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Former Gossip Girl regular Tika Sumpter remembers well a chat she had with both director Tyler Perry and iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey in which each insisted that people needed to see more young women with her look on television. Sumpter’s sky-high cheekbones, penetrating smile, and deep ebony skin tone make hers a unique face among the regulars who routinely capture leading roles in both television and film.

That’s all set to change this Tuesday night as Sumpter steps into the center of Perry’s new drama, The Have and the Have Nots, on Winfrey’s OWN network. The new series marks Winfrey’s first foray into scripted television, and tapping her BBF Perry for ideas seemed the obvious move for the talk show host turned network owner/executive.

Perry has described his new projects as throwbacks to 1980s soap-opera-style shows likeDynasty and Knots Landing. His second OWN show is Love Thy NeighborThe Have and Have Nots follows the lives of the very rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Georgia, mansion. Sumpter plays Candace, the estranged daughter of the family’s maid. John Schneider of The Dukes of Hazzard fame also stars as the Cryer family patriarch and a judge who leads a double life full of juicy extramarital affairs. One of those affairs is with Candace.

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article courtesy of TheDailyBeast.com

Tika Sumpter Steps Into A New Role On Winfrey’s OWN was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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