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OWN Network Orders 2 New Scripted Series From Tyler Perry

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 13, 2012 2:00 PM
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Two months after news that Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network had entered into a partnership with Tyler Perry to bring scripted series to the network, effectively killing Tyler's own plans to launch his own TV network, comes news that OWN has officially ordered 2 comedy series from Tyler Perry, in an overall deal that will see Perry write, direct and executive produce both.

The 2 new scripted series are:

The Haves and the Have Nots  - a drama about the dynamics of the affluent Cyrer family and the impoverished family of their housekeeper, Hanna, and the obstacles and secrets that exist within both.


Love Thy Neighbor -  a multicamera comedy set at Love's Diner, where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a lot of love for its zany neighbors.

It's not yet known exactly how many episodes of each have been ordered by OWN.

THR says that production on both shows will beging early next year, and will make their debuts in mid-2013.

Moving along rather quickly given that timeline... looks like some black actors are going to be getting some new TV work soon.

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  • Marie | December 17, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    The TP problem is that as the single most visible and successful black tv show creator and filmmaker, the quality of his work is consistently poor. With most creators, there's a noticeable improvement in their work as they get more experienced. Sadly, after 10 movies, Perry's last film has the same shortcomings as his first. I don't think it's enough that he's giving black people work; he's giving black people work in low quality productions. As a result, he's not helping them get work with more talented writers and directors. As I've argued before, the only person really being helped by TP's success is TP.

  • Monique a Williams | December 14, 2012 9:54 AMReply

    Both shows sound wack. I can already see the exaggerated hand gestures, over the top laughs, bulging eyes, etc. #coonfest2013

  • Miles Ellison | December 13, 2012 11:00 PMReply

    Blackface versions of Alice and Rich Man, Poor Man. Yay.

  • Jason | December 13, 2012 9:06 PMReply

    The Haves and the Have Nots sounds like "Downton Abby" BOOOOOOO

  • Adam Scott Thompson | December 13, 2012 7:00 PMReply

    I like the premise (but not the title) of the first show. With strong writing -- that is to say, writing other than Mister Perry's -- it could be something new and special.

  • jk | December 13, 2012 11:29 PM

    lol. It won't be.

  • John-Lindsay | December 13, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    While I'm proud that Tyler and Oprah and Tyler have hooked-up and inked a deal. I'm sad that even more negative critics will be on the attack of Perry. My thing is this, if someone IS creating something, doing something and causing Actors of color to be hired...what could be better?! Granted, that some of Perry's Plays and/or TV episodes have rubbed some the wrong way, that's fine and the fact that we live in a free society that enables all to voice various opinions. However, on the other hand, I feel that we must also, be just as critical towards non-black writers and producers, that continue to create characters, movies and TV Shows that have NO black actors whatsoever, and that DO NOT HIRE black actors whatsoever. At least Tyler Perry is empowered to "greenlight" his own projects, and to hire whom he darn well pleases in TV, stage & movies. Lastly, if those other non-black writers and producers and production companies, were to take a cue from Tyler Perry, when it comes to hiring and casting more black actors, then amazingly enough, perhaps within the next 5-10 years Hollywood may just achieve true and actual diversity based on its casting and hiring efforts.

  • Akimbo | December 19, 2012 12:04 AM

    I caught my first episode of Are We There Yet and was shocked at how decent it was. Not great, but legitimately funny and definitely worthy of a slot on UPN or WB. That's much more than I can say for Tyler Perry's shows, Love That Girl, First Family, Mr. Box Office, Reed Between the Lines, Let's Stay Together, Soul Man (not to mention every other TV Land show minus Hot in Cleveland), and any other brainless black sitcom I'm overlooking.

  • Kirkwood | December 13, 2012 7:09 PM

    Are We There Yet was definitely better overall than TP shows. Luv That Girl starred one black woman and lasted more than one season. How many shows has ever done that. First Family was a first run syndication with more veteran actors than a TP movie almost. Those are good example to the contrary of the original post, not a complement. Mr. Box Office TV, Rickey Smiley Show. Latter 2012 saw a uptick in scripted comedy from black actors. We need to keep kissing frogs, Most white shows fail and are not that funny but on average are higher funded than black shows. So headed in the right direction. Since their is a demo of people not just black people that don't like TP I say there is an audience so all good for TP and others.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | December 13, 2012 4:54 PM

    So eloquently put by both of you. I also want to add that Martin Lawrence with "Who's That Girl", Robert Townsend, Ice Cube "Are We There Yet", and Byron Allen "The First Family", are all people trying to employ and put out projects for African Americans. However, the writing isn't good and I think that these different producers and comedians need to work together more to help fill in the missing pieces. If they get better writers then the casting will naturally fall into place. The one thing that is different about Tyler than the others, is that he can consistently bring people together, whether they are newcomers or veterans. You have to give him mad respect for that. Yes, I have problems with some of his works but I do repect his efforts.

  • evie | December 13, 2012 4:44 PM

    Same stories told over and over lack creativity.

  • MissWildfire | December 13, 2012 4:34 PM

    I agree with you completely. Tyler Perry is getting so harshly criticized because he is the only one consistently doing movies with majority black casts, and somehow people act like he's representing all black people because of that. It's obvious he writes from his own experiences, and even though I think his work is repetitive, I appreciate that the only way I'm going to see black actresses I love like Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, and Gabrielle Union are through his work. Now does that mean I don't think he can improve? No. I understand why people don't like him or his work, but the villification of his efforts is discouraging when other companies can pick up the slack.

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