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OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 5, 2014 7:08 PM
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In January, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it had ordered the network's 4th weekly scripted series from Tyler Perry, "Single Moms Club," based on the feature film of the same name, which Lionsgate released in March (it ended up being Perry's worst performing directorial effort ever, at the box office).

Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, William Levy, Terry Crews, Eddie Cibrian, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown, Ryan Eggold and Tyler Perry himself all made up the film's cast.

However, and not much of a surprise, they all won't be starring in the TV series adaptation, as the cast of the OWN network show, which will be titled something else, has been revealed today.

Via press release from OWN, the new serial will be called "If Loving You Is Wrong," and it will star Amanda Clayton and Aiden Turner as a couple with a seemingly perfect marriage on the surface, that's actually in trouble of falling apart; Heather Hemmens and Eltony Williams play a second couple, struggling with their inability to have children; Zulay Henao (who starred in the film as well) and Joel Rush are divorced parents of an eight-year-old girl, who struggle with moving on with their lives, and into new relationships; Edwina Findley plays a mother who's having to raise her son solo, while her boyfriend (and the father of her child), is away on a relief mission in Haiti for a year; And finally, April Parker-Jones plays a single mother of 3 kids at home and one adult son in prison, who constantly struggles to pay the bills, as her ex, played by Charles Malik Whitfield, tries to take care of her and the son they had together.

The film, "Single Mom's Club," centered on a group of single mothers from varying backgrounds (Long, McLendon-Covery, Henao), who are brought together via an incident at the school their children attend, leading to the creation of a support group that helps all of them overcome personal obstacles.

So, clearly, the TV series adaptation is following its own script.

This will be an hour-long drama series by the way, not a half-hour comedy.

This partnership between Oprah and Tyler, which they signed in late 2012, has certainly been very fruitful for OWN, with now 4 Tyler Perry-created shows, helping OWN to record ratings! Maybe not since Shonda Rhimes at ABC has one show creator's presence (Perry's) been felt so heavily on a single network.

Perry did say that he'd be taking a break from filmmaking for a little while, so that he could focus more on his TV efforts.

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25 Comments

  • Frida | August 25, 2014 1:29 PMReply

    The OWN Network is garbage. What a disappointment.

  • Iam Noone | August 10, 2014 11:15 PMReply

    We must remember it's very difficult to keep a network going. shows appeal to you based on your preference. There are as many trashy white shows on TV. Honey BOO BOO, All the housewives series and women humiliating themselves to get a rich bachelor to marry them. I don't have a problem with Tyler's product. I support him because he gives unknown actors/actresses who would never get a chance to work in Hollywood. They can move forward to something else later. You can't please everybody. With so much on TV you can watch whatever you want. I wish there was as much conversation on line about the derogatory music on the waves and the music videos that degrade black women. If you were a starving actor trying to break into Hollywood and Tyler was the only person that would hire you, I bet you would take the role. It pays the bills

  • karen | July 15, 2014 9:50 PMReply

    can't wait

  • Ava | June 6, 2014 11:58 PMReply

    As long as we're discussing defunct shows, I wouldn't mind if someone could resurrect Hey Monie! which I found to be funny and kind of smart. I know I'm way off topic but I don't subscribe to cable.

  • Miles Ellison | June 7, 2014 12:11 AM

    That show was funny and smart. Which is precisely why you'll never see it again.

  • Mike | June 6, 2014 1:08 AMReply

    I will be watching

  • troublemaker | June 5, 2014 10:09 PMReply

    Another garbage from Terry Perry productions! I bet this drama with be heavy on the cliches.

  • Frida | August 25, 2014 1:30 PM

    He is such a hack writer. I don't understand the mentality of anyone that thinks his stuff is entertaining.

  • troublemaker | June 8, 2014 10:38 AM

    @RANDOM COMMENTARY
    My contribution to the Hollywood machinery is the dollars I spend on consuming movies.

    FYI This is a black blog site critiquing and promoting black films. As long as filmmakers make movies for public consumption, the public is entitled to comment, critique or demand the best from filmmakers and not settle for mediocrity. If Filmmakers don't like it, they can always go make movies for family & friends!

  • RANDOM COMMENTARY | June 7, 2014 3:58 PM

    Seriously what is your contribution to the Hollywood machinery other than complaining and hating? I guess somebody had to do it why not you.

  • troublemaker | June 6, 2014 9:11 AM

    @MIA
    I don't plan to watch that garbage.

  • Mia | June 6, 2014 9:07 AM

    well don't watch it... there are more people that will.. so you won't be missed..

