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.
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.