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After 36 episodes of Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots, the show’s first season ended with a bang this week. According to Shadow and Act, it show pulled in a record high 2.6 million viewers on Tuesday for its fall finale, and because of that, it became the #1 episode in the series history. We told you back in May that when the show debuted it easily became the network’s highest rated debut ever, bringing in 1.77 million viewers for its first episode, and 1.8 million viewers for the second episode, which debuted that same evening. Since then, fans have been consistent in their support of the show. The numbers in viewership have continued to grow, so much so that additional episodes were continuously ordered, hence the show lasting all summer. And Perry has done what a lot of folks thought wasn’t possible–save OWN.
This has been a good year for the Oprah/Tyler Perry partnership for OWN, and it can only get better with For Better Or Worse joining the OWN lineup on September 18, and an additional 20+ episodes being ordered of Love Thy Neighbor. As for those who couldn’t get enough of The Haves And The Have Nots and helped it rake in almost three million viewers on Tuesday, the show will return in January 2014. Until then, I’m sure TP fans will support his many other television (and film) endeavors in the meantime. Congrats Tyler!
Although the OWN network got off to a bit of a rocky start, thankfully, things appear to be turning around for the Oprah Winfrey owned network. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the newly introduced Tyler Perry series, The Haves and the Have Nots, attracted an audience of 1.87 million during its premiere episode, making it the fourth most watched telecast in OWN history. What’s even better is that it appears that this number will only continue to grow.
The most recent episode of the drama, which focuses on the interesting dynamic of a rich and powerful family that “becomes intimately involved with the families of their hired help, creating a web of controversy,” drew in 2 million viewers, making it the network’s second most-watched telecast. Recognizing the show’s growing success, OWN recently ordered 16 more episodes. The current episodes will run until September 3rd and the newly ordered episodes with debut in 2014.
The success of The Haves and the Have Nots is pretty ironic, especially considering how hard people tried to protest against it. Some even went as far as to sign a circulating web petition, urging Oprah to take both of Tyler’s new shows off the air. THTHN star Tika Sumpter recently addressed those critics, inviting them to change the channel if they’re not crazy about the show.
“You have the right to turn the channel. There are a lot of people who turn the channel on, who have made him this successful, so there is an audience. When we start making judgments on what’s lowbrow to some people, then you’re making accusations that this group of people doesn’t know what’s really good. I don’t think that’s fair…Don’t condemn a bunch of people who actually go to these movies for what they like,” the 33-year-old beauty told The Grio.
What are your thoughts about The Haves and the Have Nots?
Oprah’s formerly struggling network OWN, is finally pulling through and showing financial earnings. After cancelling The Rosie Show for embarrassing rock-bottom ratings, the network revitalized itself with new hit shows that has provided Discovery Communications, OWN’s investors, a long-desired sigh of relief, reports Ad Age.
It was only last year that OWN lost $330 million. The network was plagued by drama with the dismissal of industry veteran Christina Norman as CEO, the firing of 30 producers and executives, and Twitter mayhem. But much thanks to Tyler Perry, his two new scripted series The Haves and Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor appealed to many viewers and drew in a larger audience. This new wave of OWN fans lured in more advertising clients to recoup the lost money.
OWN experienced a 39 percent increase in viewership during the second-quarter among women between 25 and 54 years old. “The network will now begin to pay back Discovery for its investment,” Ad Age added.
Increased revenue also stemmed from higher subscriber fees from cable and satellite providers.
“I want to congratulate Oprah and the entire team at OWN for this significant milestone,” David Zaslav, Discovery Communications CEO said in a statement.
When asked why she did not give up on the network, Oprah replied, “I’m a very driven person. I believe that I am here to fulfill a calling. That because I am a female who is African American, who has been blessed in the world, there’s never going to be a time to quit.” With shows like Master Class and Sweetie Pie’s, Oprah’s trajectory to success is inevitable.
“Make Your Haters Your Motivators”: Patrice Lovely, AKA, Hattie Mae On “Love Thy Neighbor” Talks Critics Of Her Show And Tyler Perry
After Love Thy Neighbor debuted on the OWN network at the very end of May, it definitely had people talking. Why? Well, the Tyler Perry comedy brought in the second-highest ratings for any series premiere on OWN, second only to another Tyler Perry hit, The Haves and the Have Nots. Perry’s fans definitely showed up and showed out. But it was also the talk of the town because of those who found it to be a stereotypical portrayal of black folks and life. There was even a Change.org petition created to take it off the air. And a lot of the controversy had to do with Perry and the main character of the show, Hattie Mae Pierce, played by Patrice Lovely.
