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TBS cancels ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,’ gives ‘For Better or Worse’ 35 episodes

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After a test run of 10 episodes last last year, TBS has given “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” a 35-episode pick up while officially retiring “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.”

Perry’s first TV show, “House of Payne,” which wrapped production last year, is still airing new episodes but will end its run at some unspecified date. “Payne” and “Meet the Browns” were family comedies with both slapstick and occasional serious moments. “For Better or Worse” is Perry’s first adult relationship-type dramedy featuring no laugh track and a one-camera set up.

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TBS aired back-to-back episodes of “For Better or Worse” for five weeks in November and December. The show opened averaging a very strong 3.4 million, then fell to 2 million the next week but stabilized at around 2 to 2.4 million the final three weeks. Counting DVR usage over seven days, the show averaged 2.9 million viewers over 10 episodes, 1.6 million in the coveted 18 to 49 year old demographic.

According to the press release, the program finished the year as basic cable’s No. 1 sitcom of 2011 and the the No. 1 show on all of television with African-American adults.

Although these aren’t quite as big a numbers as “Meet the Browns” or “House of Payne” in their earlier days, the audience is different. Plus, TBS has moved Perry’s shows to Friday nights from Wednesdays. Fridays tend draw fewer viewers.

While 35 episodes is a big pick up by any measure for a new show, it’s less than what “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns” received. “House of Payne” was rewarded 100 and “Meet the Browns” 90 after their initial test runs.

“House of Payne” does not have an end date yet but when all is said and done, Perry will have created more than 250 episodes since its test run in 2006. “Meet the Browns” aired its final episode last November after 140 shows in the can.

The release also provided a summary of TBS’s three other committed scripted projects for 2012:

TBS recently announced that this summer, the network will premiere the new sitcoms Men at Work, starring Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy and Adam Busch, and Sullivan and Son, starring comedian Steve Byrne. Also this year, TBS will launch The Wedding Band, a new comedy series starring Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor and Derek Miller, Melora Hardin, Jenny Wade and Kathryn Fiore.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Colonel Klink

February 15th, 2012
5:20 pm

I liked Mr. Brown and the Colonel.

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NOT OFFENDED

February 15th, 2012
7:20 pm

At first, I was amused by Tyler Perry. But he is a one trick pony. It is the same story re-packaged again and again.

I get his message, but in his world, non African-Americans are set pieces at best.
Cosby was guilty of the same thing in the 80’s, but at least his scripts were multidimensional in the issues addressed (and IMHO, funnier).

Winston

February 15th, 2012
7:25 pm

Perry had a good run with meet the Browns and the House of Payne. He needs to tighten up For Better or Worse and he should be able to get a hundred shows out of it. Get rid of the intern!!!! He is not funny at all!!!!!

CindyJ

February 15th, 2012
7:27 pm

That’s awesome! I hope they bring the character Dinah back!

Thrashers Fan

February 15th, 2012
7:28 pm

What in the world has happened to TBS?!!!

I miss the days of Braves baseball, and great classic movies…. Now all they show is Tyler Perry and Conan O’Brien.

and If it wasn’t for Conan I wouldn’t even know what channel TBS was.

turnt_up!

February 15th, 2012
7:31 pm

@Not Offended – I think you could also argue that for years, no white-Americans were set pieces at best. Still is the case, but now less and less. I remember when all of the “hottest” shows on TV appeared to have few at best non-whites in their cast. Seinfeld, Friends, Two and a Half Men, pretty much any sitcom on CBS. African-Americans in particular generally don’t exist in particular on most TV sitcoms

Angela

February 15th, 2012
7:49 pm

I agree with Winston.

Forrest Mitchell

February 15th, 2012
7:59 pm

For better or worse is more entertaining. This is a great decision.

Wonderment

February 15th, 2012
8:13 pm

Was it Friends or Seinfeld that had the episode where they broke the fourth wall and wondered if there were any Black people in New York?

linda

February 15th, 2012
8:21 pm

As our lives have become more complex we need a good laugh. We needed a place we could go to escape the serious problems we have to deal with from day to day. Tyler has given us that place in his still two current, running shows. I only hope they will leave us one of them. Even Doctors now tell us laughter is the best medicine. Other shows are just silly, these were are funny!! We have enough drama in our own lives, we need a relief from that, and we get that in the two shows Tyler gave us.

