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Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry Partner for Pair of New Series

6/5/2013, 4 p.m.
The Oprah Winfrey Network recently capped off a five-city press tour for its two new scripted Tyler Perry series, "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor," with a festive preview party in New York City. On hand to represent the cast of "The Haves and the Have Nots" were Tika Sumpter, John Schneider, Crystal Fox, Renee Lawless, Jaclyn Betham and Angela Robinson. Attending for the "Love Thy Neighbor" cast were Patrice Lovely, Palmer Williams and Zulay Henao. (Photo by Stephen Knight)

"The Haves and the Have Nots" is a new television drama from the prolific writer, director and producer Tyler Perry. The show follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Ga., mansion.

From the outside, the Cryers 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) 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), 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.

Other characters in the series include the Cryers' chef Celine (Eva Tamargo), their wealthy friends Veronica (Angela Robinson) and David Harrington (Peter Parros), and Wyatt Cryer's rehabilitation counselor, Jeffery Harrington (Gavin Houston).

Perry's "Love Thy Neighbor" is a wonderfully fresh show about a middle class family, and their daily joys, struggles, triumphs and fumbles. Hattie Mae Love lives in the simple home that she and one of her husbands bought some time ago. Linda, her daughter, splits her time between Hattie's home, and the apartment she sometimes shares with her on-again, off-again husband Lionel. Danny, Linda's son, is his mother's pride and joy. He is young, handsome, smart and looking for a job. After graduating from college, Danny finds himself on his grandmother Hattie Mae's sofa. Floyd, the uncle, through his late brother's marriage to Hattie Mae, is an ever-present thorn in the family's side. Like old luggage, they can never seem to get rid of him.

In the first season of this comic tale, Hattie Mae has had enough of grown people living in her house. She puts her foot down and shows the toughest love there is by sending Linda and Danny to the door. Danny moves in with his friend Sam, and Linda eventually helps out down at Hattie Mae's Love Train Diner.