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‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ return January 7th (VIDEO)

Tyler Perry‘s The Haves and the Have Nots return to OWN for its seventh season beginning Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m.

The popular series comes back with a vengeance as the Cryer, Harrington and Young families fight for their very existence. Did David and Jeffrey survive Veronica’s gun slangin’ goons? Is this the end of the Cryer clan? Did Candace ever transfer that money? Will Hannah ever love or trust again?

So many questions Tyler!!!!!

The Haves and the Have Nots is the #1 original cable series among African- American Women total viewers. It is also among the Top 5 original scripted series on ad-supported cable. 

The series stars John Schneider (Jim Cryer), Tika Sumpter (Candace Young), Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington), Renee Lawless (Katheryn Cryer), Crystal Fox (Hannah Young), Peter Parros (David Harrington), Tyler Lepley (Benny Young), Gavin Houston (Jeffrey Harrington) and Aaron O’Connell (Wyatt Cryer). 

Watch a sneak peek below:

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OWN’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ returns May 7 at 9 p.m. (VIDEO)

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OWN’s The Haves and The Have Nots return next month beginning May 7 at 9 p.m. with all new episodes and boy do I have some questions. No really I do! Count ’em up!

Is Hannah’s new boo actually the guy who raped her and is he Candace’s father?

Will Jeffrey survive crazy ass Officer Justin?

What exactly does David have planned for Veronica?

Did Candace really hit the jack pot with the President Elect or is she being enticed with fool’s gold?

Will Wyatt kill Jim and Katheryn?

Finally, did they ever bury D.A. Jennifer Sallison? (OK, I know they buried her but boy did they have her body out in that living room for a while (LOL)

“The Haves and the Have Nots” continues to rank among the top three original scripted series on ad-supported cable with OWN’s key demo and is the #1 original scripted cable series on Tuesday nights.

Kudos TP!

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Crystal Fox joins HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ for Season 2

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CONGRATS to The Haves and the Have Nots star and fellow Atlantan Crystal Fox. She has been added to the second season of the HBO series Big Little Lies.

According to S&A, Fox will star as Elizabeth Howard, the mother of Zoë Kravitz’s character Bonnie. Also joining the show is Mo McRae, who will portray Michael Perkins, a teacher who has a serious beef with Laura Dern‘s character Renata.

Big Little Lies is based on Liane Moriarty‘s bestselling book of the same name and tells the tale of three mothers of first-graders whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. It also features Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.

Fox is an accomplished stage and television actress. She is best known for her role as Office Luann Corbin on the groundbreaking 80s series In the Heat of the Night. Look for her to also star in the upcoming project Coffee Klatch with T.C. Carson, Charnele Brown and Karen Malina White. 

Stay tuned…

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#UPFRONT to feature Crystal Fox, Winsome Sinclair & Donald Jarmond

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

This Saturday’s edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry is going to be another great one indeed!

I had a chance to chat exclusively with the casting directors Winsome Sinclair and Donald Jarmond. The two open up about working on the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” (which opens this weekend) as well as their numerous other film projects. Sinclair first got her start working with the legendary Spike Lee and did casting for many of his films including “Jungle Fever,” “Malcolm X” and “Crooklyn.” These are definitely two behind-the-scenes stars that you will want to know.

I also had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with singer, actress and dancer Crystal Fox. She opens up about playing Hanna Young on Tyler Perry‘s popular soap opera, “The Haves and the Have Nots.” She also talks about her FREE “Dance for Diversity” event that is taking place in Atlanta on 6/24 and an unforgettable moment she shared with her aunt—Nina Simone.

#UPFRONT Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute radio magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the “Entertainment Capital of the South.” It airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and his hosted by yours truly, Ray Cornelius.

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HAHN Star Crystal Fox to host ‘Dance for Diversity’ Event on 6/24

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TV, film and stage actress and star of “Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have NotsCrystal Fox is teaming up with Act to Impact Global for “Dance for Diversity” on Saturday, June 24 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Atlanta’s historic Adair Park II.