  • saadiyah | June 5, 2014 10:07 PMReply

    I understand that this is a business and you want to make money, but...Tyler Perry isn't the only person capable of writing good shows! I've been wishing that Oprah would pick up HBO's "Number One Ladies Detective Agency." What a change from the usual Black dramas!

    Doesn't matter to me. I don't watch anything on OWN. There is nothing on there that attracts me.

  • troublemaker | June 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    @TROY
    PBS a broadcast channel in every US home with a TV. BBC America a cable channel that is not carried by every cable operator across the US. Now tell me which has access to a wider market?

  • Troy | June 7, 2014 9:32 PM

    @Troublemaker says
    The show should have been targeted to PBS because the show was commission by the BBC and most shows from the BBC usually end up on PBS.

    Have you ever heard of BBC America?

  • troublemaker | June 6, 2014 10:36 AM

    @SAADIYAH
    You made some strong points and I do agree with you regarding white audience resurrecting shows after being off the air for years.
    However, I don't believe that The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency could have survived on OWN especially with so many Tyler Perry buffoonery on it. It may have stand a chance when the network first started.
    The show should have been targeted to PBS because the show was commission by the BBC and most shows from the BBC usually end up on PBS.
    Another very important factor is that Perry's crappy shows are made for very little. The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency seems very costly to make.
    Lastly, the show was marketed all wrong because the producers didn't know or understand the audience for the show. The show was based on a series of books that came out in the UK. Most of the US audience didn't know that the show was based on books and the audience that knew didn't seem interested in reading the books or couldn't find them.

  • Dave's Deluxe | June 6, 2014 6:38 AM

    It is in fact very disheartening that Oprah seems to be only a fan of Tyler Perry. Very curious, too.

  • saadiyah | June 6, 2014 12:42 AM

    Shows on HBO with a largely Black cast don't get great ratings. Critics raved about the Wire, but it never had a big audience either. At that time, Black people also weren't subscribing to HBO in large numbers since it's a premium channel.

    There have been White shows with small, but loyal fan bases that were resurrected after being off the air for years, e.g. Arrested Development. Even a cartoon such as Futurama was given a second chance and lasted for years on it second run.

    Sometimes a show needs to be placed in different hands, timeslot, channel etc. to enable its audience to find it. "Ladies" could be wedged in between 2 of TP's shows on OWN. The other networks do that all the time with shows that they believe have potential.

    Finally, Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose are more recognizable on screen than they were 7 years ago. This year we're also getting a handful of new prime time shows featuring Black actresses in very different types of shows/roles. Times have changed. It could work out fine.

  • troublemaker | June 6, 2014 12:21 AM

    @MILES ELLISON
    I know nobody watched it. I watched it on DVD. Although Jill Scott was the lead, that series was a hard sell because a lot of HBO's US audience didn't know of the books that it was based on. All they saw was a mammy looking character not cracking jokes or playing the usually stereotype seen in a usual Tyler Perry productions.

  • Miles Ellison | June 6, 2014 12:07 AM

    And it was only on one season because nobody watched it. There wasn't an audience for it. There is an audience for what Tyler Perry does, though.

  • troublemaker | June 6, 2014 12:01 AM

    @ SAADIYAH
    I don't know any network that would pick up a defunct series after 6 years. The series only had one season.

  • Miles Ellison | June 5, 2014 11:56 PM

    Tyler Perry doesn't write good shows. Oprah is all about having the biggest audience possible. More people like Tyler Perry's trash than programming like "Number One Ladies Detective Agency", or quality programming in general, so Tyler Perry's crap is going to get aired.

  • saadiyah | June 5, 2014 11:06 PM

    @Troublemaker - I mean continuing it. I thought it was excellent. Not only was it entertaining, it taught me some things about the country. In American, we seem to only get bleak images of African countries. It was refreshing to see a show set in Africa where the theme didn't revolve ONLY around war, abandoned or molested children, AIDS, extreme poverty, etc. I loved getting glimpses into the culture of Botswanna as well as seeing Africans living lives not too different from mine.

    @MILES ELLISON - I'm not a part of OWN's current audience, yet I would love a show like "Ladies" on television. I'm sure I'm not the only one one thirsting for something different and looking for a reason to tune into OWN. I also would like to think that OWN wouldn't mind increasing/diversifying its audience. I could be wrong though.

  • troublemaker | June 5, 2014 10:19 PM

    @SAADIYAH
    Didn't The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency showed on HBO for one season back in 2008? Are you talking about OWN buying syndication rights to show the series or are you talking about continuing the series on OWN?

  • Miles Ellison | June 5, 2014 10:16 PM

    She wouldn't pick that show up. None of OWN's current audience would watch it.

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