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Tyler Perry signs deal with OWN for scripted series

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Atlanta media mogul Tyler Perry had a good run with Atlanta-based TBS, but he’s now moving on to  his buddy Oprah Winfrey and her TV network OWN.

According to, Perry will “executive produce, write and direct two new scripted series for a mid-2013 premiere on OWN, marking the network’s first foray into scripted programming.”

Perry had a long run with TBS, first with “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” then “Meet the Browns” and now “For Better or Worse.”

The sitcom “House of Payne” aired 254 new episodes from 2007 through August of this year under a model designed by Perry to whip out as many shows as possible in as short a time as possible to get to syndication. “Meet the Browns” lasted 140 episodes from early 2009 through November of last year.

“For Better or Worse” has aired 34 new episodes to date, with 11 more to go this second season. That show will be committed to TBS as long as TBS still wants it.

But TBS is no longer focused as much on the African-American audience, especially after it picked up talk show host Conan O’Brien last year. Conan was not a good coupling with the Tyler Perry series (which Conan made fun of at times.)

So with Conan airing Monday through Thursday, TBS decided last year to move the Perry shows from Wednesday to the less popular viewing night of Friday. “The Big Bang Theory” repeats, which debuted on TBS a year ago, have paid dividends for the network, boosting Conan as a more compatible lead in.

Clearly, Perry saw the writing on the wall with TBS and pursued a new home for his scripted TV work. OWN has seen its own ratings grow sharply this year and one of its most successful shows, “Welcome to Sweetie Pies,” does well with black audiences.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

27 comments Add your comment

C. Hagood

October 1st, 2012
4:40 pm

NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Not unless you will be being Christ to Oprah and not having Oprah bring the world (her world) to you. May your relationship with Christ be strong enough to soften the heart of Oprah and re-open her eyes the her Lord and Savior. I pray strength and endurance for you Tyler. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you step out into the endeavor. — AMEN!!!


October 1st, 2012
4:50 pm

So, what are you calling Oprah the “DEVIL?”


October 1st, 2012
5:31 pm

I do like Oprah and Tyler as well. My only issue with moving those shows, if that is the case, is that OWN is not extremely accessible on regular TV. I have comcast and I rarely watch TV, but in order to watch OWN, I had to jump two tiers (more $) just to get the channel….#notcool


October 1st, 2012
5:36 pm

I don’t really care for Tyler Perry’s sitcoms. They are just too silly and predictable. It would be great if he could do a night-time drama series/soap opera…something similar to Single Ladies or Dallas.

Fred ™

October 1st, 2012
5:49 pm

I guess I am SO stupid. I never looked at a show as a Black show or a White show……. or a Hispanic show or an Asian show…………

If a show is good it’s good. I liked Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Was that a “Black show?” I LOVED “New York Undercover” and hated it got cancelled. I was surprised to read years later that it was a “Black” show.

What was Oprah? She had EVERYBODY watching her demographically (although not me lol).

I wish we could get over freaking race.


October 1st, 2012
6:17 pm

Tyler’s on fire!


October 1st, 2012
7:03 pm

Yes…..why is everything about RACE? When are we going to grow UP? A television show is a show is a show! Nuff Said!

Theresa Kay Taylor-Tyler

October 1st, 2012
7:44 pm

I am a writer too. I have many great ideas. Can you help me…?

whistleblower jones

October 1st, 2012
8:28 pm



October 1st, 2012
8:33 pm

They are both in the closet, so…

Maybe he can take ALL of his shows to OWN because I don’t watch OWN and won’t even have to see his other shows as I surf channels.

People I wish would just go away: Oprah, Tyler Perry, Lindsey Lohan, the Kardashians, all reality TV folks, cell phone users while driving/walking, let’s see who else?


October 1st, 2012
8:41 pm

Great!!!!!!!!!! I just hope Tyler has better writers for his shows. His movies are great but his tv shows seem to be lacking good writers. Oprah is a great example for women to reach the stars and those who try to bring her down need to sat down. Peace out!!


October 1st, 2012
9:17 pm

The first blogger goes to New Birth…………….LoL


October 1st, 2012
10:45 pm

Move on…over to Creflo,s church

Gaboi 3000

October 1st, 2012
10:45 pm

this is a beautiful situation for the both of them, she needs a boost and his shows have been consistent, he cut his teeth with the sitcoms on TBS and now she’s gonna get a more seasoned Tyler in the next phase of his career, and for the people that stress race, simple things entice the simple mind, im out.


