'The Oval': Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about Tyler Perry's series on Viacom's BET
'The Oval' will center around the first couple whose rocky private lives belies their "ideal couple" facade. The scripted show will explore how lies, cheating and corruption affect the First Family and their interactions with the White House staff
As part of his deal with Viacom, Tyler Perry will write, direct and produce 'The Oval'. The White House soap will air on the Viacom-owned cable network BET, the African-American-focused cable network.
"I've been hard at work on 'The Oval' and can't wait to share this story with audiences," Perry told The Hollywood Reporter. "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." The series is the first show to be announced after Perry signed the multiyear, content partnership with Viacom in July 2017.
Principal photography is set to begin this summer at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. It will air sometime between October 2019 and September 2020.
'The Oval' will center around the first couple whose rocky private lives belies their "ideal couple" facade. The scripted show will explore how lies, cheating and corruption affect the First Family and their interactions with the White House staff.
The TV series will star Ed Quinn (One Day at a Time, 2 Broke Girls, Eureka) as the newly-elected President, 'Hunter Franklin'
Kron Moore (Stargirl, David Makes Man) will play his wife and the First Lady Victoria Frankin. The series will also feature Paige Hurd (Everybody Hates Chris) as Gayle, their rebellious daughter and Daniel Croix Henderson, who will play the part of their troubled son, Jason.
The series has also signed 11 series regulars. Javon Johnson (The Hate U Give) has been cast as Richard Hallsen, the White House butler. Ptosha Storey (Empire) will play his wife, Nancy Hallsen. Vaughn Hebron (TiTi Do You Love Me) is Barry Hallsen, Richard and Nancy’s son, while Teesha Renee (Yes, God, Yes) will portray Sharon, Barry Hallsen's girlfriend who works at a local pharmacy.
Lodric Collins (Grimm) has been cast as Donald Winthrop, chief of staff at the White House, with Ciera Payton (She’s Gotta Have It) as his wife Lilly Winthrop, a fashion designer. Taja V. Simpson (Boo 2: A Madea Halloween) is Priscilla Owens, the residence staff supervisor at the White House, married to Sam Owens, played by Walter Fantleroy (Grey’s Anatomy), who is the president’s Secret Service agent. Brad Benedict (Castle) will play another Secret Service agent, Kyle Flint. Travis Cure (Nocturnal) plays Bobby who meets Lilly Winthrop on a plane.
Tyler Perry will write and direct the show. He will also executive produce the series with Michelle Sneed through Tyler Perry Studios.
There is no trailer or footage available yet, but watch this space for updates.
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