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In Addition To 2 New Series, OWN Picks Up Tyler Perry's 'For Better Or Worse,' Orders 3rd Season

by Courtney
February 20, 2013 4:48 PM
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cast of For Better or Worse (courtesy of TBS)

This makes it 3 original series from Tyler Perry that will air on the OWN network.

The full story via press release from OWN follows:


LOS ANGELES – Tyler Perry’s popular sitcom “For Better Or Worse” is coming to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with a third season of all new episodes debuting in the fall of 2013. In addition, the network has garnered the encore rights for the first two seasons of the sitcom’s 45 episodes that originally aired on TBS.

The series, which was basic cable's #1 sitcom of 2011 and the #1 show on all of television with African-American adults, follows three couples who are at various stages of their relationships as they weather the ups-and-downs of married life and dating. The original cast is set to return in their starring roles including Tasha Smith, Michael Jai White, Crystle Stewart, Kent Faulcon, Kiki Haynes and Jason Olive. Production will begin in Atlanta in April.

“ ‘For Better Or Worse’ is a great addition to our growing lineup of scripted programming from Tyler,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “We’re excited to build out OWN’s slate of original shows.”

“For Better Or Worse” will mark OWN’s third scripted series from Perry who has an exclusive deal with the network to produce new television series and projects. The first two original series – the sitcom “Love Thy Neighbor” and the ensemble drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” – are set to premiere in May. The original series mark the network’s first venture into scripted programming.

About “For Better Or Worse”

Written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, “For Better of Worse” centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith, “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “Couples Retreat”), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband of 13 years, Marcus (Michael Jai White, “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “Spawn”). Marcus is a former professional football player who has recently partnered with Richard Ellington (Kent Faulcon, “American Beauty”) and Joseph Jetson (Jason Olive, “Raising Helen”) on a new sports news program called C-Sports Now. Marcus’s business relationship with Richard and Joseph is complicated, however, by the fact that Richard is dating Keisha (Kiki Haynes, “Nora’s Hair Salon”), Marcus’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his teenage daughter. In addition, Joseph’s girlfriend, successful real estate agent Leslie (Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008), is Angela’s best friend, which sometimes makes it difficult for the couples to keep their business and private lives from mingling. The series is produced by Tyler Perry Studios.

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  • ALM | February 21, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Good for TP and OW, but where are they pulling these ratings from for 'For Better or Worse'? I don't know anyone who watches the show, and I have seen multiple comments saying that the show is not up to par. Is 'For Better or Worse' #1 because it has no competition?

  • Anonymous | February 21, 2013 2:07 AMReply

    This Just In: OWN network rebranding to TPN. Tyler said he wanted his own network and Oprah seems determined to give it to him.

  • Curtis | February 21, 2013 9:15 AM

    Well if its mean e en more money and sucess for both then go for it. Both are atthe top of there game right now.

  • lilkunta | February 20, 2013 7:30 PMReply

    Hmm, how did TP get out of his deal with TBS? And FBOW was #1 in AfrAm homes in 2011, but isnt the #1show now Scandal? Oprah fans and OWN viewers are upper middle class and wealthy ANGLOS, so will they watch these afram shows? I commend Oprah for trying. I also hope she watched episodes of TP's crap stereotypical buffon shows 'paynes' and 'browns' and told TP that NONE of that foolishness may be on the shows TP is making for OWN.

  • Really? | February 20, 2013 6:19 PMReply

    First Robbie Montgomery, then Iyanla Vanzant and now Tasha Smith!?!? Oprah just just change the name of OWN to the "Angry Black Woman Network."

  • ALM | February 21, 2013 4:47 PM

    In what way is Iyanla angry?

  • lucy | February 20, 2013 7:49 PM

    get real.... but everyone has to right to think what they want even being as wrong as you are...

  • Curtis | February 20, 2013 5:53 PMReply

    Like him or Not Tyler Perry is on the top of the world. Had no idea For Better or worse was doing the great in ratings.

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