The Family That Preys–The TV Version: See The Full Trailer For Tyler Perry’s OWN Series, “The Have And The Have Nots”

May 6, 2013  |  

Sex. Lies. Deceit.

According to Tyler Perry’s serious Alex Cross-esque voice, that’s what we can expect from his new OWN show, The Have And The Have Nots. Last week we showed you a short trailer for the program, but the full one-minute trailer has been released, and yes, it’s messy. But that could be a good thing entertainment wise.

However, it’s hard to tell if the show is supposed to be a soap opera of sorts or if it’s just a very dramatic black version of a telenovela drama, but something about it reminds us of a mix of the Tyler Perry film, The Family That Preys, and the BET show, The Game. There’s the cheating white husband, messing around with the money-hungry young black woman (Tika Sumpter’s character), who just so happens to be the daughter of the man’s maid. And the show is shot very much like The Game–with cinematic aspirations. Either way, it all seems a bit familiar. Here’s the full synopsis so you can understand what you’re about to see:

From prolific writer, director, producer Tyler Perry, “The Haves and the Have Nots” is a new television drama which follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent mansion set in Savannah, Georgia. From the outside, the Cryer’s 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, “Dukes of Hazzard”) 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, “Wicked”), 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 Cryer’s 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, “Gossip Girl”) — 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 dramatic stage is set for what will be, in Candace’s eyes, the opportunity of a lifetime.

Sounds ratch! Check out the full trailer below and let us know if you’re feeling it. If you are, you should know that The Have And The Have Nots premieres on OWN on May 2 at 9 p.m. And if you’re not, well, you can always catch up on episodes of Iyanla: Fix My Life

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