Tyler Perry and OWN go together like a bad ass model in a hot red dress–downright dynamite! If you love “The Haves & The Have Nots,” (HAHN) then you are going to love his latest series, “If Loving You Is Wrong!” The show has a diverse cast and follows the lives and loves of five women; Alex, Kelly, Marcie, Esperanza and Natalie. Each of them is determined to have it all, but find love is becoming a commodity they may never be able to afford, especially with the rising drama in their lives. The season premiere opens with a two hour special and the drama in full swing according to the official press release:
The season premiere opens in the middle of a torrid affair between neighbors Randal (Eltony Williams, “24”) and Alex (Amanda Clayton, “John Carter”). Randal’s wife Marcie (Heather Hemmens, “Hellcats”) desperately wants children, but Randal’s attention is focused on the wife of his best friend Brad (Aiden Turner, “All My Children”). Just down the street, divorcee Esperanza (Zulay Henao, “Single Moms Club”) is trying to move on with her life, while keeping a budding relationship with Julius (Octavio Pizano, “East Los High”) a secret from her vindictive ex-husband Edward (Joel Rush, “Days of Our Lives”). Meanwhile, neighbor Kelly (Edwina Findley, “Treme”) longs to marry Travis (Denzel Wells) who is away on a relief mission in Haiti and who has promised to help her raise her 8-year-old son, Justice. Outside of the neighborhood, single mother Natalie (April Parker-Jones, “Jericho”) struggles to raise her children in the inner city. Lushion (Charles Malik Whitfield, “Law and Order”), the father of her son Frank, has returned to town and stepped up to the plate to help. In addition, Natalie grapples with the tough decision whether or not to allow her fourth son, Joey (Matt Cook), to return home once he is released from prison.
Obviously this is a completely different show from The HAHN! Actually it seems more in line with the ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” You always know women have it hard, but how hard is a brilliant portrait to paint or bring to life as Tyler is so eloquently doing. With soap operas on the decline, the format of “If Loving You Is Wrong” and its predecessor, is bringing some much needed life and diversity to the television genre. I am definitely looking forward to seeing this show. There are few truths deeper than the knowledge of realizing love comes at a price. Catch the series premiere for Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong” on Tuesday, September 9th with two back-to-back episodes only on OWN. Check out the sneak peek below!