT by Tyler Perry Comes to OWN: Behind The Scenes, said to be an exclusive inside look at the making of his two new series.

So, lots of promo work there for the premieres.

We are delighted to celebrate Tyler coming to OWN with these new specials as we ramp up to the debut of our first scripted series,” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. “Tyler’s fans, like Oprah’s fans, are incredibly connected and passionate. We can’t wait for them to see these shows.

And I’m sure those incredibly connected and passionate fans can’t wait to see them!

Check out the descriptions of both new shows below, which are followed by video previews:

THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS (Tuesdays from 9-10 p.m. beginning May 28)

From prolific writer, director, producer Tyler Perry, “The Haves and the Have Nots” is a new television drama which follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent mansion set in Savannah, Georgia. From the outside, the Cryer’s are the enviable face of success and wealth, but behind the veil, the family’s dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch Jim Cryer (John Schneider, “Dukes of Hazzard”) is a powerful judge whose double-life, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk. His wife, Katheryn Cryer (Renée Lawless, “Wicked”), is the ultimate matriarch portraying a loving and dutiful wife, but she is willing to do anything to protect her family’s status. Their son Wyatt (Aaron O’Connell) is a troubled angry jock who cares little for his own image and finds himself in and out of rehab. His sister Amanda (Jacyln Betham), a struggling law student, tries harder to live up to her parents’ expectations, but unknowingly has befriended a scurrilous young woman, Candace Young, with the power to ruin the entire family. Hanna Young (Crystal Fox) is the Cryer’s maid and the matriarch of her family. Despite having no money, she has found other types of wealth through religion and virtue. She prides herself on her dutiful son Benny (Tyler Lepley), the glue who helps keep the family together. Hanna does have one dark secret, however, her estranged daughter Candace (Tika Sumpter, “Gossip Girl”) — a manipulative opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. In a bizarre coincidence, Candace is shocked to find out that her newfound friend Amanda’s father is Jim Cryer, the very man who has been paying her for sex and who also employs Candace’s mother as his family’s maid. Armed with this knowledge, the dramatic stage is set for what will be, in Candace’s eyes, the opportunity of a lifetime. Other characters in the series include the Cryer’s chef Celine (Eva Tamargo, “Passions”), their wealthy friends Veronica (Angela Robinson) and David Harrington (Peter Parros) and son Wyatt’s rehabilitation counselor, Jeffery Harrington (Gavin Houston). “The Haves and the Have Nots” is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios. It is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry. Join the conversation on Twitter using #HavesandHaveNots and visit the show online at

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR (Wednesdays from 9-10 p.m. beginning May 29; two back-to-back half-hour episodes)

Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, “Love Thy Neighbor” is a half-hour comedy set at The Love Train Diner a family run restaurant where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a whole lot of love. Diner owner and feisty family matriarch Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely, “A Madea Christmas”) has her hands full not only managing her customers but her family drama, too. Her daughter Linda (Kendra C. Johnson, “Phat Girlz”) splits her time between Hattie’s home and the apartment she shares with her philandering husband. Linda’s son Danny (Andre Hall, “Goodbye LA”), a recent college grad, moves into a bachelor pad with his best friend Sam (Jonathan Chase, “Chemistry”) and lands a job at a hot internet design firm. He quickly establishes himself as a rising star… that’s when he’s not distracted by Sam’s hard-partying ways and their beautiful co-workers Marianna (Zulay Henao, “The Fighter”) and Drew (Darmirra Brunson, “Sunset Junction”). Meanwhile, Uncle Floyd (Palmer Williams, “House of Payne”) is an ever-present thorn in the Love family’s side. Like old luggage, they can never seem to get rid of him. “Love Thy Neighbor” is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios. It is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry. Join the conversation on Twitter using #LoveThyNeighbor and visit the show online at

First Look: The Haves and the Have Nots

First Look: Love Thy Neighbor

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Not a fan of Dallas soaps, and the Hattie character is a little broad for tv, but if I need a laugh and it happens to be on, I'll take a look.

There was a campaign to move All My Children to her channel (didn't watch that either). Bet it cost twice as much as Haves/Not.

Perry looks like he can squeeze two quarters out of a penny. Can't be frugality in the business.

Agent K

Ah Pa Kent's in the Haves and Have Nots? I hope he brings in Superman.


10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag.


I just witnessed Oprah's desperation in two 30 second clips. Wow.


The Haves looks like it would compete with 'The Young and The Restless" or something of that caliber. I don't watch those kinds of shows (or 'stories' as my kinfolk would call it). And the second looks like one of his overdone comedies. The only sitcom that remotely sparked my interest from TP was 'Meet The Browns' but that eventually fell flat (Does everybody have to actually cheat in TP's world, sheesh……….but oh well).

TYLER, The Creator

Fuck this show. Fuck Tyler Perry. And fuck Oprah.

The two richest black people in entertainment are on a mission to set black people back 50 years. And for what? More fucking money? Greed? This is an embarrassment. I'm sure the white execs at OWN and the white execs at Lionsgate are laughing at the expense of the black sheep who tune into this crap and shell out their hard earned dollars to support these two fucks. To those who assume that I'm hating, go fuck yourself. This is garbage. This is mediocre. This fucking sucks.


blah, blah

The first show looks like bootleg Scandal, meets Robert Townsend's The Bold, The Black and The Beautiful meets a Dowtown Abby rip-off.