October 2nd, 2012
12:05 am

Anymore most African American themed/produced movies and shows suck. Being honest. W win Oscars for playing nannies, drug addicts, thugs, the true wins are rare and few between. Tyler Perry’s shows are cheaply produced, hair and makeup is awful, the writers and scripts just be awful. He’s no Bill Cosby, or even Will Smith, that’s. For sure. It’s. Like he poured kool aid in a wine bottle, and people are buying that crap. I understand writers write what they know, but there are only so many ways to say the same thing. Parental issues, abuse, neglect, crime, drugs and violence always followed by redemption. I’m black and my story is more than that. Then again this is the same audience that believes they are the silent and unseen cast members of Love and Hip Hop. As for him moving to Oprah, doesn’t matter. My own family tunes in to Oprah once a week for a Sweetie Pies, even though I don’t care for it that much, the cast interviews seem to be forced and poorly written jokes. Oprah has simply realized that her 4pm white, middle class stay at home/day off audience that tuned in after kid pickup but before the husband got home did not follow her to all day programming, if they followed her to any of it. She largely tuned out her black audience for 20 something years, but now when the chips are down she turns to us, ah…it’s. A Tyler Perry Production…..


October 2nd, 2012
12:21 am

Some of you guys are just mean. You should be proud that you have two African Americans working together and giving so many other African Americans jobs. These two people are trying to show you that you can do and be anything you want to if you work hard, believe in GOD or some higher power than yourself. Wake up people. Instead of trying to bring people down when they are sucessful celebrate their sucess and maybe you might see your life change.


October 2nd, 2012
1:15 am


just because folks don’t care for PERRYS movies dont mean theyre mean…the black audience is way more sophisticated than we were back in the 70’s when black shows were very rare. having a black show these days dont mean blacks will watch it if its boring and predictable. And you may need OPRAH and Perry to show YOU how to work hard but grown mature folks don’t. Don’t confuse your hero worship with being GODLY , its just hero worship.


October 2nd, 2012
1:23 am

just when i thought OWN couldnt get any more boring, she signs Perry to do more silly boring cheap sitcoms like MEET THE BROWNS, etc. And by the way just because theyre black don’t mean blacks have to watch their crap programming.

Ed S.

October 2nd, 2012
2:03 am

Does anyone even watch those shows? I’ve never watched a single episode.


October 2nd, 2012
4:50 am

Well good for Tyler. That’s the only reason I watch TBS in Wed. Night. Now I only watch on Fridays. Conan is not that funny nor is he getting the demographics as David Letterman or Jay Leno not that I watch them either! It’s always disturbing or an uneasy subject about race being involved. But we are very proud Honey Boo Boo got pick up for more shows. Make Georgia proud! Lol.


October 2nd, 2012
9:31 am

since this seems to be about race let it be known that I am a white girl with a white husband and white kids . I only clarified that bcause it seems to matter to some..
I absolutely love all of Tyler Perry’s work. If i am having a bad day I will watch Meet the Browns and it always makes me smile. I watch House of Payne and realize this show is about reality without it being a reality show. I just watched Madea;s Family Reunion last night. It was a good storyline and if most families would come together like that then the world would be a better place.
Tyler Perry I love your work and I will follow your shows! Keep it up.
As Mr Brown say “Stop being so nasty” !!!!


October 2nd, 2012
12:33 pm

WHY TYLER And OPRA cant bail out MORRIS BROWN? U no they got the money!


October 2nd, 2012
1:29 pm

@sana give it up. time to move on MBC is dead and gone.

RODNEY why no talk of Clark Howard being screwed by WSB Radio for tRush? Oh I forgot you are a Cox employee.

Keeping it real

October 2nd, 2012
4:08 pm

Sana, why SHOULD Oprah and Tyler bail out Morris Brown? Just because they have money doesn’t mean they must bail out EVERY African-American casualty. It’s not a given that if you are African American (and I AM) you must be the saviours of the race. They are both philanthropists who give back regularly as they see fit. If you feel so strongly, are you giving up a portion of your savings/earnings to save Morris Brown? Have you donated one dollar?


October 2nd, 2012
6:16 pm

Think before you write your comments just let then then both.


October 2nd, 2012
7:49 pm

@ Really I don’t believe Oprah lost her black audience. I believe her core audience took her empowerment ideas and became empowered. In short, her core audience has become the movers and shakers of corporate America.

Also, GOD has truly blessed Tyler Perry. His act of kindness – replacing a stolen van for
a local resident – exhibits his heart, He is redefining the word wealth; bless to be a blessing
to others.

Tyler is fortunate to have a mentor like Oprah who inspires others to dream the impossible
and reach for the stars. .

satara williams

October 5th, 2012
10:38 pm

HEY, OPRAH WINFREY AND TYLER PERRY , MAY GOD Bless your vison. that God has giving you . and the show is going to be a Blessing . lifes will be change forever. testmoning always bring light. may GOD ADD A BLESSING TO HIS WORD. A LIVING ROSE. satara