Roundtable Discussion: Tyler Perry’s The Haves And The Have Nots Season 8

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it will premiere the final episodes of its long running series, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” on Tuesday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The Tyler Perry drama which chronicles the scandalous lives of the Cryer, Harrington and Young families living in Savannah, Georgia, will conclude after eight seasons and 196 episodes.

I had a nice time listening in on the roundtable discussion with Actors Angela Robinson and Renee Lawless! They were so much fun to talk to and they answered my question about funny bloopers on set, check out what they had to say inside!

In this final season viewers will see the wealthy residents of Savannah, Georgia involved in a true-to-life Greek tragedy as Judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider) and his rich friends are all finding out what happens when personal flaws go unchecked. Karma has not been kind to the elite one percenters. The series 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.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” has averaged more than 2.8 million total viewers across its 188 episodes. It averaged more than 3.1 million viewers each year from 2014 to 2017. In 2021 to date, it is the most-watched cable series with African American Women 18+, households and total viewers.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios and created, written and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

Angela Robinson/Veronica

What was it like meeting Tyler Perry the first time? 

It was funny because I wanted to meet him in person and could hear his voice during auditions but come to find out, he was dressed as Madea because he was filming a movie and he didn’t want us to see him dressed like that lol.

Any comparisons to your character Veronica in real life?

Veronica stays cool under pressure, I have too much emotion. Her character is very complicated, extremely controlling and she’s a perfectionists, I’m not like that.

Funny stories on set?

Well yes, every season I thought I would be looking for a job because Veronica has been in car accidents, stabbings, drownings etc. I thought I was dead! We would cry and hold each other because we thought that was it for me, thinking welp, this is my last season lol. But some how some way she’d survive and come back to life lol!

Renee Lawless/Katheryn

How was it meeting Tyler Perry for the first time?

It was an outer body experience. Met him during a table reading and thank goodness for my theater background. It was like a deer in the headlights, I still feel that way 8 years later. Like wow, I’m really standing here talking to Tyler!

Do you have any similarities to your character Katheryn? 

I think she will always have a place in my home on the shelf somewhere. We both have a love of fashion. We both are a woman of a certain age, we fight back and we don’t like getting older. We might not feel attractive, we complain about our weight. Personally, I don’t have over $200 million dollars like her.

Who do you model your character after?

The show was really loosely based off of The Family That Praise. Kathy Bates, I drew from her because of her southern ties.

About Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots: Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” is a television drama from the prolific writer, director, and producer Tyler Perry. The show follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Georgia mansion.

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