Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Posted on 15:18 by preeti
Before last night, I had never seen a Tyler Perry film, television series or play, but since I do enjoy a good soap opera, I decided to check out The Haves and the Have Nots, his new serialized drama that premiered on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network). And although the show is not must-see TV, I enjoyed it enough to keep watching - and it certainly doesn't hurt to have actor/model Aaron O'Connell remove his shirt in every episode. He is a gorgeous dreamboat of a man who provides some delectable eye candy worth tuning in for.
Based on Perry's 2011 musical play of the same name - but without the singing - the series is centered around the rich and powerful Cryer family of Savannah, Georgia, and their maid, Hanna, and her family. The first two episodes introduced us to patriarch Jim Cryer (played by The Dukes of Hazzard's John Schneider, who still looks mighty fine at age 53), who paid for an intimate encounter with an "escort" named Candy (One Life to Live's Tika Sumpter). He then returned home to his wife Katheryn, where he was shocked to meet their daughter Amanda's new friend from college - Candace (aka Candy). Of course, Jim wanted this devious young woman out of his life, but not so fast - she blackmailed him for $100,000 and a sports car in exchange for her silence about their liaison. We also learned that Candace is Hanna's estranged daughter, and there is no love lost between these two ladies. Meanwhile, Jim's son Wyatt (played by a shirtless O'Connell) has just been released from his third stint in rehab for drug addiction, and he is followed everywhere by his life coach Jeffrey, a closeted homosexual who is attracted to him. These main storylines kept my interest - and it's always good for a soap to have a bitch and a gay character (it worked for Dynasty).
I also liked Eva Tamargo (who played Pilar on NBC's Passions) as Celine, another Cryer housekeeper and Hanna's friend, and the hunky Tyler Lepley as Benny, Hanna's son (he also looks quite nice without a shirt, but so far neither he nor Tamargo have much to do). The production values of the show are definitely in the daytime drama mold - it's videotaped in a studio with no exterior footage. And it reminds me of the 1989-91 NBC soap, Generations, which was considered groundbreaking at the time for featuring an African-American family as one of its core families. There is nothing groundbreaking about The Haves and the Have Nots, which is just a sudsy serial with some attractive abs on display. But it could become a guilty pleasure addiction - especially if Candace and Hanna have a catfight in the pool and Wyatt and Benny have to remove their shirts to break it up. I'm just throwing that idea out there for you, Mr. Perry.
My grade (so far) for Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots is a B (it airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on OWN). For more information on the series, go to www.oprah.com.