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‘If Loving You Is Wrong’ kicks off 2nd season on OWN

March 21, 2017 GMT

As OWN continues its successful partnership with producer Tyler Perry, his provocative one-hour drama, “If Loving You Is Wrong,” returns to the network for a second season, premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier this year, OWN ordered 18 new episodes of the sexy series featuring a diverse cast and storylines that range from “heartfelt to scandalous.” It takes viewers into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle-class neighborhood. On the surface, they are true-to-life “relatable” people — raising children, working jobs, finding and maintaining romance — but just below the veneer of happiness, their lives are entangled by heartbreak, deceit and lies that threaten to destroy everything.

As the title suggests, “If Loving You Is Wrong,” created, written, directed and executive produced by Perry, follows Alex (Amanda Clayton), Kelly (Edwina Findley Dickerson), Marcie (Heather Hemmons), Esperanza (Zuley Henao) and Natalie (April Parker Jones) on their quest to find love in the midst of managing very complex lives. For these women, love is an ever-present necessity in spite of the high price that sometimes must be paid.

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In this new season, tensions are at an all-time high among friends and neighbors, now turned foes, and Kelly learns the whereabouts of her neighbor Ramsey (Trevante Rhodes).

In its most recent season, “If Loving You Is Wrong” was Tuesday night’s number-one original cable series among women averaging 2.6 million viewers in Live+3. It was also Tuesday night’s number-one original series on all of television among African-American women and total viewers.

OWN recently announced a 38-episode order for a new comedy series from Perry, “The Paynes,” a spinoff of his popular series “House of Payne.” The network also ordered 44 additional episodes of The Haves and the Have Nots,” Perry’s hit OWN drama series starring Tika Sumpter. Sumpter recently gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of Michelle Obama in the feature film, “Southside with You.”