OWN Enters Scripted TV Development With Tyler Perry





BFF's Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are in business together once again. Deadline is reporting OWN and Perry have signed a multi-year deal for two scripted series. Perry will write, direct and executive produce the series for a mid-2013 debut on OWN. This is the first venture into scripted development for OWN. Said Winfrey:

I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television.  That day has come. We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series.

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    MsAgentProvocateur1

    [quote=bonobochick]Guessing OWN is desperate for viewers to do this. I still don’t get why his stuff is popular. I’ve tried and tried but I just can’t with TP’s stuff.[/quote]

    I was going to keep my mouth shut on this one– using the old ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say…’ but you put it so succinctly, I can only say:

    I must agree with you.

    That is all.

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    glowery

    OWN needs something to stay afloat. Oprah can’t do it by herself. People are not as enthralled with the Big O as they once were. She fell out of favor with me several years ago.

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    david46208

    @Jillian: Oprah should have called the creator of Girlfriends and The Game, Mara Brock Akil. She has Kelsey Grammer as the EP. Now she can write some classy stuff. But to have Tyler Perry writing for OWN is like having 50 Cent host a show on The Word network!

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    Divatude58

    I don’t see TP’s genre fitting in with Oprah’s vision for OWN. I could be wrong. I agree with the poster above who said that Mara Brock Akil could have produced something just a bit classier.

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    MsNixon

    Big O and Tyler have been friends for years so I can see why they’ve formed this partnership. I think it’s a good idea. She should be able to keep him away from the dresses and some of his more annoying storytelling tendencies. Adapting “The Family That Preys” or a “Generations”-type show into a nighttime soap might be a good fit for the network.

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