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.