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TBS adds more “House of Payne” episodes, hitting 172

TBS has committed to a whopping 172 episodes of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” after just two years.

It takes most sitcoms nearly eight years to reach that level. And most sitcoms of course never reach that number.

“We have a terrific relationship with Tyler Perry, and this deal means new episodes of ‘House of Payne’ will continue to air on TBS well into the future,” said Michael Wright, head of programming for TBS, TNT and TCM to Hollywood Reporter. “Tyler stands alone in the entertainment business today as an entrepreneur who knows his audience.”

The company who distributes the show Debmar-Mercury said it had planned for 40 episodes in the first year starting in mid-2007. Perry delivered 100 episodes in that first calendar year.

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Deb-Mer co-president Ira Bernstein told the Reporter that the show has already generated more than $250 million in revenue. The story then explains how Deb-Mar was able to make back its money in one year instead of the typical five thanks to this model.

Obviously, the downside of pumping out this many episodes in such a short time means some sacrifice in quality over quantity. But fans are still watching. The story notes that “Payne” averages 3 million viewers per episode while “Meet the Browns,” following the same formula, averaged 3.2 million.

15 comments Add your comment

atl1000

July 24th, 2009
12:38 pm

neither tyler perry nor ‘house of payne’ is exactly my cup of tea, but i salute mr. perry’s work ethic, and the underlying them of his productions – ‘never be a victim’. that’s a good message to put out to millions, if you ask me.

Mr. Roc

July 24th, 2009
8:40 pm

“House of Payne” is starting to grow on me…but it’s pretty much the same storyline. Overall, I think it got potential. Saw Mr. Perry on “Black in America 2″. I applaud him for his rags-to-riches story.

Sponge

July 24th, 2009
11:24 pm

This is why TBS still sucks. I laugh everytime I go into the video store in Atlanta and see all the Tyler Perry videos checked out. On the west coast, you can’t give that crap away. I guess it just has to be “black” here and everyone loves it, eh?

Mark

July 25th, 2009
1:37 pm

Sponge: exactly!! Mr. Roc: Foot fungus grows on you too.

Mr. C

July 26th, 2009
11:06 am

Sponge go back to the West Coast we do not want you here anyway. I think your comment is a severe case of jealousy. Please go back home!

Mr. C

July 26th, 2009
11:06 am

P.S. Sponge, take Mark with you!

Mark

July 26th, 2009
12:30 pm

I would never live on the west coast. Way too liberal for my taste. I’ll just stay in atlanfrica for now.

derewood

July 27th, 2009
9:29 am

why is it that whenever all you mindless people can’t respond to a comment all you can say is go back where you came from or change the channel if Tyler Perry’s work suck then it sucks i would not watch his programs

ADL

July 27th, 2009
3:46 pm

Wow…1 joke = 172 episodes.

ATL

July 27th, 2009
3:50 pm

The actors really suck………….and the show suck as well.

GEC

July 28th, 2009
12:29 pm

Sponge – you are right on the money. Folks in Atlanta are simple-minded and are constantly entertained by the lowest common denominator.

Shawn

July 28th, 2009
10:31 pm

Are you guys kidding me? House of Payne is awesome. If it wasn’t then TBS would not order more episodes. Good for you Tyler, keep up the good work! Just make Ella a little bit nicer. Mr. Payne is very, very funny! To the wild blue yander…….and cut! LOL.

No confusion

July 29th, 2009
3:34 am

If you like the show or hate the show, you have to respect that Tyler Perry has created a product that is desired by a television network. When black people are disappearing from most major shows, having black represented the television screen is important. In addition, he is providing work to actors that are not necessarily a household name.

Sandi

July 29th, 2009
9:21 am

It’s amazing to me how some of you that have migrated here from cities North & West,have the nerve to criticize people here as being slow,simple minded, and all the other foul comments you make. My question is Why are you here?We were doing fine without you and the crime and gangs you brought with you,seems to me the grass was greener here and i bet most of you are living better here then you did in your so called places of paradise. If you are so unhappy with the slow & simple minded people here take your selves back where you came from and be assured you want be missed!!!

Sandi

July 29th, 2009
9:27 am

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