Tyler Perry was contemplating the idea of starting a TV network. It’s a good thing for Oprah Winfrey that he didn’t, because his programming has been just what OWN needed. Perry’s soap The Haves and The Have Nots was the highest season premiere in OWN history May 27 with more than three million viewers. Haves‘ season finale is July 29, but viewers won’t have to wait long for their Perry fix. His newest effort, If Loving You is Wrong, debuts on OWN Sept. 9.
This drama features a couple of daytime soap vets, All My Children’s Aiden Turner and Days of Our Lives‘ Joel Rush. It was originally titled Single Moms Club, the same title as a recent Perry movie. But that film didn’t connect with audiences, probably sparking the name change for the TV show.
Loving deals with the trials and tribulations of several couples who all live on the same street. Beneath the happy exterior they put on, all kinds of secrets are brewing. Turner’s Brad character is married to Alex (Amanda Clayton) and are hiding a secret that could end their marriage. Natalie, played by April Parker- Jones, is the mother of three children who are at home and one adult who’s in prison. She hasn’t decided whether she’ll allow him to move back home or not.
Winfrey has admitted if she had her way, the entire channel would be filled with the type of inspirational messages she promoted on her talk show. But she realized that wasn’t what viewers wanted. Some comfort food and candy had to go on the plate to make people eat their veggies. The Haves and Have Nots is campy, soapy escapism, the teaser for the season finale even touting that “Next week, someone dies!” The characters make the kind of life choices that make you scream at the TV screen. But deep down, a lot of people love shows that make them do that.
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