On the heels of OWN’s popular series “The Haves and the Have Not’s,” Perry has created a new primetime drama set to air September on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Titled “If Loving You is Wrong,” the drama takes viewers into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends who reside in the same middle class neighborhood. On the surface they are relatable everyday individuals who are raising children, working jobs, finding and maintaining romance – but just below the veneer of happiness, their lives are entangled by heartbreak, deceit and lies.
L-R; April Parker-Jones, Amanda Clayton, Zulay Henao, Heather Hemmens & Edwina Findley from Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong” Photo by Jeremy Cowart
With plenty of salacious drama, the characters range from neighbors Randal (Eltony Williams, “24”) and Alex (Amanda Clayton, “John Carter”) who are embroiled in an affair to Marcie (Heather Hemmens, “Hellcats”), Randal’s wife who desperately wants children. April Parker-Jones plays a single mother struggling to raise her children with Lushion (Charles Malik Whitfield, “Law and Order”), the father of her son.
Actress Zulay Henao in a role aptly similar to the one she plays in the “Single Moms Club” is a woman trying to move on with her life, while keeping a budding relationship a secret from her vindictive ex-husband Joel Rush (“Days of Our Lives”). Edwina Findley and Denzel Wells round off the cast as a couple who plan to marry but kept encountering obstacles.
For these women, it seems love is an ever-present necessity in spite of the high price that sometimes must be paid and throughout the season, the drama follows the characters on their quest to find love in the midst of managing very complex lives. Created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, the show premieres Tuesday, September 9 on OWN with two back-to-back, one-hour episodes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.
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