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OWN Network Orders 2 New Scripted Series From Tyler Perry

OWN Network Orders 2 New Scripted Series From Tyler Perry

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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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

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

Miles Ellison

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


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

Adam Scott Thompson

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.


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.

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