When I first read this, I wondered whether Tyler Perry’s TV contract with the OWN network was exclusive – meaning, he cannot produce new programming for other TV networks while he’s under contract with OWN. But then I found out that TLC is owned by Discovery Communications, who also happen to be co-owners of the OWN network; so it’s still very much within the “family” so to speak.
But yes, Tyler Perry is bringing TLC (formerly known as The Learning Channel) its very first scripted series. Up until this announcement, the network primarily focused on reality TV series and what you’d call “lifestyle” programming.
The new show from Perry will be titled “Too Close to Home,” and it will center on a young woman who achieves unparalleled success on the Washington political circuit, only to see it slip away when her affair with a married senator makes headlines. She is forced back to her much more humble beginnings, where her past and its players resurface.
It’s not said whether the lead character will be played by a black actress, and I certainly don’t want to assume. Although just about every single Tyler Perry-branded TV series and film have revolved around the lives of black characters in lead roles. It all depends on what plans are for TLC’s future; if this is the beginning of a rebranding of the network, moving more into scripted territory, and whether they want to target a specific audience demographic.
Casting has yet to be announced, so we’ll have to wait until this to get answers.
Perry, who currently produces four series on OWN, will writer, direct and produce “Too Close to Home.”
And if you’re wondering when he’ll return to the big screen, there’s his new Madea Halloween flick which will be out this fall.