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From prolific, writer, director, producer Tyler Perry, The Haves and the Have Nots is a new television drama that 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 Cryers 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) 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), 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)—a manipulative opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Other characters in the series include the Cryer’s chef Celine (Eva Tamargo), their wealthy friends Veronica (Angela Robinson) and David Harrington (Peter Parros), and son Wyatt’s rehabilitation counselor, Jeffery Harrington (Gavin Houston).

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  • Christine Patterson United States

    Do u plan to get more writers for this show. Where can someone submit script or plot ideas?

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  • Tina Texas

    I too was not happy about tonights show.I have been looking forward to this for months.Not happy at all.I dont understand.You leave us with a major cliff hanger just to to return to pretty much nothing.I love your work TP but come on.

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    • Leonor Maryland #2050920

      I agree with you Angel. Last night's show was awful. How could we not find out who Amanda shot. Did she shoot herself, or her mother. The show just didn't make sense. Tyler you better get on the ball or you will loose some viewers.

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    • lynette florida jennings fl #2051000

      I AGREE, LAST NIGHT was a total waste of my time after wating for months for the return of the show ,only to find out NOTHING,WHO GOT SHOT?????????????, so we have to wait another week, I DON'T think so TP is losing his touch with this series, season one was great , made you want more esposides, after last night I WAN'T BE WATCHING!!!!!!!!,I'll wait to hear about it from my colleagues.

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  • angel NY

    TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED FOR THE LAST TIME! I will continue to watch the show, but I will DVR the whole season and binge watch! Not that you care, not that OWN cares... I tried to hang in there with you...but you play too many games! A million commercials, not revealing who was shot after waiting since July 2014 to find out....I mean really? Did you think there was no end to our patience and tolerance for this type of mess!? Read your fan posts! I just read them on facebook and on twitter and I have NEVER seen so many disappointed fans EVER!!!!! Too bad, you really had a beautiful show here that could have shot to the moon if done properly. I think your association with Oprah was the worst thing you could have ever done! Seems all of your shows have gone down hill since your association with OWN. For Better or Worse is horrible as well and I am DVR only with that show now too! Your shows are no longer worthy of my time and attention...meaning I will not watch them live! I will binge watch at the end of the season! I tried Tyler....can't hang witn you anymore....not that you care!

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  • Deevie NC

    Love me some TP but it was a total disappointment tonight!!! I thought is was very corny and there was no storyline. Also, who got shot? Where was Katherine? Why does Bennie look crazy? And why was everyone dancing to a different speed than the speed of the music. That whole scene at Hanna's house just seemed so fake, not believeable at all. The acting was poor. I was looking for a more powerful and electrifying beginning. Too drawn out.

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    • Elaine Wright #2050953

      The show on Tuesday was really drawn out and not good. TOO MANY COMMERCIALS. The story lines stupid and the acting at times terrible. The only good scene to me was with Veronica. Why wait so long to reveal who the person was that got shot. You know this soap started out pretty good. Please try to get back to the good writing and not so many commercials. Tyler u don't need that many commercials for this show, but if the rest of the shows are like this one for the new season you are going to lose your customers. Also Tyler when you edit your shows please look at the episode because some scenes are so fake. I like soaps but this episode was not good. Lovingly Ms. Wright

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  • Darlene

    Here we go again. Hold on to your seatbelt!!Tyler Perry you have done it again. All I can say is that, you are simply the best.

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    • SDF NYC #2050854

      YOU MUST HAVE BEEN WATCHING IT WITH SUNGLASSES ON.

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    • Barbara Newark #2050948

      Tyler Perry did what? The show was awful!!! What a mess.

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  • Elaine United States

    Hello Tyler Perry it needs to be longer ......... come on more than 1 time

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    • Barbara Maryland #2051115

      Very disappointed .What is going on ? The show made no sense at all ,no improvement I will not be wasting my time.

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  • Joan Ellen Kimbrough Gandy Lathrop, CA

    Sir, Each year my husband and I look forward to the season premier/return of your television show The Haves and the Have Not’s! As a writer of various art forms, I celebrate the hard work and dedication that your gifts, talent, and contributions provide to the television viewers each year. Please do not allow negativity from a few to distort your commitment to the arts within television and the movie industry. Less than fifty years ago, the arts for people of color lacked realistic characters and it was subject to stereotypes and prejudices. My family and I applaud you Mr. Tyler Perry and Ms. Oprah Winfrey for displaying commitment to excellence within the arts that will transform future generations to follow the path and patterns toward success! Respectfully, Joan Ellen Gandy, Retired U.S. Army Combat Veteran, Poet, Writer and Website Owner of TheArtOfGandy.com

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    • Pat Maryland #2051440

      I applaud own and Tyler Perry for bringing this series to fruition. However, we would be doing a disservice to own and Mr. Perry, if we are not truthful about the writing on this first episode in the new 2015 season. If you leave an audience with a cliffhanger, then you tell the audience what happened. The party provided no value to the show, neither did it advance the plot. In the Episode Dallas, Who Shot J.R. Do you think that would have been acceptable to leave the audience hanging. No. Those writers on Dallas, understood the needs of its audience and the need to keep the audience coming back. Yes, our OWN hero is black, but we should demand excellence to make them better. Own's viewers are educated people, and the show will lose many viewers, if the show does not improve. I do not want that, you do not want that. When you love something you have to be honest enough to tell the truth, even when it is painful.

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  • isis

    The new season starts off a big disappointment. This story have lost its boom-ya! It has been down graded and not interesting. There are stupid plots to this drama series. Why does Quency (hoodlum) always pop up in the Karrington's house? (silly) Why does Candace have more power than the rich. You give these broke, street ghetto people too much power. How silly. You make the judges like punks. You don't give them no manly roles. I wonder why. They are too b****** to be rich judges. For heaven's sake give Hanna a man, and get rid of her bitter, ugly attitude. Why do you downplay the blacks with the guns and gangs. Why are you stereotyping the blacks? Whites, Mexicans, and the Arabs, have gang members too! The show has gone down, it is just junk.

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  • Juan Texas

    Disappointed in tonight' s show. Give the storyline a jolt and speed things up a little. We are just getting strung along, at least throw us a bone every now and then. Tonight's show was a waste, there went an hour in our lives that we will not get back. We saw the writing on the wall when Candace didn't end up with a bullet in her head. Boring, boring and boring.

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  • GRANDMA Jo jo B'ham, Al.

    I LEFT THE GYM EARLY to see my favorite soap. Only to be reminded that it is a soap, wait, wait, almost, not yet, That's why I stopped watching soaps takes up so much time to get to the good stuff. Jim and Candace enough already. But I'll be back next week . Mr Perry is a great story teller. Bills have to be paid, case has to be paid. Come on Perry give use a bone. One good juicy bone, a show that keeps us glued to our seats the whole hour. Keep writing them Boo ! Grandma loves you.

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  • Dee Raleigh

    Very disappointing indeed! Why would he make us wait another whole week to see who got shot. It's obvious that Amanda shot hersself. But really the dragging out is ridiculous! Why didn't wyatt turn on any lights while he went in their room to check on them? Especially after seeing the front door was open and all in the middle of the night.

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  • Tracy NC

    I love TP and want to support, but I hate that the storyline is clearly being dragged out. I understand TP does all the writing, producing and directing which I believe may not be a good thing. Some of the writing makes no sense (like why Wyatt was not concerned with the door being open and his dad's phone on the ground). Having eyes, ears and expertise of others would be helpful.

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