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In a recent interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey discuss how he pitched two wildly different shows to her in hopes of saving OWN‘s (Oprah Winfrey Network) declining ratings. Well, he has done just that! Nielsen ratings estimated that the first episode of Love Thy Neighbor, a comedy set in a family run-restaurant with a matriarch similar to Perry’s alter-ego, Madea, averaged 1.65 million viewers in the 9 o’clock half-hour and rose to 1.8 million with a second episode at 9:30 p.m. But it was The Haves and the Have Nots, a drama about wealthy socialites, their household staff, and the families of both, that was the highest rated series premiere in OWN‘s three years on air. The 9 p.m. airing delivered 1.77 million viewers. The second episode at 10 p.m. grew to 1.8 million viewers.
If you are a fan of the blockbuster movie, The Help or Lifetime‘s new series, Devious Maids–you must watch The Haves and the Have Nots. Every episode draws you in just a little bit more than the previous one. I watched the first two without Hubby, because I wasn’t sure if it was his cup of tea. I took a chance and watched them again with him and now he’s hooked too.
Spoiler alerts! So far, 6 episodes of this highly explosive show set in Savannah, Georgia have aired. Viewers have been introduced to the Cryer family which consists of:
- Katheryn, a wealthy heiress who puts on a brave front despite the turmoil in her family
- Jim (played by the still sexy John Schneider of Dukes Of Hazzard fame), a judge aspiring to be Governor who loves to romance any woman except his wife
- Wyatt, the spoiled drug addict son who resents his parents
- Amanda, the tormented daughter who cuts herself to cope with life
Amanda brings home her friend from law school, Candace, played by the talented Tika Sumpter (One Life to Live, The Game) who is a force to be reckoned with. Only the viewers know that Candace is having an affair with Jim. Viewers soon learn that Candace is also the estranged daughter of the head strong maid that Katheryn just hired, Hanna Young. Hanna is played by Crystal Fox, who you may remember from In the Heat of the Night. Fox gives a performance in episode 5 that will knock your socks off.
Katheryn and Jim Cryer are BFFs with another wealthy family, The Harringtons, which consists of:
- Veronica, the “Black Betty Ford” as Hanna refers to her, who exudes “bougie”-ness all day but can revert to her roots if she’s threatened
- David, another judge, played by one of my As the World Turns faves Peter Parros, who tries to defend Jim from Candace’s blackmailing schemes
- Jeffery, the closeted gay son who doesn’t want to disappoint his parents
Two other notable characters round out the cast, Benny Young and Celine Gonzales. Benny is Hanna’s reliable, hard working son who moved back home to help her with expenses. He remains close to Candace despite his mother’s warnings. Celine (played by soap opera vet Eva Tamargo) helped Hanna land her new gig as the Cryers’ maid, but soon becomes disturbed by Hanna and Katheryn’s closeness. Unbeknownst to everyone, Katheryn has confided in Hanna that she has breast cancer. Something Hanna knows all about.
Stay tuned Tuesdays 9:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. CST on OWN. You are in for a treat, my friends!
Have you been watching The Haves and the Have Nots?
If so, who is your favorite character?
If not, will you start watching?