Frank

February 15th, 2012
8:26 pm

Horrible, hamfisted, not-comedies. Amos ‘n’ Andy for the 21st century. Tyler does know how to get paid though. Hope he’s invested well.

CJ

February 15th, 2012
8:48 pm

I loved the show!!! Can’t wait for it to come back on, was wondering what happened to the great cast and the change for the better, upscale and hilarious. Thank you, Mr. Perry.

Real American

February 15th, 2012
8:49 pm

Gee Not Offended….so you think Two and a Half Men, The Middle or One Tree Hill all have these diverse casts??

The Truth

February 15th, 2012
9:02 pm

I want humor and don’t care what color the cast is or was. The Middle is funny and Meet the Brown’s was not. Put a black cast on The Middle and have the same writers and it stays funny. End of story.

ispeakthedrewth

February 15th, 2012
9:05 pm

Tyler Perry’s tv shows – like his movies – are terrible. The incessant laugh track wears thin. The characters play on stereotypes. The scripts seem contrived, as if written in the shower or over lunch. All we need is for Tyler Perry to direct a movie with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston, the current king and queen of “I’ll do anything and make any movie for a dollar.”

L.S. Frazier

February 15th, 2012
9:11 pm

I agree with Winston!! I absolutely love For Better or Worse but the intern was very annonying!!

L.S. Frazier

February 15th, 2012
9:11 pm

Honestly

February 15th, 2012
9:20 pm

I am glad that Meet the Browns is going to be canceled. America has come to far from that kind of slapstick shucking and jiving comedy. I love House of Payne, at least SOMETIMES they have a serious moment and there is always a message in the episodes shown. As far as For better or worse, it is the stereotypical n’s w/ money scenario. They do not know how to behave, and the message for people who are having problems in their relationships is HORRIBLE. Sorry Tyler, I love you but it needs work.

FCC Official

February 15th, 2012
9:23 pm

That Feces Bomb of a series should have been cancelled before the pilot episode was even FILMED.

FCC Official

February 15th, 2012
9:23 pm

By the way…

Diversity BLOWS .

Meeks

February 15th, 2012
9:51 pm

Alan blacks never would have had to create black entities if not for people like you and your rebel friends with the stars and bars flag, moon shine, white lightn and stanking w*9*m@@!!!!

Bill Clinton

February 15th, 2012
9:51 pm

I can’t wait until the Fall when we are treated to Tyler Perry’s Generic Black Sitcom starring a bunch of people you have never heard of.

concerned

February 15th, 2012
9:53 pm

hey alan there is Wet its called CBS! FOX! NBC! WB. By the way Fox was built on black shows like Roc and in living color. Now you cant find a black person on fox unless you watched American Idol. Lets not Forget the same can be said for what used to be the WB/UPN Which built the viewership on shows like martin and living single. q

Candy Kane

February 15th, 2012
10:09 pm

Blacks aren’t the largest minority anymore, there are more hispanics around these days–why don’t they put some mexican shows out?

Deepdiver

February 15th, 2012
10:21 pm

Good riddance to all the shuckin’ and jivin’ on Meet the Browns and House of Payne. The Minstrel Show that Tyler Perry put on was tiring and insulting. Come up with real comedy that is not insulting and stereotypical to African Americans.

Joe Johnson

February 16th, 2012
12:01 am

Maybe I just don’t get it as a white dude, but who in the hell watches this garbage? It’s pathetic, insulting, and it appeals to the lowest common denominator.
But then again, maybe that’s the whole point…

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Tim

February 16th, 2012
2:04 am

What happened to the show “Are We There Yet?”

I thought they got renewed for another season.

Let us know something TBS.

Deke

February 16th, 2012
5:49 am

Tyler Perry : taking mediocrity to new heights with each venture.

Wendy

February 16th, 2012
7:17 am

I am a very loyal fan of Tyler Perry. Love his movies and sitcoms – Payne and Brown. But “For Better or Worse” leaves much to be desired. It just doesn’t cut the mustard. Lord knows, I gave it a good college try, but the show is lacking. I am hoping that Tyler will at least add a laugh track. That will improve the very noticeable & awkward moments throughout the show. Tasha’s character needs to show more depth, and pull away from the typical angry black woman mode all the time. Her lines are annoying and she doesn’t seem sincere. Lastly, the intern is a bit corny and the sidekick at the beauty salon is overbearing. Maybe a laugh track will help her lines to better compliment the show. Tyler, you have a very loyal fan base, and I am unashamedly part of that base. Please tighten up, “For Better or Worse.” We want the show to be a success, but it’s not there yet.

dagadawgs

February 16th, 2012
7:40 am

Candy Kane

February 15th, 2012
10:09 pm

Blacks aren’t the largest minority anymore, there are more hispanics around these days–why don’t they put some mexican shows out?

