SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 01: Tyler Perry arrives at the WACO Theater Center's 3rd Annual Wearable Art Gala at The Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport on June 1, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
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Tyler Perry’s first BET drama ‘The Oval’ set in White House

Originally posted Thursday, June 20, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Tyler Perry, the man of many projects, has announced his latest TV production set in the White House called “The Oval.”

This is his first TV series for BET in a deal he signed in 2017 with Viacom. He previously had comparable deals with WarnerMedia’s TBS and then Discovery’s OWN. 

The key actors for “The Oval” will be Ed Quinn (“2 Broke Girls,” “One Day at a Tie”) playing the president, Kron Moore as the first lady, Paige Hurd as their defiant daughter and Daniel Croix Henderson as the troubled son. Principal photography begins this summer at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, according to

Perry will write, direct and executive produce the series. Michelle Sneed, president of production and development for Tyler Perry Studios, will also be an executive producer. 
Here is how Perry’s publicists describe the show:

‘The Oval’ will introduce viewers to the new first family moving into the White House. This picture-perfect couple has it all! Money, status, and pure bliss flank the Mr. & Mrs. However, behind closed doors, they are anything but flawless. With lies, cheating and messy mayhem running amuck, in the new scripted series, we see next level corruption up close and way too personal, directly from the White House. 

“I’ve been hard at work on ‘The Oval’ and can’t wait to share this story with audiences,” said Perry in a press release. “I’ve set out to create a show that tells the story of a family placed in the White House by people of power while also highlighting the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most iconic residence.”

This isn’t Perry’s first series set in the White House. He aired two seasons on OWN sister station TLC of a drama called “Too Close to Home” that aired in 2016 and 2017. 

Future BET/Perry productions include another drama, two comedies and a live holiday-themed production. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.