Crystal Fox, Renee Lawless, John Schneider, Tika Sumpter, Patrice Lovely, Kendra C. Johnson & Palmer Williams

Written by | Ray Cornelius

A VIP reception was held last night in Atlanta for Tyler Perry’s new scripted series premiering on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.  Cast leads from both The Haves and Have Nots  and Love Thy Neighbor  were on hand at Bar One for a brief Q&A session and photos with Atlanta press.

The Have and Have Not  stars Tika Sumpter, Renee Lawless, Crystal Fox and John Schneider as well as Palmer Williams, Patrice Lovely and Kendra C. Johnson from Love Thy Neighbor  were the center of attention in the overly crowded restaurant.  Each actor recounted their first time meeting Oprah Winfrey as well as what it was like working with Tyler Perry.

The Have and Have Nots  is a one-hour drama which follows the complicated dynamic between two Savannah, GA families.  One is rich and powerful while the other finds wealth through religion and virtue.  Schneider and Lawless play the very affluent Jim and Katheryn Cryer and Fox is their maid, Hanna Young.  Sumpter plays Candace, Fox’s estranged daughter and town vixen that is secretly sleeping with Jim Cryer.

Love Thy Neighbor  is a half-hour comedy set at the Love Train Diner, a family restaurant that is run by Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely).  Johnson plays Lovely’s daughter, Linda while Williams is Uncle Floyd, the ever-present throne in Love’s side.

Both shows will debut starting May 28 and 29th; check out the photos below and tell us what you think:

Crystal Fox

Actress Crystal Fox is the niece of jazz diva Nina Simone and has appeared on the show In The Heat of The Night

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Renee Lawless, Tika Sumpter, Patrice Lovely, Kendra C. Johnson and Palmer Williams

Tika Sumpter23Renee Lawless

Tika Sumpter appeared in Sparkle  and The Game. Renee Lawless has appeared on the Broadway in WICKED

Syleena Johnson

R&B Diva  Syleena Johnson was also in attendance

Patrice, Palmer and Kendra C

Patrice Lovely, Palmer Williams and Kendra C. Johnson are hilarious together even off camera

Kendra C and Patrice Lovely

Kendra C. Johnson reveals that Patrice Lovely prepares for her role as Hattie Mae love by listening to T.I.

Kendra C Johnson

Kendra C. Johnson appeared in Phat Girlz, The Game  and is an Editor for Plus Model Magazine

Photography Credit/Done By Sight Photography