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Tyler Perry, Oprah Become Sofia and Madea to Promote OWN

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry found an interesting way to promote the OWN network, which will be home to two new Perry shows beginning in May: “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “Love Thy Neighbor.”

The duo donned familiar costumes in a parody video, recreating their famous roles: Winfrey as Sofia from “The Color Purple,” and Perry as Madea from several of his films.

In the spot filmed outside of Atlanta, Madea stops Sofia to ask where OWN is located. She gets a much more strident answer than she bargained for.

Perry’s new drama, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” will premiere May 28 on OWN, while his new comedy, “Love Thy Neighbor,” debuts May 29. He’ll appear in the May 26 episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” which will be followed by “Tyler Perry Comes To OWN: Behind The Scenes,” a special about the making of the two series.

Read more about Perry’s shows below.

8 p.m. CT Tuesdays beginning May 28
From prolific writer, director, producer Perry, “The Haves and the Have Nots” is a new drama which follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent mansion set in Savannah, Georgia.

From the outside, the Cryers are the enviable face of success and wealth, but behind the veil, the family’s dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch Jim Cryer (John Schneider, “Dukes of Hazzard”) is a powerful judge whose double-life, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk. His wife, Katheryn Cryer, is the ultimate matriarch portraying a loving and dutiful wife, but she is willing to do anything to protect her family’s status. Their son Wyatt (Aaron O’Connell) is a troubled angry jock who cares little for his own image and finds himself in and out of rehab…

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