You may not love all of Tyler Perry’s screenwriting, but you can’t argue the fact that he’s an enterprising media mogul. Tyler understands his audience and offers them the comedy and/or drama they are willing to tune in every week for. Case in point? His new show on OWN “The Haves and The Have Nots,” which premieres tonight at 9 PM EST.

The series, which is OWN’s first scripted drama, follows the lives of the well-to-do Cryer family and the hired help who work in their mansion in Georgia. The show is marked by affairs, deceit, loves, lust, power and greed: the pillars that made soap operas a weekly staple in the homes of many of our mothers and grandmothers.

Tyler Perry is aware of the similarities between “The Haves” and salacious soap operas of yore; in fact, he planned it that way. Shows like “One Life To Live” and “All My Children” drew legions of loyal and dedicated fans.  Now that they’re off the air (though revived online), there is a void and Perry hopes “The Haves” will feed viewers’ appetites for soap opera-ready drama and scandal.

“The Haves” may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there sure is an audience ripe for the kind of over-the-top antics the show promises. The lead star, Tika Sumpter, tells The Daily Beast she’s not concerned about potential naysayers: “People will always have something negative to say,’’ she said. “Tyler is telling stories from his own perspective and he does it well. There all kinds of stories to tell and Tyler tells his.’’

Will you tune in for Tyler’s story tonight at 9 PM EST on OWN? Speak on it, Clutchettes and Gents!

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  • Jenn

    I don’t know of Tyler Perry was aware of this or not, but the summary of his new show sounds very much like Downton Abbey. If that’s the case, I’ll just continue to watch Downton. However, I am curious to see what he comes up with.

  • justanotheropinion

    Just watched less than 30 mins of this and it’s disappointing. Looks, smells & tastes like a bad soap opera. I get where he was trying to go with this, but it was a huge fail. So many things wrong…I started to outline them and just had to delete what I wrote cuz it would look like and essay rather than a comment.

    Ugh…will keep searching for quality programming. Glad my OWN preview was free and not something I paid for.

  • Spike

    Not going to watch, but I’m also not going to Hate