EXCLUSIVE: The Dukes Of Hazzard and Smallville alum John Schneider is set to star in Tyler Perry’s drama series for OWN, The Haves And The Have Nots, while six actors, including Jonathan Chase and Palmer Williams, have been cast in Perry’s comedy series for the cable network, Love Thy Neighbor. Both shows, written, directed and Produced by Perry through his Tyler Perry Studios, are set to premiere at the end of May.
The Haves And The Have Nots follows the dynamics of the affluent Cryer family and the impoverished family of Hanna, their housekeeper, and the obstacles and secrets that exist within both families. Innovative-repped Schneider will play Jim Cryer, the Cryer family patriarch.
Love Thy Neighbor is set at Love’s Diner, where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a whole lot of love for its zany neighbors. Patrice Lovely of Perry’s A Madea Christmas, will play Hattie, the diner’s owner. Kendra C. Johnson (Phat Girlz) will play her daughter Linda who lives with her mother and works at the diner. Andre Hall will play Linda’s son Danny who moves back with his mother and grandmother to grieve the dissolution of his marriage. Jonathan Chase (One On One), repped by Domain and Main Title, plays Danny’s co-worker and best friend. Newcomer Darmirra Brunson, who won Tyler Perry’s talent search contest, will play Amber, Sam’s neighbor. Also cast in the series is Palmer Williams (House Of Payne) as Floyd.
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