F*ck it, Tika Sumpter looks good. I'll watch the first one just to see her showing all that leg and ish.


They are gonna go in on that Hattie character and her stereotypical behavior just like they did Mr. Brown but worse. ESPECIALLY if they didn't tone her down from the play version. I was a TP fan when he was underground, but he hasn't grown in over 10 years. Not artistically anyway.

Adam Scott Thompson

The Bold… the Black… the Beautiful.


I knew I recognized the maid, why do they always cast her as a maid though? Eva Tamargo played Pilar in Passions, this seems like a remake.


lord not another scandal wannabe.


LOL @ "aka the other black TV network that doesn't call itself a black TV network." Dang, remember when Oprah's audience was predominantly white women when she had the talkshow? They long gone now Lol.


I can't help but think that when Oprah started OWN she probably NEVER thought that she'd have to come down to this level of shows to support her network. I know making money is all part of the business but surely she has some long term goals for the network's image and reputation. Once she starts down this path, who know where it'll lead. If it's all about making money, then what's stopping her from greenlighting her own version of Basketball Wives or Love And Hip-Hop? The first one looks like a daytime soap opera and the second one looks like one of Tyler's shows on TBS. I was hoping that at least he'd come with something a little different and more original than this for OWN. I'm sorry but with these 2 shows, the Latoya Jackson reality series, the Kim Whitley reality series, and all that drama with Iyanla, I don't know where Oprah's going.

Miles Ellison

Dallas in blackface and an inferior version of Frank's Place. Yay. Take a bow, Oprah.


Some are hard to please and some are easy to please. I'm a fan of both TP & OW and I will give them my support by tuning in.


The Haves and the Have Nots looks like a soap opera and Love thy Neighbor looks ridiculous. I wish Tyler would get inspiration from somewhere else other than his plays and his personal experiences.


I hope it's a success. I plan on checking it out for sure. I'm not a big TP or OW fan for that matter, but I will be rooting for the two.


Ok, Tyler Perry is NOT a Christian….why keep writing these types of shows and feeding them to the people…If I had even 1/10th of his studio, I'd be putting out DEEP and RIVETING works that show people The Way….not this way…There is NO evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit in this man. He needs serious prayer and a teacher! He needs to be discipled because once he gets saved, (that's if he's not saved already), he's going to regret EVERY last piece of material he's EVER put out…If he doesn't get saved, he will regret EVERY last IDLE WORD he's written for these actors on the Day of Judgement…

Peace and blessings from our Glorious Messiah who returns very soon-


One looks like a damn soap and the other looks like his TBS stuff.

I don't know, Tyler.


I will not pass judgment before viewing. Some ppl choose not to watch because its a TP production.


And this is why my name is Stephen the house negro and will be until a black woman wins an oscar for best actress, not taking it on all fours with someone like Billy Bob behind them or throwing frying pans at black teenage girls heads. Tyler check out the end of school daze. Wakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Uppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp!


Man, I try to be positive, but:

1. Why do both shows look like they were shot with a home video camera?

2. Why hasn't Tyler invested in better equipment to shoot his shows?

3. Why is there always some older woman standing around warning a younger woman about a man "ruining her"? Aren't those the same words from the "Temptation" trailer?

4. Why does Tyler recycle so much? How many times will the audience hear the same exact dialogue?


A COLOSSAL HIT! Come on now, tell the truth, don't tell me y'all didn't slip a peek at Tyler's "A Madea Christmas". If not, surely you saw the star power of Hattie Mae Love in Madea Got A Job?

Well, I did and I'm here to tell you she'll be bigger than Mr. Brown and Curtis Payne. But for those who grab their heart and cry like Fred Sanford… "hear that Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya"… don't watch because this will be the big one.


Looks like an Upstairs Downstairs skit.


Those shows look horrible!!!! Oprah should be ashamed for putting that trash on her channel. Sdh.


So excited that OWN will be delivering some family oriented shows. I absolutely respect the fact that Winfrey supports Perry and vice versa! It is so easy to sit back and critique, judge, and belittle the efforts of others; however, doing something that makes a difference is a major task and one that is not so easily embarked upon my the masses. Kudos to Winfrey and Perry for this stellar accomplishment!


Wow. Both trailers look like *bleep*. I remember seeing the trailer for the soap opera on TV. And Oprah looks like a fool, showing us how uncultivated she really is. You can take the babe out of the 'Bama but you can't take the 'Bama out of the babe.


a yo that's Bo Duke from Dukes of Hazzard?

That's the Universe's way of paying him back for riding around with a confed. flag on the top of that car all those year



the have nots looks JUST like "The Bold, The Black, The Beautiful" skit/parody series that used to air on the Robert Townsend "Partners in Crime" HBO specials

do a youtube search and tell me this TP doesn't remind you of the sketch


Oh Tika Sumpter. You coulda had class! You coulda been a contender!




Watching these trailers made me feel the spirits of the dead from the Middle Passage turning in their watery graves.


* Rolls eyes*


What is this? A spin off from "A Family Tat Preys" ?

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