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TBS orders a third Tyler Perry show ‘For Better or Worse’ as ‘House of Payne’ ends its run

Tyler Perry's new dramedy "For Better or Worse" is based on his film "Why Did I Get Married?"

Tyler Perry's new dramedy "For Better or Worse" is based on his film "Why Did I Get Married?"

TBS sure loves Tyler Perry.

The Atlanta-based network has ordered a third show from Perry called “For Better or Worse,” set to debut later this year while “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” will be retired next year after six years on the air.

But “For Better or Worse” won’t be a family-friendly sitcom like “Payne” and “Meet the Browns.” TBS describes the new show as a “dramedy” targeting young adults and will be based on the Perry hit films “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight) and Tasha Smith (Couples Retreat) will reprise their respective roles as television anchor Marcus and salon owner Angela.

As of right now, it’s a 30-minute series. Perry will use a “single camera” set up like “The Office” or “Modern Family,” not the traditional three-camera  sitcom such as “The Big Bang Theory” or “Mike & Molly.”  It will be shot at Tyler Perry Studios in Southwest Atlanta and is tentatively scheduled to debut at the end of 2011.

Like  “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns,”  TBS will introduce “For Better or Worse” with a test run of ten episodes before committing to more.

“House of Payne” debuted in 2006 as a test run of ten episodes, all financed by Perry, and aired in ten test markets, including Atlanta. It did so well, TBS ordered an unprecedented 100 episodes. Perry, using a much tighter schedule than most sitcoms, shot two episodes a week in a span of a year. Over seven seasons, the series has aired more than 180 episodes and will end its run sometime next year. “Payne” completed production in early April.

“Even though it will be sad to say goodbye to ‘House of Payne,’ I’m really looking forward to exploring new territory with ‘For Better or Worse,’ ” said Perry in a press release.  “Working on ‘House of Payne’ taught me a lot about what it takes to make a successful television series and I’m looking forward to applying that experience to ‘For Better or Worse.’ ”

“Payne” averaged close to three million viewers per new episode in its earlier days, but during this current year, viewership has dipped to about 2.2 million viewers. During its entire run, it has averaged 2.77 million viewers, 1.48 million in the advertiser-friendly 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen Research. Since 2008, it has been syndicated as well on the CW, MyNetworkTV and Peachtree TV.

His other sitcom, “Meet the Browns,” debuted in 2009 and  has aired 132 episodes over four seasons of varying lengths. Its ratings are in the same neighborhood as “House of Payne,” averaging 2.57 million viewers with 1.35 million in the 18-49 demographic.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

37 comments Add your comment

Madea gets reassignment surgery

April 26th, 2011
7:16 pm

No….Please no more.

Chris

April 26th, 2011
7:59 pm

Awesome. 30 more minutes a day I’ll not care to watch that network.

John

April 26th, 2011
8:09 pm

Continue the “Great” work Tyler. The World needs more shows like Payne and Brown. Keep doing what you do Brother

Supporter

April 26th, 2011
8:17 pm

I’m glad Mr. Perry is branching out with a new tv series. I will always support him as he tells the stories of Black people in this country. After all, who else is telling our story? Some of the stories are entertaining and some are depressing, but they belong to us. Congratulations on all your success.

Gene

April 26th, 2011
8:27 pm

Ugh, seriously? I may consider give Perry’s shows a chance, but until he gets over himself and quits naming everything “Tyler Perry’s… Latest Piece of Artless Wonderment,” I won’t be watching them. 3 thumbs down on the TiVo it is!

mamaj

April 26th, 2011
8:38 pm

We’ll miss you Gene….NOT!

Will always be a fan

April 26th, 2011
8:47 pm

Tyler Perry can make lemon flavored ketchup and I will support him. I do not care what he names it. He can put any name on it he wants and I will still be a fan. Gene, people like you need to get over your selves. It is sad that you would rather tear him down. Ed Sullivan used his name, Have you heard of Jay Leno and the Tonight Show or maybe you know of David Letterman. If you choose not to watch that is our loss not his. I will have my thumbs up and my big toes too. Keep producing Tyler and let all the haters go to hell.

Kapoonka

April 26th, 2011
8:49 pm

It’s good to see him spread his wings with a different genre. I’ll check it out for sure. Not sure how this can be misconstrued as a bad thing. A Black man…producing TV shows for a major network…providing many jobs for local residents. Why is Tyler being scrutinized on one level yet there no uprise for a lot of the junk out there being produced by others? A common sense approach to all the hatemongers is simple..if you don’t like the product, don’t watch it. No need to spew venom….geeez.

Cammi317

April 26th, 2011
9:02 pm

He tells the story of black people with House of Payne and Meet the Browns?????? I don’t think so! Those characters are ignorant and they don’t represent anyone in my group of family and friends. He has done a handful of decent movies, but the rest is pure coonery. Admittedly, some of his stuff is hilarious now and then, but the story of black people…PLEASE!

TakaylaWilliams561

April 26th, 2011
9:24 pm

I think it’s a great idea. You never know what issues it will touch on especially about relationships. Keep doing what you do Tyler

Snoop Dogg

April 26th, 2011
9:26 pm

Stop the madness, another reason not to watch TBS!

Jim Cramer

April 26th, 2011
9:28 pm

How much stock in TBS does Tyler Perry own? Ever since TBS started showing less Braves baseball they have gone down the tubes.

