Today's News: Our Take - OWN Schedules Downton-Like Drama From Tyler Perry; Oprah to Interview Whitney Houston's Mom

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Oprah Winfrey's OWN will premiere two new original series from Tyler Perry - including a Downton Abbey-esque drama - on May 29, OWN Presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan announced Saturday at the winter TV previews.

The Haves and the Have Nots will focus on the dynamics and secrets of the wealthy Cryer family and of the family of their maid, Hanna. Love Thy Neighbor, a half-hour comedy, will center on a local diner and all of its zany customers. The two series are part of Perry's exclusive deal with OWN, which was announced back in October. "We are thrilled and grateful - I would say very grateful - for the tremendous strides OWN has made over the last year," Logan told reporters.

Tyler Perry lands exclusive deal with OWN

Additionally, Salata and Logan announced star-studded lineups for the new seasons of Oprah's Next Chapter and Oprah's Master Class. Winfrey will interview new mom Drew Barrymore at her California home, LL Cool J on Next Chapter, in addition to Cissy Houston, who will look back on her daughter's legacy as the one-year anniversary of Whitney's death approaches.

Alicia Keys, Stevie Nicks, Susan Sarandon, Lenny Kravitz, Cindy Crawford, Tom Brokaw, Diahann Carroll and Berry Gordy will all be featured on Oprah's Master Class when the series returns in March.

Also coming up this year, OWN will premiere four new reality series. Golden Sisters will follow elderly yet vivacious sisters Mary, Josie and Teresa, who rose to Internet fame last year for a YouTube video showing the trio watching Kim Kardashian's sex tape. Raising Whitley will focus on comedienne and actress Kym Whitley (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Animal Practice) after she learns a young woman she mentored in the Big Sister program left Whitley to care for her newborn baby. Dogfellas centers on James "Head" Guiliani, who went from being a former street enforcer for the mafia and one of John Gotti's most trusted to the head of Brooklyn's top dog grooming parlor. Blackboard Wars will trace the transformation of one of the most dangerous and under-performing high schools in the country, located in New Orleans.

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