Oprah Winfrey and her OWN cable network are gearing up to debut two new scripted shows from writer and director Tyler Perry this coming May. Perry’s shows, one a drama and the other a sitcom, will be featured in back-to-back debut nights as part of OWN‘s original programming overhaul.
There’s also appears to be an upcoming special featuring Perry’s popular “Madea” character and Winfrey’s “Sofia” role from the film The Color Purple as well reports Deadline.
The first of Perry’s shows to debut will be hour-long The Haves And The Have Nots, set to air on May 28 at 9 p.m. The drama features former Dukes Of Hazzard star John Schneider in the role of John Cryer, a judge who lives a double life. Actress Renée Lawless plays Cryer’s wife in the show. Aaron O’Connell plays troubled son Wyatt, and Jacyln Betham plays daughter Amanda. A key plot is that Amanda, a law student, has befriended a woman that could destroy the Cryer family.
Perry’s second show, Love Thy Neighbor, debuts on May 29 at 9 p.m. with two back-to-back half-hour episodes. Patrice Lovely, who started in past Perry productions, plays Hattie Mae Love, a diner owner and matriarch Kendra C. Johnson plays daughter Linda, who is married to philandering husband and has a college-aged son Danny (played by Andre Hall).
Winfrey’s Oprah’s Next Chapter series will also feature an interview with Perry on May 26 and will be followed by a behind-the-scenes special about the making of the new programs. OWN also announced that Denver Nuggets player Javale Mcgee and mother Pamela will be part of a new reality series called Millionaire Mama’s Boy. There is also the new reality seriesHouston Beauty, featuring Glenda Jemison, the owner and director of Franklin Beauty School in Texas.