Tyler Perry is shifting allegiances — ending his long-standing relationship with one cable network and strengthening his bond with his new partner, Oprah Winfrey.
The Los Angeles Times reports that “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse" will move from TBS, where Perry has been providing programming for years, to Winfrey’s OWN cable network. Perry entered into an agreement last year to create new programs for OWN, as we reported back in October.
The comedy series will make the move this fall.
“The move of ‘For Better or Worse’ from TBS to OWN officially ends Perry’s long-standing relationship with the Time Warner subsidiary,” the story reports. “Perry had created two other sitcoms for TBS — ‘House of Payne’ and ‘Meet the Browns.’ Both of those shows are no longer in original production.”
Winfrey’s OWN previously announced two new Perry projects that are due to roll out in 2013: “Love Thy Neighbor,” a comedy, and “The Haves and the Have Nots,” a drama.
“Getting into business with Perry was seen as a big shift in strategy for OWN, which initially wanted to focus on lifestyle programming and reality fare,” the report notes.
In a statement, OWN President Erik Logan said: "’For Better or Worse’ is a great addition to our growing lineup of scripted programming from Tyler."