The day of celebration through music and dance will feature food trucks, dance and performing artists, ice cream, reading to and for kids and discussions on voter’s education and literacy. There will also be a book distribution to encourage kids and teens to read for the summer.

The mission of Act to Impact Global is to inspire, empower & educate people to combat bigotry and social ills by building bridges of communication.

Adair Park II is located at 866 Murphy Ave. SW Atlanta, GA 30310.

Click here to see more photos of Fox at the recent Kenny Leon’s True Colors “Golf & Gala” where she performed excerpts of August Wilson‘s “The Piano Lesson” with Leon, Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Lee and Glynn Turman.

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‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ return 6/20 at 9 p.m. (VIDEO)

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My favorite Tuesday night guilty pleasure, “The Haves and the Have Nots” is back! The hugely popular one-hour series returns this summer beginning Tuesday, June 20 at 9 p.m. followed by the season two premiere of “Queen Sugar” at 10 p.m. EST.

Hanna (Crystal R. Fox), the moral conscience, is being tested like never before. Hanna and her son, Benny, (Tyler Lepley) are stripped of everything they have once Candace’s (Tika Sumpter) latest hustle fails miserably. In the premiere episode, Hanna’s family is once again pushed to their limits after Warlock (Jon Chaffin) unleashes his vengeance.

In its most recent season, “The Haves and the Have Nots” averaged over 3 million viewers in Live +3, was Tuesday night’s #1 original cable series for W25-54 and Tuesday night’s #1 original series on all of TV for African-American women and total viewers.

Take a look at the sneak peek below and stay tuned…

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TONIGHT! ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ return for Season Four (VIDEO)

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It’s Tuesday and you already know what that means! Tyler Perry’s “The Have and the Have Nots” returns TONIGHT for a fourth new season and I can tell you now—ya’ll ain’t ready!  It debuts at 9 p.m. EST on OWN.

As previously reported, “The Haves and the Have Nots” continues to heat up as Hanna (Crystal Fox), the moral conscience, is tested like never before. Hanna and her son, Benny, (Tyler Lepley) are stripped of everything they have once Candace’s (Tika Sumpter) latest hustle fails miserably. In the premiere episode, Veronica (Angela Robinson) is stunned after Katheryn (Renee Lawless) lashes out in anger.

Make sure you check out the preview below and don’t forget to tune into “UPFRONT” this Saturday, January 7 at 9 a.m. Lawless and Robinson are both in the studio to talk about the show, how their careers have changed, working with Tyler Perry and more!

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WATCH A Sneak Peek of OWN’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ (VIDEO)

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s and Tyler Perry‘s hit drama series “The Haves and the Have Nots” returns for Season Four with all-new episodes beginning Tuesday, January 3 at 9pm ET/PT.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” continues to heat up as Hanna (Crystal Fox), the moral conscience, is tested like never before. Hanna and her son, Benny, (Tyler Lepley) are stripped of everything they have once Candace’s (Tika Sumpter) latest hustle fails miserably. In the premiere episode, Veronica (Angela Robinson) is stunned after Katheryn (Renee Lawless) lashes out in anger.

Most recently, the season finale of “The Haves and the Have Nots” (9/6/16) delivered 4.1 million viewers P2+ in Live+3 and ranked as the night’s #1 cable telecast across women. The series consistently ranks as Tuesday night’s #1 original cable series among women 25-54 and women 18+ as well as primetime’s #1 original series among African-American women and total viewers.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.

