‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ is coming to an end, it has been announced.
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The series, which is anchored by Tika Sumpter, has served as the network’s longest running scripted drama and has amassed a loyal audience.
Currently in the midst of its eighth season, the show’s midseason finale airs tonight. It will bow out conclusively following the final episodes in May.
By that point, the Tyler Perry series – which chronicles the lives of two wealthy families and the hired help they employ – will have broadcast 196 episodes since its 2013 launch.
OWN founder Oprah Winfrey said in statement:
“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. 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.”
OWN president Tina Perry added:
“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.”
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The show has undoubtedly provided many a gripping moment and many a laugh along the way too.