Recap: OWN Preview Party for Love Thy Neighbor & The Haves & the Have Nots

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a press reception for OWN’s newest programming–Love Thy Neighbor and The Haves and Have Nots. This stop on OWN’s five-city press tour was “The Gallery” in NYC’s The Dream Hotel Downtown. The party served as a press preview for the Tyler Perry-directed & produced shows, which are also the inaugural scripted series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN.

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While we waited for the cast to make their grand entrance into the preview party, the DJ and the smorgasbord of passed hors d’oeuvres like lobster salad, sliders, steak tartare & shrimp tempura kept attendees filled and entertained.

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Once the cast made their way into the party, we saw a sneak preview of the shows and participated in a Q&A session with some of the Love Thy Neighbor & The Haves and Have Nots cast members. The organic chemistry between everyone on the stage did not go unnoticed and was attributed to Tyler Perry’s keen ability to select a dynamic cast. Before the night ended, Patrice Lovely (“Hattie Mae Love” on Love Thy Neighbor) belted out a few tunes, showcasing her acclaimed, gospel singing skills.

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The Haves and the Have Nots cast: Tika Sumpter, John Schneider, Crystal Fox, Renee Lawless, Angela Robinson & Jaclyn Betham

Love Thy Neighbor seems to follow Perry’s winning comedic formula (a la Madea, Meet the Browns, etc.), while Haves is reminiscent of a scandalous, fast-paced soap opera.

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Love Thy Neighbor cast: Palmer Williams Jr., Zulay Henao & Patrice Lovely

#HaveandHaveNots premieres tonight, Tuesday May 28th on OWN (9et).
#LoveThyNeighbor premieres Wednesday May 29nd on OWN (9/8c).

Will you be tuned in?

(Photo credits: Takeem Omar)

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