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Tyler Perry hosts Press Luncheon for ‘HAHN’ and ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

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The OWN Network and Tyler Perry hosted a press luncheon on Friday afternoon to celebrate the new seasons of their hit series “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “Love Thy Neighbor.”  A few of the series stars attended the luncheon including HAHN’s John Schneider and Angela Robinson along with the hilariously funny Patrice Lovely and Palmer Williams, Jr. from TTN.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: (L-R): Actor Palmer Williams, actress Angela Robinson, actor John Schneider and actress Kendra C. Johnson attend the OWN Press Lunch with Tyler Perry and the casts of "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor" on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Oprah Winfrey Network)

Palmer Williams Jr., Angela Robinson, John Schneider and Patrice Lovely

President of OWN and Harpo Studios Erik Logan was also in attendance along with pop culture expert Shannon Lanier, F.U.B.U co-founder and fashion maven J. Alexander Martin and Khalil Hasan.  Atlanta-based Sheen Magazine was in the building along with veteran writer and gossip columnist Michael Musto. The actors and Mr Perry also participated in a press conference style Q&A.

Check out more photos + a preview of the next HAHN episode below:

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: (L-R): Khalil Hasan, J. Alexander Martin and Shannon Lanier attend the OWN Press Lunch with Tyler Perry and the casts of "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor" on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Oprah Winfrey Network)

Khalil Hasan, J. Alexander Martin and Shannon Lanier

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Actress Kendra C. Johnson and actor Palmer Williams attend the OWN Press Lunch with Tyler Perry and the casts of "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor" on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Oprah Winfrey Network)

Patrice Lovely and Palmer Williams Jr. getting crunk on the red carpet

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: (L-R): Actor John Schneider, actress Angela Robinson, Erik Logan, president of OWN and Harpo Studios, actress Kendra C. Johnson and actor Palmer Williams attend the OWN Press Lunch with Tyler Perry and the casts of "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor" on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Oprah Winfrey Network)

Actors with President of OWN and Harpo Studios President Erik Logan

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: (L-R): Actor John Schneider, actress Angela Robinson, director and producer Tyler Perry, actress Kendra C. Johnson, and actor Palmer Williams attend the OWN Press Lunch with Tyler Perry and the casts of "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor" on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Oprah Winfrey Network)

Q&A with actors and Tyler Perry

“The Haves and the Have Nots” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST and “Love Thy Neighbor” airs on Fridays at 9 p.m. EST on OWN!

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‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ return to OWN January 5 (VIDEO)

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My favorite Tuesday night guilty pleasure, The Haves and the Have Nots returns to OWN with all-new episodes beginning on January 5 at 9 p.m. EST!

In the new season, we’ll see Jim Cryer (John Schneider), his wife Katheryn (Renee Lawless) and their wealthy friends, David (Peter Parros) and Veronica Harrington (Angela Robinson), dealing with hard lessons they have sewed from past actions. Cryer is rendered powerless for the first time in his life as the charges against him mount. Candace (Tika Sumpter) is haunted by a horrific crime that she and Jeffery (Gavin Houston) have committed and will stop at nothing to cover up the secret. Meanwhile, Hanna (Crystal Fox) continues to be a moral pillar for her family and co-workers.

The Haves and the Haves Nots continues to be a ratings gold for Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey! Last season’s episode delivered a record 3.7 million viewers and ranked as the night’s #1 cable telecast across all key measures.  The series consistently ranks as Tuesday night’s #1 original cable series among women 25-54 and primetime’s #1 original cable series among African-American women and total viewers.

Can’t wait to see how Candace is going to get herself out of this one!  In the meantime, check out a preview below:

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OWN’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ + ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ cast visit Atlanta [PHOTOS]

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Tuesday afternoon, the cast of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s, The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor, held a private press reception at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA to present seasons 2b of their respective shows.

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Angela Robinson, Crystal Fox and Gavin Houston from “The Haves and the Have Nots” and Patrice Lovely, Kendra C. Johnson and Palmer Williams from Love Thy Neighbor gave members of the press an exclusive sneak peek of their shows and conducted a Q&A following the previews.

