In October, we found out that Tyler Perry and Oprah were partnering together on exclusive television series and projects for the daytime talk show mogul’s network, OWN, and The Hollywood Reporter has just released the concepts for their first two shows.
The first, The Haves and the Have Nots is “a drama about the dynamics of the affluent Cyrer family and the impoverished family of their housekeeper, Hanna, and the obstacles and secrets that exist within both.” The second, which is a multicamera comedy, is titled Love Thy Neighbor, and will be set at “Love’s Diner, where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a lot of love for its zany neighbors.” Sounds very Lifetimey.
As expected, TP will write, direct and executive produce both the comedy and the drama, as he always does, but additional writers and producers are expected to be added to the mix. Production will begin early next year and the series are both expected to debut in mid-2013. OWN investors have a lot riding on these shows, as Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav, explained the potential for OWN’s growth at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in London, December 4 and said:
“The cherry on top is we got Tyler Perry.”
Hopefully these series will be all they want them to be.
How are you feeling about these concepts?