The cast sit down with CINEMATIQ magazine to talk about their roles and experiences working on the new dramatic series, ‘The Haves and The Have Nots,’ at the NYC premiere.
New York – (CINEMATIQmag.com) – Last night, ‘The Haves and The Have Nots,’ Tyler Perry first scripted drama series premiered on the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). Was the double dose of two episodes back to back enough to get you hooked? Minutes before the premiere, viewer’s logged in to twitter, gearing up for scene-by-scene commentary. Most tweets were filled with anticipation, other’s with “I forgot to set my DVR’ or figuring out the correct tag to use for the show (#THATHN). @OWNTV used #HavesHaveNot. Overall, posting of characters punch lines through the series, dominated the twitter feeds followed by how beautiful is lead character, Tika Sumpter (Candace aka Candy). Within the two-hour long episodes, characters introduced and the scandals begin to unfold. One thing we all know for certain, the rich get richer (because they have loads of it according to Jim Cryer (played by John Schnider) and the poor gets even based on Candace; what’s intriguing about the dramatic series is the why? Many unanswered questions between the haves and the have not, may keep one returning to feed the curiosity instinct or maybe not. Will you be talking about the series during your water cooler break? The series appear to be off to a slow start. It took two hour-long episodes to introduce the characters with familiar themes but hey, the series, ‘Martin’ had a slow start as well and it became one of the best classic shows of the 90’s(before Gina left). Although ‘Martin’ was a comedy and ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ is a drama, it is relative. Shows take time to develop. ‘Scandal’ from season one to season two proved that scenario. Season 1 of ‘Scandal’ had seven episodes and Season 2 had 22 episodes. Tyler Perry may have one last chance to blow his audience away with the next two episodes of ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ or he may put Oprah in the hot seat and force her to do a “Rosie O’Donnell” on him or better yet, a CBS, ‘Do No Harm’ on us by allegedly cutting the series after two episodes. Time reveals all. Will you be tuning in next week?
About The Haves and the Have Nots
Tyler Perry’s 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, Georgia, 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.
Hanna Young (Crystal Fox) is the Cryers’ maid and the matriarch of her family. Despite having no money, she has found other types of wealth through religion and virtue. She prides herself on her dutiful son, Benny (Tyler Lepley), the glue who helps keep the family together. Hanna does have one dark secret, however—her estranged daughter, Candace (Tika Sumpter), a manipulative opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. In a bizarre coincidence, Candace is shocked to find out that her newfound friend Amanda’s father is Jim Cryer, the very man who has been paying her for sex and who also employs Candace’s mother as his family’s maid. Armed with this knowledge, the stage is set for what will be, in Candace’s eyes, the opportunity of a lifetime.
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).
Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios. It is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry.
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