With a tagline that reads, "The rich get richer and the poor get even," the Tyler Perry-created drama, "The Haves and The Have Nots" has all of the camp of a daytime drama, but it's on primetime (move over, "Dallas"!), with a cast that boasts a bevy of familiar faces from soap operas past, including "One Life to Live," "As the World Turns," and "Passions."
The show centers on an affluent family and the hired help who work in their Savannah mansion. But what's the scoop on the show's wealthy family that seems to "have" it all?
"Dukes of Hazzard" alum John Schneider stars as powerful patriarch Jim Cryer on the new drama, a role that's a far cry from his Hazzard County alter ego.
Of his role as the power-hungry judge, Schneider told TV Guide, "This is the role that may finally get people to stop calling me Bo Duke. I'm usually cast as the guy who lives on a dirt road -- the one who'll be there to sandbag your house when you need help. That ain't Cryer."
He also adds that the only person his self-centered character truly cares about is "the apple of his eye, his daughter Amanda [Jaclyn Betham], who wants to be a lawyer. He'll do anything to avoid disappointing her."
Speaking of Cryer, he has a penchant for high-priced call girls, and (disappointment alert!) his opening night escort, Candace, is a pal of his daughter's. Actress Tika Sumpter plays Candace on the series, and the actress knows a thing or two about soap-style drama: She had a long-running role on ABC's "One Life to Live," playing Layla Williamson from 2005 to 2011.
In an interview with Examiner, Sumpter dished about her role as the troublemaking Candace: "Yeah, so she's a vixen. She's an ambitious woman. She's a law student who, in order to pay for law school, she escorts," she said. "And she's had a really hard past. She does what is best for her. Her brother, that's the one person that she loves and would give up her life for. Other than that, she's like, fair game."
Renee Lawless plays Cryer family matriarch, Katheryn, on the OWN drama. In an interview with Knoxville.com, Lawless revealed, "My character is a 'Have,' when it comes to money, but a 'Have Not' when it comes to faith. My character certainly has some redeeming qualities, but they are deeply hidden under layers and layers of baggage. What you see in the first episode is vastly different than what you will see four or five episodes later. She has long standing in Georgia and the community, and to everyone around her, she can rule with an iron fist. Inside, however, she is empty and alone."
And actress Jaclyn Betham talked to MediaBlvd magazine about her character, rich girl Amanda Cryer: "Amanda is in law school. She's very much [an] introvert. She's the girl that has everything but has absolutely nothing. She has Prada head to toe, the nicest car, goes to the best law school, and basically gets anything she wants. But she doesn't get everything. She doesn't get attention from her family, she doesn't feel pretty, and she's very insecure. She battles her own inner demons. Throughout the show, she goes through a huge transition. The story never stops. It just keeps escalating. It keeps growing and growing right when you think it's enough."
"The Haves and the Have Nots" airs on Tuesdays at 9 PM on OWN.
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