Soap operas are coming to OWN after all! As part of The Mighty O's programming pact with Tyler Perry, the one-man entertainment brand has created a sudsy, new drama entitled The Haves and The Have Nots for Ms. Winfrey's previously touchy-feely channel.
Based on one of Perry's stage plays, The Haves and The Have Nots is the upstairs/downstairs saga of a ruthlessly-wealthy WASP family and an African-American clan headed up by their God-fearing housekeeper.
The soap stars Dukes of Hazzard alum John Schneider as Judge Jim Cryer, patriarch of the powerful Cryer dynasty. Judge Cryer has been secretly paying for the services of high-priced escort Candace Young (One Life to Live's Tika Sumpter), who just so happens to be the long-lost daughter of his family's church-going housekeeper Hanna (In The Heat of The Night's Crystal Fox)!
Passions alum Eva Tamargo appears as Celine, chef to the Cryer family. Peter Parros (As The World Turns) stars as David Harrington, a wealthy friend of the Cryers. Gavin Houston (Guiding Light) portrays Jeffrey Harrington, substance abuse counselor for the Cryer's troubled son Wyatt (Aaron O'Connell). Watch the steamy trailer below!
Oprah Winfrey won’t be the one asking questions this time. The former queen of daytime will be dropping by The Steve Harvey Show on Friday, April 25 to chat with Harvey about the end of her talk show, her love scene with Terrence Howard in The Butler and her cable network OWN. Watch a preview of Oprah’s visit to The Steve Harvey Show after the jump! READ MORE
The host of OWN's Iyanla, Fix My Life appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, where she fielded questions from a caller wanting to know if she'd ever appear on The View. Years ago, Vanzant infamously ditched her gig as a spiritual guru on The Oprah Winfrey Show for her own short-lived talk show with Walters' production company.
While Vanzant said she carries no ill will toward Walters, when host Andy Cohen piped in about bad blood between between Vanzant and Walters' long-time business partner Bill Geddie, she never denied the claim. Watch at the 2:19 mark below for the tea Vanzant spilled! READ MORE
Jesus in a manger! I always knew if Tyler Perry had the opportunity to get his hands on The Color Purple, he would somehow have that gun-toting Granny Madea in there. Well, the multi-hyphenated phenom got his recently chance, in a manner of speaking.
To promote Perry’s shows, Love Thy Neighbor and The Haves and Have Nots coming to OWN, Oprah Winfrey slipped back into her famous Sofia role from The Color Purple, and Perry transformed himself back into his breakout character. Winfrey revealed the picture on Twitter and stated:
We had a real LOL good time with this. #SophiaMeetsMadea tomorrow.
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The bumpy start of Oprah’s cable network OWN hasn’t impacted the former daytime talk show host’s influence. Oprah earned the top spot on Forbes’ Most Influential Celebrities list. The Mighty O wasn't the only daytime celebrity to make the list. Oprah protégé Dr. Oz and The View’s Barbara Walters landed on spots No. 6 and No. 7 respectively. Check out the Forbes’ Top 10 Most Influential Celebrities after the jump! READ MORE
Looks like the bond between Tyler Perry's production company and Oprah’s cable network OWN is getting stronger. According to The Huffington Post, Perry’s For Better or Worse is leaving TBS for a new home on OWN.
"For Better or Worse" is about three couples dealing with the challenges of dating and married life. OWN says the original cast, including Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White, will remain with the show.