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It’s the end of an era at OWN.
The cable network’s first and longest-running scripted drama, The Haves and the Have Nots, is set to end with its current eighth season. The show’s midseason finale airs Tuesday night, with the final batch of episodes set for May.
The Tyler Perry series, which follows the dynamic between two wealthy families and the hired help they employ, premiered in 2013. It will conclude after 196 episodes. Its conclusion follows that of Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong, which ended in June 2020. Perry had a partnership with OWN for several years before signing a rich overall deal with ViacomCBS that took effect in 2019.
“The Haves and the Have Nots was the first scripted drama we aired on OWN, and to say it took off from the first day it hit the air is an understatement,” said OWN founder Oprah Winfrey. “It’s all due to one man’s creativity and very vivid imagination, a man I refer to as my ‘big little brother,’ Tyler Perry. I thank Tyler, the incredible cast, the tireless crew and every single viewer who watched with bated breath each week and tweeted along with us these past eight years. I will be watching alongside you all during this final season.”
Added OWN president Tina Perry, “We are so grateful to Tyler Perry, the amazing cast and everyone at Tyler Perry Studios for eight incredible years of making The Haves and the Have Nots one of the biggest hits on cable television of the last decade. The series will forever hold its place in history as the network’s first ever scripted drama for which we are so proud. We can’t wait for fans to see the juicy storylines Tyler has planned for the final episodes.”
The Haves and the Have Nots stars John Schneider, Tika Sumpter, Angela Robinson, Renee Lawless, Crystal Fox, Peter Parros, Tyler Lepley, Gavin Houston, Aaron O’Connell, Brett Davis and Brock Yurich. Perry writes and executive produces the series, which has averaged some 3 million viewers per episode over the course of its run.
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