TBS wants no more of Tyler Perry’s ‘House Of Payne’… but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate how Tyler’s shows make it rain on their ratings.
For his next trick, Tyler Perry is bringing the two hood-est characters from his film “Why Did I Get Married?” to the small screen. TBS has ordered ten episodes of the new show “For Better Or For Worse,” which will follow the lives of Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White’s characters Marcus and Angela… you know, the loud, angry Black wife and her can’t-get-right husband with the baby mama drama. Unlike the other Tyler Perry sitcoms, this one is targeting young adults, not families.
No word on whether any of the less stereotypically disfunctional “Why Did I Get Married?” couples will be featured on the show at all.
In a statement, TBS’s executive VP of programming Michael Wright said TBS’s decision to bring a new Perry sitcom in was the success his shows have had in making TBS “a prime destination for African-American viewers.”
“Given such a remarkable track record,” he added, “we’re excited for the opportunity to expand our relationship with Tyler Perry and Debmar-Mercury with the new series ‘For Better or Worse.”
No word on why, despite all of that “success,” “House of Payne,” which brought Perry to TBS is being cancelled after 5 years and 7 seasons.
Tyler Perry didn’t sound too concerned in the announcement press release either.
“Even though it will be sad to say goodbye to House of Payne, I’m really looking forward to exploring new territory with For Better or Worse,” said Tyler Perry. “Working on House of Payne taught me a lot about what it takes to make a successful television series and I’m looking forward to applying that experience to For Better or Worse.”
The new show will start production in Atlanta this summer. No word on when the last episode of “House of Payne” will air.