OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series ‘If Loving You is Wrong’ From Tyler Perry

OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry

In January, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it had ordered the network’s 4th weekly scripted series from Tyler Perry, “Single Moms Club,” based on the feature film of the same name, which Lionsgate released in March (it ended up being Perry’s worst performing directorial effort ever, at the box office).

Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, William Levy, Terry Crews, Eddie Cibrian, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown, Ryan Eggold and Tyler Perry himself all made up the film’s cast.

However, and not much of a surprise, they all won’t be starring in the TV series adaptation, as the cast of the OWN network show, which will be titled something else, has been revealed today.

Via press release from OWN, the new serial will be called “If Loving You Is Wrong,” and it will star Amanda Clayton and Aiden Turner as a couple with a seemingly perfect marriage on the surface, that’s actually in trouble of falling apart; Heather Hemmens and Eltony Williams play a second couple, struggling with their inability to have children; Zulay Henao (who starred in the film as well) and Joel Rush are divorced parents of an eight-year-old girl, who struggle with moving on with their lives, and into new relationships; Edwina Findley plays a mother who’s having to raise her son solo, while her boyfriend (and the father of her child), is away on a relief mission in Haiti for a year; And finally, April Parker-Jones plays a single mother of 3 kids at home and one adult son in prison, who constantly struggles to pay the bills, as her ex, played by Charles Malik Whitfield, tries to take care of her and the son they had together.

The film, “Single Mom’s Club,” centered on a group of single mothers from varying backgrounds (Long, McLendon-Covery, Henao), who are brought together via an incident at the school their children attend, leading to the creation of a support group that helps all of them overcome personal obstacles.

So, clearly, the TV series adaptation is following its own script.

This will be an hour-long drama series by the way, not a half-hour comedy.

This partnership between Oprah and Tyler, which they signed in late 2012, has certainly been very fruitful for OWN, with now 4 Tyler Perry-created shows, helping OWN to record ratings! Maybe not since Shonda Rhimes at ABC has one show creator’s presence (Perry’s) been felt so heavily on a single network.

Perry did say that he’d be taking a break from filmmaking for a little while, so that he could focus more on his TV efforts.

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Comments

Mark V

Phyllis Jones must be a happy person.

Phyllis jones

I love if loving you is wrong, also to have and have nots, I hate to see it end, I am also a writer, I love cliff hangers

Bored

I think the story lines are good but the pace and dialog are lacking. The plot lines advance at an agonizingly slow pace. The dialog is circular and redundant :-(

tanisha

the acting on this show is absolutely horrible!I’ve watched 5 episodes so far and I don’t think I can handle anymore. Where the hell did they get these actors from? They need to go back to acting school! All of them!

dianne

Stop throwing shade. I’ll be watching, but those not interested should just be happy. To see something positive take place. We have enough negative things going on today.

Concerned Viewer

Two of Terry Perry's shows are bad news. They are not funny and degrading to blacks. I understand that he is giving us jobs, but his material needs to be upgraded. Love Thy Neighbor and For Better or Worse are shows that would have been accepted in the sixties but not today. Come on Terry Perry, you can do better than this.

Frida

The OWN Network is garbage. What a disappointment.

Iam Noone

We must remember it's very difficult to keep a network going. shows appeal to you based on your preference. There are as many trashy white shows on TV. Honey BOO BOO, All the housewives series and women humiliating themselves to get a rich bachelor to marry them. I don't have a problem with Tyler's product. I support him because he gives unknown actors/actresses who would never get a chance to work in Hollywood. They can move forward to something else later. You can't please everybody. With so much on TV you can watch whatever you want. I wish there was as much conversation on line about the derogatory music on the waves and the music videos that degrade black women. If you were a starving actor trying to break into Hollywood and Tyler was the only person that would hire you, I bet you would take the role. It pays the bills

karen

can't wait

Ava

As long as we're discussing defunct shows, I wouldn't mind if someone could resurrect Hey Monie! which I found to be funny and kind of smart. I know I'm way off topic but I don't subscribe to cable.

Mike

I will be watching

troublemaker

Another garbage from Terry Perry productions! I bet this drama with be heavy on the cliches.

saadiyah

I understand that this is a business and you want to make money, but…Tyler Perry isn't the only person capable of writing good shows! I've been wishing that Oprah would pick up HBO's "Number One Ladies Detective Agency." What a change from the usual Black dramas!

Doesn't matter to me. I don't watch anything on OWN. There is nothing on there that attracts me.

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