EXCLUSIVE: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has assembled the principal cast of the latest Tyler Perry drama series, the upcoming If Loving You Is Wrong (formerly Single Mom’s Club). Premiering in September, the new series, created, written, directed and executive produced by Perry, follows the relationships of a group of husbands and wives that live and love on the same street. While the neighbors come from very different backgrounds, their lives are similar — raising children, dealing with exes, worrying about money and keeping romance in their relationships. But just below the surface — secrets, lies and deception threaten to destroy what they have built.
Amanda Clayton (John Carter) plays Alex who is married to Brad, played by Aiden Turner (All My Children). Together they have two children. The couple’s relationship seems solid, but a secret threatens to derail their marriage. Heather Hemmens (Hellcats) plays Marcie, a real estate agent married to Randal, played by Eltony Williams (24). Together they are struggling with Marcie’s inability to have children. Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) plays Esperanza, ex-wife of Edward, played by Joel Rush (Days Of Our Lives). She and Edward are parents of an eight-year-old girl. Esperanza is terrified what her ex will do when he finds out about her new boyfriend, Julius, played by Octavio Pizano (East Los High). Edwina Findley (Treme) plays Kelly, mother to a young son. Her boyfriend, and father to her son, has been away on a relief mission in Haiti for a year. April Parker-Jones (Jericho) plays Natalie, a single mother of three kids at home and one adult son in prison. She constantly struggles to pay the bills and her ex Lushion, played by Charles Malik Whitfield (Law & Order), is trying to love her while taking care of their son, Frank.
If Loving You Is Wrong, produced by OWN and Tyler Perry Studios, is Perry’s second drama series for OWN under his production deal with the network. The first, The Haves And The Have Nots, has been a breakout. It returned with new episodes May 27 to more than 3 million total viewers, becoming the network’s highest season premiere in history. Additionally, Perry’s OWN comedy, Love Thy Neighbor, returns with new episodes June 25.