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Enough viewers tuned in to Tyler Perry's The Oval to give the new series its best television ratings since the White House soap opera premiered last month.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn as U.S. President Hunter Franklin; and actress Kron Moore stars as his bitter, long-suffering wife, Victoria Franklin. They're dysfunctional family includes Paige Hurd as daughter Gayle Franklin, and Daniel Croix Henderson as son Jason Franklin.

According to TV By the Numbers, The Oval bounced back from 0.2 to 0.3 in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, while Tyler Perry's Sistas rose above its 0.2 to reach 0.3.

Nearly 1 million viewers tuned in to Wednesday's episode of The Oval. While Sistas drew 852 pairs of eyeballs this week.

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In Wednesday's episode of The Oval, titled "Rats Can Smell Poison," Richard (Javon Johnson) and his son Barry (Vaughn W. Hebron) struggle over Barry's gun. The gun goes off and a stray bullet hits an innocent bystander. Barry and Richard leave the scene just as a woman begins screaming.

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Lilly's husband, Donald (Lodric D. Collins) confronts creepy Secret Service agent Kyle (Brad Benedict), who has a crush on him. Donald orders Kyle to leave his home, and he tells Kyle he will reassign him to another detail once he gets back to the White House.

The president's creepy son, Jason, has his eye on Jean, one of the White House's pretty maids. As Jean cleans a spot on the rug, a naked Jason strolls across the hallway behind her.

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Jean complains to White House staff supervisor Priscilla (Taja V. Simpson), who reassigns her to another section of the White House.

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Victoria notices Gayle is missing from the breakfast table and she instructs Priscilla to go fetch her from her bedroom. Victoria gives Priscilla permission to enter Gayle's bedroom. Priscilla walks into Gayle's bedroom and interrupts her taking naked selfies.

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Gayle rudely orders Priscilla out of her room and gets dressed for breakfast. During breakfast, Ed reassures Gayle he will take care of Barry, whom Gayle accused of trying to rape her in episode 1.

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Ed fires Richard for allowing his son, Barry, to enter the White House without authorization. But Victoria orders Gayle to tell Ed the truth - that Barry never touched her. Gayle admits as much.

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Later, we see Bobby (Travis Cure), the sexy airport stalker who was shot twice by Lilly (Ciera Payton), waking up on an operating table in the basement of Lilly and Donald's home.

Apparently Bobby knows creepy Kyle, who kisses him on the lips as he awakens after passing out from the pain of surgery without anesthesia.

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Bobby angrily threatens Kyle for kissing him. After Bobby is sexually harassed by Kyle, Bobby convinces Kyle to unlock his handcuffs and let him leave the house.

Miraculously, after having undergone surgery to remove the bullets from his chest and gut, Bobby is able to get up from the operating table and walk out of the room, like nothing happened.

Donald's granddaughter. Callie (LondonRose Sellars) is still missing, after having been kidnapped by her mentally unstable mother, Ruth, with the help of cult members.

Barry and his mother, Nancy (Ptosha Storey), finally go to the police department to report the child missing. But they are informed by the detective that Ruth was killed. The episode ends with little Callie still missing.
 

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Tyler Perry is defending his new BET drama "The Oval" from critics who say the series is a rip off of "Scandal" and other successful TV soap operas.

Perry said The Oval was inspired by the war of the sexes between the Carrington and the Colby families in ABC's TV series Dynasty (1981-1989).

"I'm such a fan of Aaron Spelling and what he did with Dynasty, Dallas and all of those things back in the '80s, so to have this moment to do this it's really, really exciting," Perry told Deadline.com.

Perry, who recently launched his grand new TV and film studio in Atlanta, says The Oval is less about politics and more about the private sex lives of the people who make the White House hum.

"The Oval is not a political show. It’s a story of an interracial couple in the White House. It’s about following them upstairs to the residence, following the Secret Service home, following the maids and the butlers home. It's a powerful, fun thing for me. I've really, really enjoyed it."

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The 50-year-old Virgo suggested he parted ways with Oprah's OWN Network because she limited his budget and stifled his creativity.

"Well, the first time I ever did a TV drama was writing for Oprah and writing for the OWN Network with a very, very tiny budget, so I had to learn quickly then."

He also touched on reports that he refuses to hire writers because he wants all the credit for himself.

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"I love being on set with my crews, sitting there getting things done. I love writing 24 episodes in two weeks. I love shooting a season in 2 1/2 weeks. I just love the challenge of it all. For me, I want to get in there and fight. So, if you tried to take me out of this thing it's like taking somebody out of the game, who's played for a long time. It's like a quarterback who doesn't want to retire. That's where I am with it. I just love it."

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Execs at Tyler Perry Studios and BET are nervous about the terrible online reviews of Tyler's new scripted BET drama The Oval.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn as Hunter Franklin, the newly-elected Democratic president of the United States, who moves his family into the White House.

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Hunter, who is white, frequently locks horns with his handsome wife, Victoria Franklin (played by newcomer Kron Moore). Victoria, who is Black, violently objects to Hunter screwing his side pieces in the Oval Office.

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To further complicate Victoria's life, the couple's biracial teenage daughter, Gayle (Paige Hurd) is a shameless slut who takes after her daddy. At least she prefers Black eye candy.

At issue for most Black women is Kron's portrayal of Victoria as the typical angry Black b*tch (a common theme in Tyler's TV shows and movies).

It isn't clear what direction Tyler is taking The Oval in, but his female fans aren't willing to go along for the ride.

Fans want to support the 50-year-old Virgo, who owns the biggest Black-owned independent film studio in America. But Black women are growing tied of supporting a Black man who constantly portrays them in a negative light.

"I love Tyler Perry but I am looking for a different type of product from him," wrote one disgusted YouTube viewer.

Another annoyed viewer wrote, "What are you saying about black people that even in the White House, it's just sex and ratchetness. [sic] Wish this was a little more thought provoking, like hitting current events. Especially in an election year. Pass."

A third viewer wrote: "Another over-the-top, ridiculous fantasy melodrama from Tyler Perry. No thanks."

A male viewer wrote: "Another bedwench show trying to force race mixing".

With reviews like these BET execs are reportedly considering revamping a couple of troublesome episodes before the series debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 23.

An insider who attended a recent screening of The Oval in Atlanta whispered to Sandrarose.com, "Girl, you could hear a pin drop in the room when the preview ended."

Question: Ladies, do you plan to watch The Oval?
 

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BET hired Scott as a fashion reporter during the 2013 BET Awards last summer. But after Scott showed up tardy for his hosting gig, BET's Stephen Hill reportedly ordered Scott to change into attire more suitable for a masculine male host.

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Being Mary Jane

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Last night's episode of BET's hit scripted series Being Mary Jane sparked serious online debates about the manner in which Andre (Omari Hardwick)'s wife serviced him in bed. In a recent episode, Andre, who is cheating on his wife, Avery Daniels (Robinne Lee), with Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union), blamed his cheating on the fact that his side piece performs fellatio on him and his wife doesn't.

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