While the character had been around for years and first appeared in numerous Tyler Perry plays, some weren’t so happy to hear she was getting her own show. But after speaking exclusively with Lovely, who is a lovely woman by the way (and on a sidenote, was the first black female ringmaster in the world while working with UniverSoul Circus), she says that she isn’t worried about the detractors, but instead, is appreciating all her blessings. See what she had to say about haters, how Hattie Mae Pierce came to life, and a few things you might not know about her good friend, Mr. Perry.
On the creation of Hattie Mae Pierce:
“Hattie Mae is a character I created. It just came from my mother, my grandmother and my aunt. I grew up with Hattie Mae, it’s always been a part of me. And I’m just glad that someone else gets to see what I dealt with all my life and what I grew up around. Tyler wrote the show Love Thy Neighbor as if he was sitting in my house watching what was going on my entire life [laughs]. For him to center it around myself, it’s just a blessing. I’m just happy to have been in the right place at the right time.”
On the Change.org petition made to get Oprah to cancel “Love Thy Neighbor” because some think it’s stereotypical:
“Honestly, I have no clue as to what you’re even talking about. I didn’t hear that. All I’ve ever heard was great reviews. I mean, 1.8 million viewers…the first night. All we’ve felt and all I’ve heard was love. Because people enjoyed the show, so I don’t know anything about that. Even if I had, all I can say is you’re going to have haters, you’re going to have people who have their issues. Anywhere you go in life, just keep on steppin’ and keep walking over whatever problems and challenges that try to get to you. Just believe God. He got you here and He’s going to keep on elevating you and moving you to the next level. Make your haters your motivators.”
On critics of her character, Hattie Mae, who claim it’s VERY stereotypical:
“All I know is God has blessed me and He’s allowed me to create that character and obviously Oprah and Tyler saw something in that character and they loved it. And I’m sure the viewers love it. I’ve only heard great things that’s been said about the show as well as the character. I don’t get caught up in what people say and what people think. I just do what I do, and I do it to the best of my abilities and I pray that people enjoy it.”
And her thoughts on Tyler Perry as a person behind-the-scenes:
“Tyler is hilarious, he’s funny. He’s a genuine, and kind-hearted, gifted man of God. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do. He’d bend over backwards to help and do whatever he can to make your life better. He’s not one to keep what he has to himself. He’s just a people person and he loves life, he loves love, and he loves to laugh.”
And clearly, the fans love him, because the show if still doing big things.
You can still check out the show, Love Thy Neighbor at 9 p.m. on OWN.
And Another One: Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” Kills It For Own; Second Highest Debut Behind “The Haves and The Have Nots”
Can’t stop. Won’t stop.
We told you earlier in the week that on Tuesday, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots debuted on OWN as the highest rated debut ever for the network. It pulled in a whopping 1.77 million viewers in its debut episode, and 1.8 million viewers watched the second episode during it’s 10 p.m. episode.
But that show might have some competition holding the top spot on OWN, because another new Tyler Perry Show, Love Thy Neighbor, pulled in almost just as many viewers as The Haves and The Have Nots. On Wednesday, Love Thy Neighbor premiered with two back-to-back half hour episodes between 9 and 10 p.m., and in that time, the first episode pulled in 1.65 million total viewers, and its second episode raked in 1.8 million viewers. All in all, the show came in as the second highest rated series debut in the history of the network, coming right behind The Haves and The Have Nots.
If you weren’t already aware, here’s the synopsis for Love Thy Neighbor in case you’re interested in tuning in next week:
“Love Thy Neighbor” is set at The Love Train Diner, a family run restaurant where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a whole lot of love. Diner owner and feisty family matriarch Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely, “A Madea Christmas”) has her hands full not only managing her customers but her family drama, too.
If you’re feeling it, as a reminder, the show comes on at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays on OWN. I didn’t get to check out the show this week, but it seems like enough people held it down for all of us. If you watched, what did you think of the show?
Ya’ll Are Really Watching Some TV: Kimberly Elise’s Show “Hit The Floor” Rakes In Huge Numbers For VH1
Yesterday, it seemed that everyone was stunned by the massive numbers Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots did for OWN, but another show with black faces pulled in some really big numbers this week as well, and that’s Hit The Floor.
According to Shadow and Act, on Monday night, about 2.5 million in total tuned in to the premiere of Hit The Floor, which premiered after a very ratch episode of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. The show ranked as the number one most watched show in its time slot for women ages 18-34, as well as women 18-49. It also allegedly started a big conversation on social media, “ranking as one of the most social series across all television for the evening,” according to VH1.