Chocolate Giddy Up

April 26th, 2011
9:36 pm

Michael Jai White will forever be….Black Dynamite

Madea gets reassignment surgery

April 26th, 2011
10:03 pm

Just get the surgery. We all know.

pw

April 26th, 2011
11:15 pm

Congratulations to Tyler Perry. Keep doing what you do and ignore the haters.

mamaj

April 26th, 2011
11:29 pm

I don’t even begin to understand why it matters if he is gay or not. I happen to think that he isn’t, but somehow, to me his genius isn’t tied to his sexuality, one way or the other.

mamaj

April 26th, 2011
11:46 pm

At least it’s not another doggone reality show. I love to laugh and Tyler Perry does it for me, with his movies and his sitcoms. Oh yeah, and the majority of the people on his shows and movies look and act like like ME and my family!—something I don’t see much of on TV.

TG

April 27th, 2011
7:30 am

“Married” was the first time I actually liked one of his movies, so if this new show is molded out of that, I might give it a look. That said, I still question the IQ of anyone who finds his Madea stuff “hilarious” or who was able to watch more than three minutes of his two shows on TBS. Sorry, I just don’t know how someone with intelligence could do that.

Netradiojock

April 27th, 2011
8:37 am

Oh God…more bafoonery is coming.

eadysco

April 27th, 2011
10:09 am

Props to Tyler Perrty for his success but the bottom line is none of his sitcoms are funny

LUCKS

April 27th, 2011
12:30 pm

Nat Turner

April 27th, 2011
1:54 pm

I am happy to hear this. I loved the Why Did I Get Married movies. They are certainly his best writing. But I hope that he can make Tasha more well-rounded and multi-faceted, and not just screaming and fighting every week. That concept would get old real quick.

And please, for the love of God, Tyler, no laugh track! That drove me crazy on the House of Payne.

Advisory Ent.

April 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

Rhett Butler

April 27th, 2011
11:37 pm

Has Tyler come out of the closet yet?

yep

April 28th, 2011
12:07 pm

Meet the Browns and House of Payne are possibly the two worst shows that have ever been on television. I watch the office every night knowing that one of those two shows (Can’t remember which one, but it doesn’t matter seeing as they are basically the same show anyway) will come on right after. I keep the control in my hand near the end of The Office to be able to change the channel before that trash comes on. I get that Tyler Perry has done good things for the community and that a lot of people drink the Kool-aid because of it. But that guy has got to be the LEAST funny person I have ever seen.

Coachurly

April 28th, 2011
1:52 pm

Though I’m not a fan of “Meet the Browns” or “House of Payne”, I’m actually looking forward to this show. In my opinion, White and Smith have been criminally underused in Hollywood. They’re both talented and I’ve always felt that both of them deserved their respective moments to shine, and now they’ve got it. Kudos to Mr. Perry for giving them a chance.

Pincess

April 28th, 2011
2:27 pm

I love anything that Tyler comes out with. I think he is a man of God!!!. He has had up’s and downs in his life.Mr. Perry contiue to hold to God’s hand. Stay the great person you are. Please contiue to do the great work, God as bless you with the talent to do for the world.

RDC

April 28th, 2011
2:30 pm

Hater's get a life.

April 28th, 2011
2:33 pm

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Stephanie

April 28th, 2011
3:26 pm

Sad to see House of Payne go.

To the haters & complainers

April 29th, 2011
9:53 am

Why do Tyler’s haters continue to overuse the terms “coonery and buffoonery”? If this is not your type of comedy, then so be it! Don’t watch. But are you just as critical towards the Wayans family, Martin Lawrence, Tracey Edmunds…??? “White Chicks”, anybody?!

teen20_2001

April 29th, 2011
12:01 pm

…it was a “payne” to watch. please no more…

carlaroqs

April 29th, 2011
2:21 pm

to the haters and complainers: yep, and you forgot jaime foxx and a few others.

lwa

April 29th, 2011
4:13 pm

I look forward to the new show. I didn’t care for House of Payne but loved Meet the Browns.

Me

April 30th, 2011
9:25 am

I’m not a T.P. fan, but do what ya do..it’s not hurting anybody…interesting question based on the last few comments-Does any African-American that does comedy fall in the “coonery and buffoonery” category?

To: Me & Carlaroq from To the haters...

April 30th, 2011
10:53 am

My point exactly, so why single out Tyler Perry? Maybe because he’s made a fortune is such little time? I’ll bet if some of the haters could have thought of it first, they would have jumped on it!
Leave the man be. If you don’t like his stuff, it’s your right, but don’t just be so ugly in trying to drag him down.
You may not like the comedy, but he’s a SMART businessman who keeps HALF of Black Hollywood working and keeps millions laughing & uplifted.

Till

May 3rd, 2011
12:02 pm

@Rhett Butler, “Has Tyler come out of the closet yet?” NO, he came out of a mansion in the sky! GOD does not create junk, but when I think about your thoughts, I know who you worship. You are a flaming hot mess. If his brain was as narrow and small as yours, it might fit into a small, narrow and mildewed closet. Are you asking because you are interested? Leave the man alone! I applaud Mr. Perry for all of his accomplishments. I want to thank him for a good laugh after a long day of work and the messages that he deliver in all of his work.