Really?Rating: 2 likes, 8 dislikes
The new primetime soap on OWN may be the best example of Oprah's desperation to find a show that people will watch in large numbers.
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS has a great, if not fresh premise: Rich people and their rich people problems and the people who "serve" those problems with conflicts of their own.
I was looking forward to seeing this show, if only because it would give me a reason to watch anything on OWN other than Lisa Ling's America and support the network.
Watching it made me cringe. The production values are um cheap. It's shot on a set that looks like it's from a college production. The lighting is too dark. The actors are trapped by a bad script. Their conflicts are good, the writing is bad. Sometimes it seemed as if the actors couldn't remember their lines because the pauses between dialog were so long. The structure of the drama is off.
Tyler Perry seems to be trapped in another time, long long ago,like the 1970's when daytime drama was at it's height. We're not there anymore. 21st century audiences need more.
The Haves and the Have Nots needs to look better, move faster and improve the writing and structure of the show. Scenes just for the purpose of exposition don't cut it.
I'm just surprised that Oprah let this thing on the air. It's not up to her standards in any way.
Review posted on Wednesday, May 29th 2013 at 7:36 am