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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Press Junket Potluck: If Loving You Is Wrong... Tyler Perry & OWN don't wanna be right

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Sex, secrets, scandals, schemes... and that's just in the first episode. And so goes Tyler Perry's newest series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, If Loving You Is Wrong. While loosely inspired by Perry's feature film dramedy from this past spring, The Single Moms Club--even retaining one of its stars, Zulay Henao, in a rebooted rework of her same role--the prolific multimedia mogul's latest small screen offering is more in line with his breakout hit for the network, the saucy primetime soap The Haves and Have Nots, which will premiere its third season in January 2015. The social media watercooler conversation will only continue, if not intensify, with this new series, given just how wrong the loving gets in only the first few minutes of the new show's opening hour--and the shockwaves of repercussions across a wide entanglement of various couples can and will only grow as the drama progresses, especially with so many of the people in the same neighborhood.

Most of the actors who play the principal roles--Henao (Esperanza), Heather Hemmens (Marcie), Amanda Clayton (Alex), Edwina Findley Dickerson (Kelly), April Parker Jones (Natalie), Tiffany Haddish (Jackie), Octavio Pizano (Julius), Eltony Williams (Randal), Aiden Turner (Brad), Denzel Wells (Travis), Charles Malik Whitfield (Lushion), Matt Cook (Joey), and Dawan Owens (Quan)--screened the series' inaugural episode for the very first time alongside a select group of media at a special event at the OWN Los Angeles offices last Wednesday, September 3. Given the wide and wide-ranging canvas of characters, there is no better way to be introduced to them than by the portrayers themselves, which they do so in the highlight video below, along with giving a taste/tease of what to expect as the weeks progress (with no spoilers!)

And below is a further taste of all the drama that awaits when If Loving You Is Wrong begins its 20-episode first season tonight, Tuesday, September 9, on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

(Special thanks to OWN, 135th Street Agency, Dawan Owens, April Parker-Jones, and Eltony Williams)

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