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OWN’s “Love Thy Neighbor” moves to Friday nights at 9pm ET/PT beginning June 26, and “The Haves and the Have Nots,” kicks off Tuesday, June 30 with an explosive season premiere.  Check out a few more pics and trailers below:

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 The actors coming into the reception space

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 Invited Atlanta press taking photos

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 “The Have and  the Have Nots” actress Angela Robinson 

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Love Thy Neighbor star Palmer Williams 

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 Crystal Fox from The Have and the Have Nots 

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 Palmer Williams always keeps the crowd laughing

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 The Haves and the Have Nots star Gavin Houston 

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 Hey Kendra C. Johnson from Love Thy Neighbor 

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 Angela, Crystal and Gavin

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OWN’s ‘Have and Have Nots’ + ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ return this Summer (VIDEOS)

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit drama “The Haves and the Have Nots,” starring John Schneider and Tika Sumpter, returns for its new summer season on Tuesday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Also returning is the popular comedy series “Love Thy Neighbor” from Tyler Perry, featuring Patrice Lovely as the ornery but loveable Mama Hattie and her Love Train Diner, returns Friday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes.

Check out the hot new trailers below:

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Sneak Peek of Tyler Perry’s ‘Too Darn Hot’ Party w/Mary J. Blige and more (VIDEO)

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After you’ve gotten your “Have and Have Nots” fix for the week, make sure you stick around to watch Tyler Perry’s “Too Darn Hot Party.” The one-hour special airs TONIGHT at 10 p.m. EST on OWN.

The star-studded evening took place at Perry’s home celebrating the success of his historic programming partnership with Oprah Winfrey and to honor the talented and hardworking actors that bring all four of his popular television series to life week after week.

Too Darn Hot Party” offers an exclusive look behind the scenes of Perry’s celebratory affair. From the intense pre-event planning to candid moments with celebrity guest attendees (such as Oprah Winfrey) to a surprise performance by superstar Mary J. Blige, Tyler grants OWN’s cameras unprecedented access to document all of the festivities.

In addition, the special is full of surprises. A “superfan” is stunned by Tika Sumpter (Candace Young on “The Haves and the Have Nots”) with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the party. Also, magic occurs more than once during an after party “jam session” with Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday.

The special also includes fan videos, memorable scenes and interviews with cast members from Tyler’s OWN shows, including “For Better or Worse,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and his newest drama, “If Loving You is Wrong,” as well as reflections by other celebrities, including Ava DuVernay, Iyanla Vanzant, Niecy Nash and Loretta Devine.

For a sneak peek (with embed code) of the special, please click on the link below:

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TV BUZZ…Boris & Nicole, Tyler Perry + Phylicia Rashad

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One of my favorite acting couples is getting a new talk show, Tyler Perry’s expands his relationship with OWN and a Tony Award-winning actress is coming back to prime time. Here is the latest in TV Buzz…

Fox announced recently that acting duo, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker will be hosting a new talk show on the network scheduled to premiere this July 6. “The Boris and Nicole Show” will feature the couple’s take on current affairs, parenting and marriage.  Also joining in on the conversation will be a host of their celebrity friends and invited guests. The show will test run in New York, Los Angeles and other markets yet to be announced. [Yahoo]

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network has ordered additional episodes of all four of Tyler Perry’s shows: “The Have and the Have Nots” (23 episodes), “Love Thy Neighbor” (22 episodes), “If Loving You Is Wrong” (22 episodes) and “For Better or Worse” (20 episodes).  “Oprah Winfrey’s partnership with Tyler Perry has been a tremendous success, garnering millions of viewers for OWN and setting ratings records,” network president Erik Logan said in a statement. “Tyler’s original series have quickly become appointment viewing for a passionate audience and OWN is pleased to deliver 87 new episodes.” [Deadline]

Veteran actress and recent BET Honors recipient, Phylicia Rashad, is reportedly coming back to prime time in Ava DuVernay’s CBS drama, “For Justice.”  As previously reported, the series is based on James Patterson’s novel, “The Thomas Berryman Number.”  The new adaptation of the book follows a gay, female FBI agent, who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and is caught between her family’s radical views and her professional family. [TV Line]

Stay tuned…

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