BOSSIP Exclusive: Tyler Lepley Of ‘The Haves & The Haves Nots’ Says Tyler Perry ‘Brought Real TV Back’

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Tyler Perry Show Cast Members Dish On Their Programs

Cast members from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s popular Tyler Perry TV shows The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor recently gathered in Atlanta to meet and greet with members of the press.

BOSSIP was on hand for the occasion and chatted with Tyler Lepley of The Haves and the Have Nots and Patrice Lovely, Palmer Williams Jr and Kendra C. Johnson of Love Thy Neighbor.

Tyler, who plays Benny Young on the The Haves, spoke candidly on Tyler Perry’s contribution to scripted dramas and praised him for “bringing real TV back” in a time when reality TV is so prevalent.

“I think it’s great what he’s doing, if you watch these shows there’s always cliffhangers,” said Lepley. “I think what happened with this whole movement with reality TV is we lost the suspense, we lost the anticipation, it goes hand in hand with all these phones. I think what he did is he brought real TV back.

Back in the day you used to have to wait for that. Back in the day with “Dallas” you had to wait till the end of the season to see if J.R. died. I think he brought the suspense back to television.”

Kendra C. Johnson of Love Thy Neighbor also sang praises to Perry and thanked the playwright/director for creating relatable characters like hers that tackle real life situations.

“There are so many times when I read the script and I’m like ‘oooh Mr. Perry get out my life’, the things that Linda is experiencing are very universal. We go through [it] with these men. That’s what makes the characters so relatable. When I go out people immediately go to their own story and say how their experience relates to Linda’s. You’ll see more of that this season.”

“The Have and the Have Nots” airs Tuesday’s at 9/8C and “Love Thy Neighbor” airs Wednesday’s at 9/8C.

What do YOU think about Tyler Perry’s OWN series??? Are you feeling these shows and do you agree that his work is “bringing back real television???

Check out more photos of the cast and special guests Mimi Faust and Claudia Jordan after the flip.

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