The Paynes (OWN) – Premieres 16th January
Spin-off from House of Payne, where Curtis and Ella Payne are now about to enjoy their retirement. It kicks off with the whole Payne family heading off to Florida for the funeral of Curtis’ uncle, where Curtis reveals to his sons that he was left a dilapidated house in a sketchy part of town along with his laundry business.
After telling them that he plans for the house to be their retirement home, and how he is going to reveal the new abode to Ella after the funeral. He ignores the warnings from his sons that this surprise may not go down well. Which it doesn’t.
As comedies go this is epically poor, the laughter track is overused to the point where lines that aren’t even a joke get laughs for no discernible reason. And all whole thing is played out like a sub-par Chuck Lorre sitcom.
It’s one to avoid.