I actually had the opportunity to tune in to the show. The previews had been pretty terrible and not really telling of what the true plot is (aside from a mean girls in the dance world angle), but the actual program itself was interesting. It’s not the best written show on TV (which seems to be a trend for scripted VH1 programs), but it definitely has a juicy storyline, some good talent (including Kimberly Elise of course), and a good number of women of color representing. It’s not going to win any awards, but it gets the job done as a show trying to suck you in with its drama. Not bad…not bad at all.
Did you watch? If you did, will you continue to?
Tyler Perry Fans Go Hard: “The Haves And The Have Nots” Turns Out To Be OWN’s Highest Rated Series Debut…EVER
All that advertising and those commercials with Tyler Perry standing in a suit, talking in a deep voice next to the OWN logo, paid off big time. Why? Because The Haves and The Have Nots, aka, the new Tyler Perry show that looks just like a soap opera you might see on CBS (but with more black people), brought in the highest ratings for a series debuting on OWN. Oprah’s definitely somewhere bankhead bouncing to this news.
According to S&A, the debut episode of the series brought in a whopping 1.77 million viewers, and the second episode, which came on right after the premiere last night, raked in 1.8 million viewers in its 10 p.m. time slot, easily making the show the best debut of any show on Oprah’s young and once struggling network. While the success of the premiere might have a lot to do with the aforementioned advertising, I think we can all agree that it also has a lot to do with the massive following Perry has. Whether the masses love his work or love to hate it, there’s a whole sector of black folks who loved House of Payne, Meet The Browns and For Better or Worse when they were on TBS. And they probably love them some Oprah too, so it makes sense that they would be amped about the partnership between Perry and Oprah, and would flock to the new show.
And if that’s not enough for them, tonight, Perry’s other new show, Love Thy Neighbor, with his popular stage-play character Hattie Mae Love, premieres at 9 p.m.
Do you think that show will score similarly huge numbers? Do you think the success of The Haves and The Have Nots will continue?
Though Tyler Perry typically gets a cover once every other year or so, Oprah is a new addition to the magazine’s arsenal of cover ladies and she’s looking pretty darn great.
Inside, the pair who is currently involved in a major partnership — TP’s developing two new series for Oprah’s OWN network — talk about leaning on each other and how unique their friendship is in the industry.
“We both know how rare this is,” Oprah told the mag. “Where else in the history of our African-American culture have two really, really successful people who can do whatever they want said, ‘Let’s come together and be even more powerful—let’s take it to the tenth power?’”
Some would say it’s risky business for Oprah and Tyler to work together, but the screenwriter and director said they’re not afraid to mix business and friendship.
“…The most important thing about coming together was making sure we would not lose our friendship because of the business. We had to establish ground rules. The main one: Both of us have to continue to live in our truth. If she doesn’t like something, say it. If I don’t like something, I’ll say it. And we’ll figure it out and keep moving on…”
It sounds like Oprah followed the rules, as Tyler told ESSENCE working with the media mogul on his new series, The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor, “challenged me to push myself in terms of my writing and level of thinking. I’m hoping that the energy of our coming together will go out to other people.”
We’ll see if it does on May 28 and 29 when the series’ debut. What do you think of their cover?
Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have been hinting for for months that they’ve been working on something big. Now we finally we get to see two of the top secret projects that they’ve been working so hard on! So in case you haven’t heard it through the grapevine yet, Tyler has been in the process of producing two new scripted series for OWN.
The first series, which is titled The Haves and the Have Nots seems have a soap opera-ish type feel to it. It also appears to be loosely based on Tyler’s 2011 stage play that bore the same title, with a few elements from his 2008 film, The Family That Preys sprinkled in . Starring in the television drama is Tika Sumpter, Crystal Fox, Renée Lawless, John Schneider, and a host of other talented actors and actresses. A brief description of the tele-drama found on the network’s website reads:
“Set in Savannah, Georgia, Jim and Katheryn Cryer, a wealthy couple, become intimately involved with the families of their hired help, creating a web of controversy as the worlds of “The Haves” and “The Have Nots” collide.”
Perry switched gears a bit with the second series, taking a more comedic approach. Love Thy Neighbor seems to follow the formula that we are used to seeing when it comes Tyler’s scripted series. OWN describes the show as “a wonderfully fresh show about a middle class family, and their daily joys, struggles, triumphs and fumbles.”
The Haves and the Have Nots is scheduled to premiere May 28th at 9/8c and Love Thy Neighbor is set to premiere May 29th at 9/8c.
Check out a preview of The Haves and the Have Nots below. Turn the page to for a preview of Love Thy Neighbor. Will you be checking out either of these shows?
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?