They have it’s called Rob on CBS and it is awful.

gunga din

February 16th, 2012
11:58 am

bring back Amos n Andy. much better making buffoons out of black people. where is the outrage from jesse and al about the way black are being portrayed by perry. imagine the screaming if this show was produced by a white owned company!!!

Huh?

February 16th, 2012
1:43 pm

I agree with turnt_up! and Real American. TP is the only one who showcases African-Americans in lead roles on TV and in the movies. Everyone else relegates us to be the best friend or “guest star”.

I hated Meet the Browns, glad it’s gone. I prefer this new show although the intern is unnecessary. Hope it does well.

Tony

February 16th, 2012
2:24 pm

I hate the intern on this show but I did like the show overall. While he was a little funny I think they could take him out a bit

michael

February 16th, 2012
2:49 pm

Barbara

February 16th, 2012
9:15 pm

I feel that Tyler deals only with people that are well known, what about giving people a chance who would never get a chance. Seems to me that Tyler has changed from where he first started with his relationship with God. Seems like God is taken out of the picture more and more. He would not be where he is if it wasn’t for God. Seems to be he is more concern of being able to get big time people instead of trying to help people who are stuggling trying to get to the top. Tamera needs to go back to her first love which is God. Money is not worth losing your annointing. Once again money changes people. Don’t let money change you.

count_schemula

February 17th, 2012
3:49 am

Meet the Browns and House of Payne were awful. I agree, a show with a good script is a good show regardless of the color of the participants. I love “Everybody Hates Chris” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” They are funny shows with wide themes. We need to judge shows not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their scripts. Two and a Half Men is also terrible. Friends was horrible. Seinfeld was hilarious. Shows now are using token black characters more than ever (Beverly Hills 90210 and Zoey Daschanel Show). I look at those characters and they just don’t even fit. At least South Park calls their character Token, but I would not expect anything less from them. Just write real stuff and let it be. Trying please people with formulas will result in sorry product every time. Having a weak agenda will fail every time too. Having shows like Payne and Browns around just to show black people on TV accomplishes nothing. It seems a lot of black people don’t even like the shows for either being just plain old fashioned bad, or the shuckin’ and jivin’ angle. So now that they have had their run where are we? Back at square one. That’s not how progress works.

TERESA HOWINGTON

February 17th, 2012
10:22 am

I REALLY ENJOY THESE SHOWS THEY ARE BETTER THAN SOME OFTHE THINGS THEY HAVE ON TV NOW A DAYS

TERESA HOWINGTON

February 17th, 2012
10:25 am

ALSO I LIKE THE PEOPLE HE PUTS IN HIS SHOWS I ENJOY THEM

TheLazyComic

February 17th, 2012
3:28 pm

I actually have nothing to add. You all covered this quite well.

Haters

February 17th, 2012
5:17 pm

Sahme people will never accept that Blacks have come a long way and is here to stay…LOL on that.

Haters

February 17th, 2012
5:18 pm

yeah yeah i had a spell error and wow at who will comment on that than the big picture. lets see how small minded people are. HaHa

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VALENCIA

February 19th, 2012
7:32 pm

I hadn’t seen FBOW, but I do respect Tyler’s vision for creating new projects for actors to work. It does take some time for a new show to catch on, depending on the subject matter. Also, since Tyler has used TBS as his unofficial flagship station for his new content, I understand people’s hesitation for his new content: it is featured a lot on the station itself. However, if there are other types of shows people want to see from him, why not tell him so? Unless his fan base chooses to make it clear to him that they want other types of content from him, he will continue to make the same style of movie/play/TV show.

linda

February 20th, 2012
12:04 pm

tyler perry did and is doing just fine. loved all his sitcoms. meet the browns was funny and entertaining and so was house of payne. the new one will have to grow on me. i will miss the old ones though. keep doing your thing tyler. you must be doing something right or you wouldn’t have gone from homeless to what you are today. ignore the naysayers like i’m sure you do.

bl tyler

February 20th, 2012
1:04 pm

Better charachters needed. And a stronger storyline.

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