By Greg Gilman
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered an additional 16 episodes of Tyler Perry's drama series, "The Haves and the Have Nots," the network announced on Tuesday.
As a result, the first season will now consist of 32 episodes. The current cycle of the hit series will conclude on September 3, while the additional episodes will air early next year.
When the drama debuted on May 28, it became the highest-rated series premiere in network history with 1.77 million total viewers tuning in. Since its launch, the series has become Tuesday night's number one original cable series for women 25-54 and is averaging over 1.5 million total viewers.
"The Haves and the Have Nots" follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family, and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Georgia mansion. 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.
"Naturally, it is wonderful to have the network's first scripted series score so resoundingly," OWN president Sheri Salata said in a statement. "Tyler's fans and OWN viewers have responded to this guilty pleasure in record numbers, and we are happy to give them more of a good thing."