These days, with so many different things to watch and ways to watch them, it can be hard for one thing to make an impact if it is not, for example, a six-episode HBO miniseries or the one new thing. Netflix that everyone wants to make fun of. And then there is The Haves And The Have Nots, an original drama on OWN that ends later this year after airing 196 episodes over the course of eight seasons – which is a lot. The credit for the show’s lifetime goes to creator Tyler Perry, who famously has always appreciated the crowd over … you know, the other thing, even if it’s not like The Haves And The Have Nots (which is an unmanageable title) was an underdog series that no one has ever seen. As reported by Deadline, the series has an average of 3 million viewers and is “always” ranked as one of the most watched cable shows for black women.
But it will all soon be in the past, because when the show – which Sonia Saraiya referred to as a “black Downton Abbey” in one AV club review eight years ago—Returning from its mid-season in May, it will air the final batch of episodes in its eighth and final season. Oprah Winfrey, OW at OWN, said the show’s success is entirely due to Perry’s “creativity and very vivid imagination”, with Deadline teasing that it gets a “finale, no one will see coming.” Exciting! But apparently not exciting enough for Perry and OWN to go to another 200 episodes. It can not be that hard to write four episodes of a TV show, right? Come on, Perry!